GRAND SUCCESS EXPECTED FOR THE SUMMER WINE TASTING

New York, May 11, 2015 – Great interest is spreading among trade representatives, media and opinion leaders, for the tasting dedicated to the wines of the summer: “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” whose stars—together with white wines, sparkling wines and rosé—are Prosecco and Moscato.

The event, now in its third edition, aims to give further prominence to Italian wines in the press at a time when Italian summer wines are enjoying significant success in the U.S. market.

Numerous wineries of great prestige have already confirmed their participation in “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” and will present an interesting and varied range of wines, such as: Brachetto, Dolcetto, Fragolino, Frascati, Gavi di Gavi, Lacrima Cristi, Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Roero, Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Vernaccia, as well as Prosecco, Moscato and Brut.

To accompany the wines this year, there will be a wide selection of typical summer dishes prepared by prestigious Italian restaurants in New York and by some of the most important food producers.

The event “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” will take place in New York, between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

For more information, please contact Italian Wine and Food Institute (iwfi@aol.com) or visit its website: www.iwfinews.com.

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THE ITALIANS ARE COMING TO BOOKEXPO AMERICA!

May 2015 – The Italian Trade Agency is pleased to announce Italy’s official participation at BookExpo America 2015 (May 27-29) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Italian pavilion in Booths 1631 and 1731 will showcase the latest books, catalogues and multimedia products by 16 Italian exhibitors. See an exciting selection of art and photography books, literature and poetry, young adult and children’s books, cookbooks, health and medical books, foreign language books, and more from leading Italian publishers and printers.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with Italian representatives from 24 ORE Cultura, Atlantyca, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Cartiere del Garda, Corraini Edizioni, De Agostini Libri, Edi.Ermes, Giunti Editore, Guerra Edizioni, Logos edizioni, OGM, Pigini Group Printing Division, and Sime Books. The latest offerings by 66thand2nd, Gruppo Albatros Il Filo and Sillabe will also be on display.

Once again, in collaboration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, ITA will present a selection of the fair’s prestigious Illustrators Exhibition featuring this year’s Italian illustrators. Created by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1967, the Illustrators Exhibition offers artists from all over the world a unique opportunity to display their talent to key players in the sector who come to Bologna every year for the most important trade show for the exchange of copyrights for children’s literature. Established artists and emerging talents are selected by an authoritative international jury consisting of publishers, artists and museum directors.

Don’t miss the featured talk with Giorgio Fontana, one of the strongest voices in contemporary Italian fiction and winner of the Premio Campiello, on Thursday, May 28 at 2:30pm on the East Side Stage: Death of a Happy Man: Conversation with the author Giorgio Fontana about his literary journey.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce (Bureau of Census), in 2014 Italy ranked sixth among the major foreign suppliers of books, newspapers and other printed matter, exporting $80 million of products, in particular dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibles, newspapers and journals.

The Italian Trade Agency is the government organization that promotes the internationalization of the Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Italian Trade Agency provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies. The Chicago Office is responsible, among others, for the publishing sector as well as maintaining and regularly updating its publishing website.

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Sabato 9 maggio Giornata Porte Aperte all’Ambasciata italiana a Washington. In migliaia attesi per Expo Milano, Giro d’Italia e Telethon. Per raccontare un Paese in movimento.

Washington, 5 maggio 2015 – Sabato 9 maggio l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington aprirà le sue porte in occasione di EU Open House, la manifestazione che celebra la giornata dell’Europa grazie ad eventi organizzati da tutte le ambasciate UE. “Uno stile di vita sano, l’Italian lifestyle: il tema di quest’anno è ispirato a Expo Milano”, spiega l’Ambasciatore Claudio Bisogniero. “Alle migliaia di visitatori che tradizionalmente visitano l’Ambasciata durante la giornata “Porte Aperte”  offriremo  un programma ricco, di qualità e anche divertente. Grazie anche ai tanti partner economici e culturali italiani coinvolti, la giornata sarà al tempo stesso una festa e un’importante vetrina per l’Italia in America.”

