The State Library will be transformed into a piece of Italy this Sunday at the free Viva l’Italia! family day.

The Italian festival is inspired by the Library’s latest exhibition: Rome: Piranesi’s vision and will feature an array of free activities, entertainment and culinary delights.

Viva l’Italia! echoes Italy’s centuries old tradition of La Scampagnata or picnic. There’ll be wonderful Italian food, music and dance as well as bocce on the lawn and printmaking and mask painting for children. It’s a little piece of Italy in the centre of Melbourne.

Festivities include life drawing of models dressed as Roman gods, a DJ spinning Italian ‘50s ‘60s tunes, pizza acrobatics, Lego monuments of Rome to build, folk music and sing-alongs with Italian women’s choir La Voce Della Luna.

One of the day’s highlights will be the free Italian and English tours of Rome: Piranesi’s vision, the Library’s premier exhibition showcasing the exquisite artworks of 18th Century Italian master printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 – 78).

Come join us at Viva l’Italia! 11am-4pm, Sunday, April 13. Bookings are not required.

Full details here.


Viva L'Italia!

Viva L’Italia!


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