ICS SPECIAL EVENTS: Gala, Natale, Carnevale, Pasqua

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Embassy of Italy Easter Egg Hunt

The Embassy of Italy Easter Egg Hunt 2024, in collaboration with American Italian Food Coalition and The Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC, took place on Sunday April 7th at Villa Firenze, residence of the Italian Ambassador. 

This year, our goal is to raise $30,000 in donations for the Center for the Advancement of Innovative Health Practices. The Children’s Hospital Association and an anonymous donor have generously agreed to match donations up to $10,000 each.


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Annual Gala

The Gala is our main fundraising event and is essential in developing our didactic-cultural and scholarship plans. It is a memorable and elegant occasion to celebrate the Italian culture with students, teachers, entrepreneurs who support us, promoters and lovers of our culture, and recipients of ICS awards, who distinguished themselves in the study of Italian, the classics, art, science and music. Entertainment includes a piano performance given by an award recipient. The Gala, typically hosted at the Italian Embassy, highlights a specific aspect of the excellence of Italian culture, and includes an Italian honorary guest of international acclaim, recognized for his/her successful career in the world.

This year we will celebrate Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food movement, and the Ceretto family, representing three generations of Italian wine excellence. 

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Festa di Natale – Christmas Party

In place of December’s monthly meeting, the ICS celebrates the Holiday season with a musical program and pot-luck dinner featuring traditional Italian dishes. The Festa begins with a piano (or vocal) performance of Italian music, a performance by the children (students of the Music School + little students of our language classes); then, a sing-along of carols, followed by the appearance of Babbo Natale, his elves and La Befana. Decorations include an elaborate Presepio of the Nativity scene. There is a special program of activities for smaller children in a separate room during the musical performance. Afterwards, they are brought into the main room for their own performance and Babbo Natale’s visit. Parents are invited to bring gifts with the name of a child clearly visible for Babbo Natale and his helpers to distribute.

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Festa di Carnevale – Carnival party

Every year the ICS celebrates Carnevale, the 16th century tradition which originates in Veneto and Campania and then spread to all the other Italian regions. We hold a costume party for the entire family in which children and adults dress in their favorite costumes. Join us for a very special afternoon with Chiacchiere (traditional Carnevale sweet), dolci carnevaleschi, and an aperitivo with Aperol Spritz, music and a fun trivia game tItalian traditions! Children are entertained with a Carnevale themed workshop. Prizes are given to winners of the costume contests, dolci di carnevale contest, and raffle.

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