From 4 October to 19 December 2021, The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong jointly present Italia Mia, a major annual celebration of Italian culture and lifestyle. In its third edition, the festival, supported by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau, strings together over 40 programmes, from cinema to theatre, opera to visual arts, fine dining to wine tastings, design to cooking classes. A few events pay tribute to the 700th anniversary of the death of the great poet Dante Alighieri, celebrating his work and exploring his time and the cities where he lived. While travel is still on hold for many, the organisers aim to bring a diverse programme from around Italy to your fingertips.
The festival will officially kick off on 4 October with “Italia All’Opera,” a concert at City Hall with famous arias by Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti and others performed by the celebrated soprano Louise Kwong and tenor Chen Chen. They will be accompanied by musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the Italian maestro Lorenzo Iosco and the violin virtuoso Gian Paolo Peloso. Other key programmes of the festival include an opera performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the Salento International Film Festival, talks at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival by Francesca Borri, and many more!
Also inseparable from Italian culture is its gourmet traditions. Be it farm produce, cheeses and wines, or sit down dinners, Italian cuisine never fails the taste buds with its creative treatment of farm-to-table ingredients. Italia Mia is happy to bring you a series of seasonal Italian dishes and experiences, including a wine tasting at Vino Condiviso 2021, a culinary journey following the adventurous life of Dante Alighieri, and the Knights of Alba Gala Dinner, a dinner experience exploring the iconic wines from the Piedmont region and the legendary white truffles of Alba.
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