Italian Day

Photo Credit: Italian Day on the Drive

Italian Day on the Drive

Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 12pm to 8pm

Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and respective immigrant contributions in Vancouver. Commercial Drive, also known as The Drive, is home to the annual festival which transforms the street into a lively 14 block, vehicle free, celebration and community festa. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event has grown significantly. Today, Italian Day on The Drive represents the largest one day cultural street festival in the city – and perhaps in Canada – drawing over 350,000 enthusiastic attendees of all cultures and ages. It is a multi-cultural and community embrace under the Italian Day umbrella offering over 200 street participants comprised of: sponsors, merchants, retail booths, food vendors and restaurant patios, as well as stages with live music and theatre, street performers, classic cars, activities and displays, children’s amusement zones and more.

Italian Day on The Drive is organized and produced by the Italian Day Festival Society in collaboration with:

The Commercial Drive Business Society
Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre
Anigraph Productions
City of Vancouver

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Italian Day 2017 Theme: Amore

In Italian, Amore means love. Whether in philosophy or in its endearing use of expression, it lies at the heart of Italian culture and its lifestyle. It is a universal language and an exchange evoking many things: affection, romance, passion, respect, creativity, and commitment. It is life, unity and the pursuit for an emotional connection; and is shared in relationships, arts and culture, at the dinner table, in our daily work, in pursued dreams, and in community.

Italian Day’s success is founded on the principal that together we can create and nurture trusted relationships and collaborations, fuelled by love and the belief in who we are and what we do. To quote David Frost, ‘Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally’.

For Italian Day 2017, we celebrate Amore in all aspects of life and the magical power it holds to inspire, connect and create infinite possibilities and experiences, both individually and collectively.

Balla come se nessuno stesse guardando,
ama come se nessuno ti avesse mai ferito,
canta come se nessuno stesse ascoltando,
vivi come se il paradiso fosse sulla terra

Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth

For more information:  http://italianday.ca/

Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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