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Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria Events

Italian design day: “Italy & South Africa: a comparison on prospects and professional itineraries in Fashion Design”

Organised by the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria, Triennale Milano and South African Fashion Week.

The panel discussion: “Italy & South Africa: a comparison on prospects and professional itineraries in Fashion Design” is the event organised for South Africa on the occasion of the Italian Design Day 2017. Main topics of the debate will be the main features of the Italian and South African fashion systems, the impact of globalisation on the fashion industry and the role of education in fashion, training the ever-growing number of people working in this sector. The discussion, moderated by Gianni Mariano, will be followed by refreshments.

The debate will see the participation, for the Italian side, of Dr Micoletta Morozzi, Director of the Area of Fashion Design at New Academy of Arts NABA in Milan. Her professional activity spreads across the fields of fashion, art and design. She has realised important projects as the exhibitions “Do-it-jibun-de” at Muji Atelier in Tokyo and “Dritto-Rovescio” at the Triennale Milano, besides the “Milano-China project” involving the Chinese community in Milan.

For the South African counterpart, there will be Dr Desiree N. Smal from the Department of Fashion Design at the University of Johannesburg and Ms Lucilla Booyzen, Director of the South African Fashion Week. Booyzen has won several prizes and awards, including the “Shoprite/Checkers woman of the year award” in 2010, and is the creator of several initiatives aimed at developing this sector in South Africa as “The Fashion Agent” agency and the educational programme for young designer “21 Steps to Retail”.

Italian Design Day is an initiative promoted, for the first time this year, by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation with over 100 happenings worldwide on the same day, consisting in events of cultural and economic promotion of Italian design. The topic of design is to be interpreted in a broad sense influencing several fields as culture, art and philosophy, as well as being universally equivalent to Italian quality and creativity.

Thursday 2 March 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00

Wits Art Museum, Corner Jorissen & Bertha Streets Johannesburg

South African tour by Italian Flautist Raffaele Trevisani

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria is proud to announce the South African tour of renowned Italian flautist Raffaele Trevisani from 3 to 13 March 2017. He will perform in several cities and with a varied repertoire, both solo and accompanied by Italian pianist Paola Girardi and other South African musicians, besides holding masterclasses.

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Italian Flautist Raffaele Trevisani

Here below the calendar and program of the tour:

  • “Khachaturian Flute Concert”: 3 March at 20:00 at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, within the framework of the US Woordfees 2017. The University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Corvin Matei, will accompany Mo. Trevisani in his interpretation of the Symphony No. 2 by Tchaikovsky.
  • “Flute and piano recital”: 6 March at 18:00 at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch within the framework of the US Woordfees 2017. He will be accompanied by Italian pianist Paola Girardi. The programme includes music by Corelli, Verdi-Briccialdi, Rossini-Morlacchi, Poulenc and Dvorak.
  • Masterclass: 7 and 8 March from 9:00 to 18:00 at Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Cape Town.
  • “Italian Flute Artistry”: 8 March at 19:00 at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Cape Town. Mo. Trevisani will perform with Myles Roberts, accompanied by Italian pianist Paola Girardi and with the participation of the flute choir directed by Bridget Rennie-Salonen.
  • “Classical Music Concert”: 11 March at 19:00 at La Motte Historic Cellar, La Motte Wine Estate, Franschhoek. He will be accompanied by pianist Paola Girardi.
  • “Flute and piano concert”: 12 March at 16:00 at the Enoch Sontonga Hall, UNISA, Pretoria. He will be accompanied by pianist Paola Girardi.
  • Masterclass: 13 March from 9:00 to 18:30 at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg.

A Long time before receiving his diploma from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, Raffaele Trevisani became the young student of Sir James Galway, studying privately with him. For four years he collaborated with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and then focussed on his soloist career. Currently, he is a flute professor at the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” of Milan. Maestro Trevisani has played in Japan, USA, Canada, South America, Russia, South Africa, England, Spain, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel as well as in Italy for the most important musical Societies and Festivals. He performed in many prestigious halls in Italy, such as Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and abroad (Wigmore Hall in London, Museum Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Trinity Church in New York among many). He has several collaborations as the ones with “Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano”, “Cameristi della Scala” and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, television recordings for Italian and foreign TV stations, and he is a recording artist for Delos, Stradivarius, AS Disc and Hanssler Classic.

Paola Gilardi is an Italian pianist from Milan, where she studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” under Lucia Romanini Marzorati, and concluded her studies at “Nicolini” Conservatory in Piacenza when she was only 17. After further studies, she started teaching piano at the International Music Academy in Milan, activity she still continues today. She performed solo in several concerts, has recorded for various Italian and foreign TV stations, and collaborated with renowned artists as Maxence Larrieu, Ransom Wilson and Ilya Grubert. She plays on a regular basis with Raffaele Trevisani, and the duo tours Europe, USA and Japan. With Raffaele Trevisani has also recorded several CDs for Delos International.

Exhibition Footprints by Italian Artist Valentina Colella in Johannesburg

Exhibition by young Italian artist Valentina Colella, curated by the Center Luigi Di Sarro and presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria in collaboration with Rainbow Media. Sponsor: Hellenic Italian Portuguese Alliance – Italian Section and Associazione Abruzzo Sudafrica.

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Italian Artist Valentina Colella

A visionary, hyperconnected, contemporary dream. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria supports young Italian artists in South Africa and presents the exhibition titled Footprints by Valentina Colella, a collateral event of the bigger project ‘Progetto ARP – Art Residency Project 2015-2017’ by Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, that has planned the residency of the artist in Cape Town for February and March 2017.

The exhibition is made up of three parts: the first one is focused on Abruzzo, Valentina Colella’s homeland, and presents a video shot in 2015 at Campo Imperatore; the second displays a multimedia piece in which a route is traced starting from her town, Introdacqua near Sulmona, up to the mountains up until a mountain shelter overlooking the Peligna Valley. Then the route is transferred on the map of the same town indicating some topical points, corresponding to some places which are fundamental for the local residents. Each of these points is accompanied by pictures with latitude and longitude coordinates so to allow the public to locate the places on GPS. The third and last part is the pictorial one, composed by nine works on paper with studies on essential forms of the earth, the sky and the flight between the two spaces.

Valentina Colella is a conceptual artist who expresses herself with different media: paintings, drawings, installations, video and photos. After completing her studies, she started an in-depth analysis of scenarios referring to the concept of opposition intensified by the various transfers from reality to digital. She draws her inspiration from nature and the landscape surrounding her. That landscape is that of Abruzzo, so beautiful and wild, but deeply devastated by telluric episodes and unusual meteorological happenings in recent times. Colella exhibited her work in London, Cologne, Rome, in Argentina, Taiwan. With her project Learning, Valentina has been selected for the 2016 / 2017 ARP Art Residency Project, Cape Town, South Africa.

Thursday 9 March at 18:30, Circa/Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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