Alimentazione, sostenibilità, solidarietà e sport racconteranno un’Italia in movimento, un Paese pieno di energie.  I visitatori potranno fare un giro d’Italia virtuale. E conoscere anche il Giro d’Italia vero e proprio, con le immagini della corsa ciclistica che partirà lo stesso giorno da Sanremo. Ancora sport, dalla compagnia di danza acrobatica “Kataklò”, fondata da una ginnasta olimpionica,  alla campionessa mondiale di karate Sara Cardin, atleta del Gruppo Sportivo Esercito italiano. Il cibo sarà protagonista, non solo in tavola, ma anche nelle mostre: da “Selected Works” del fotografo Francesco Nonino a “Symposium”, allestita con preziosi oggetti utilizzati dagli antichi nei loro banchetti, rubati da trafficanti d’arte e poi recuperati dalla Guardia di Finanza italiana. In cartellone numerose altre attività legate al Made in Italy, alla gastronomia e alla cultura italiana, la proiezione di video e immagini dalla missione “Sulle Tracce dei Ghiacciai: Missione in Alaska” del fotografo Fabiano Ventura, oltre a laboratori ed attività ludiche per bambini in collaborazione con diverse associazioni basate a Washington. Le organizzazioni Daybreak Children Rare Disease Fund e Fondazione Telethon presenteranno le proprie iniziative di ricerca sulle malattie genetiche rare.

L’organizzazione dell’evento è stata resa possibile grazie al sostegno di numerose imprese ed associazioni italiane: Alcantara, B3, Beretta, Bracco, Caligaris, ENEL, Expert System, FCA, Ferrero, International Gaming Technology (IGT), Lamborghini, Pirelli, Venistyle e, tra le associazioni, AATI American Association of Teachers of Italian Chapter DC, Casa Italiana, Daybreak Children Rare Disease Fund e Fondazione Telethon, Italians in DC, Italian Cultural Society, Le Dive, Macromicro, SMATCH (Scientific Methodology Applied to Cultural Heritage), e l’iniziativa Connect4Climate.

 Per maggiori informazioni sulle attività del 9 maggio, visitare il sito: http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/IIC_Washington/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=665

Per maggiori informazioni sull’EU Open House: http://www.euopenhouse.org/

Per seguire l’Ambasciata d’Italia su Twitter: @ItalyinUS

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Message from NIAF President John Viola

Dear Friends,

Join the IALC today!Over the past few months, you’ve probably seen the acronym “IALC” popping up in some of our literature, including our magazine, Ambassador. For those of you who are unaware, the IALC represents the National Italian American Foundation’s newest initiative for engaging Italian Americans across the nation.

The Italian American Leadership Council (IALC) is the latest version of a long-successful membership concept here at NIAF, one that was created in 1975 with the Council 100, which evolved into the Council 1000 and eventually the Council 2000. In the past year and a half, this concept has been reformatted and reimagined as the IALC. The idea is pretty simple. The IALC is born out of the desire to gather 1,000 Italian American men and women who see themselves as active community leaders and to reward them and their financial participation with real say in what goes on here at NIAF.

After three years here at NIAF, we’ve done an awfully good job of making sure that we can deliver world-class programming to Italian Americans and Italians while maintaining rigorous fiscal discipline in terms of our operations. Operational overhead that used to cost $3.2 million a year now costs $1.6 million. If we look at future growth (meaning even better and more frequent engagement in the regions) we project an operational budget that will be $2.5 million a year, with $500,000 of that specifically earmarked for regional programming. That means every penny of that half a million dollars goes right out the door to support new projects run for and by the Italian American community.

Basing our operations on that number, we’re asking one thousand people to shoulder that burden with us. One thousand Italian Americans to commit to $2,500 a year as more than a donation—as a self-identification and as a statement that they are leaders in our community—that they see the need to preserve and protect, not only our heritage, but our leading institutions like NIAF, and that they want a voice in the direction of our Foundation.

To make sure that the advisory portion of this council is met, our Board voted to make IALC membership a requirement for service on the Board of Directors at NIAF, along with service as a Regional Vice President or Area Coordinator. This way, anyone who represents NIAF in the world is guaranteed to have taken on at least a small share of the Foundation’s financial needs.

We also wanted to make sure that these people could gather once a year and lend their voice to important conversations about the direction of our community… so what better place than NIAF’s Anniversary Gala Weekend in Washington, D.C.,—the premier event for Italians and Italian Americans in the United States. Therefore, inclusive in this $2,500 donation is one complimentary Premier Gala Dinner ticket. This ensures that our NIAF Gala Weekend will be filled with the voices that will shape the future direction of our Foundation and our community. We’ve also included IALC members in all events, which were, up until now, restricted to our Board of Directors, such as our Mission to Italy each summer and our NIAF Leadership Retreat every winter in Florida. Beyond these invitations are a litany of networking opportunities and benefits, which are able to be viewed at www.niaf.org/IALC. But to me, it’s not about what you are getting from this, but what you are giving back to our people

I know that you will agree with me when I say that the best thing we can do for our culture and future generations of Italian Americans is to make sure that we have stalwart and committed leadership at the helm of an organization like NIAF. I hope we see some of you on the IALC roll-call as the initiative evolves… because I look forward to your part in that leadership.

Yours in Partnership,

John M. Viola.

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