Celebrate Europe’s Day – Embassy of Italy Open House on May 9th


On Saturday May 9, thousands are expected to visit the Embassy of Italy for the annual European Union Embassies’ Open House, the event where embassies of the Member States of the EU celebrate Europe Day in the US capital. Visitors will be able to visit from 10:00AM to4:00PM. Learn more about the Open House here: http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/NR/exeres/19B61F7B-111C-4EF4-818A-32750B3B2367,frameless.htm?NRMODE=Published

Sport and healthy nutrition are the topics chosen this year. They take inspiration from “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life,” the motto of Expo Milano 2015, the world fair gathering 145 countries in Milan ongoing now until October 31st, 2015. The event will also feature the legendary Giro d’Italia bicycle race which starts on the same day in Sanremo.

“A healthy lifestyle–the Italian lifestyle: the theme of this year is inspired by Expo Milano” said Ambassador of Italy to the US Claudio Bisogniero. ”For the thousands of visitors who traditionally visit the embassy during the Open House we will offer a full program of quality entertainment. Acknowledgment goes to the many partners from the cultural and business communities. This day will be both a celebration and an important showcase of Italy in the US.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy a full range of activities dedicated to art, food, design, history, music and science. The large sky-lit atrium of the Embassy will be animated by Kataklò, an athletic dance theatre company from Milan, that will exhibit their extraordinary skills with several performances combining body movements, dance steps, acrobatic athleticism, mime, humor, sound, lights and costumes. For those passionate about sports, the Embassy has prepared a karate demonstration, performed by 2014 world champion of karate, Sara Cardin.  Ample space will be dedicated to experiencing “Made in Italy” on wheels with famous Italian brands such as Ducati, Fiat Chrysler, and Maserati displaying their cars and motorcycles in the Embassy gardens. Inside the Embassy auditorium various informative videos on Italy will be shown including a preview of “On the Trails of the Glaciers: Mission Alaska”, the documentary filmed by an Italian crew aimed at studying the health conditions of Alaskan glaciers, and other videos that explain and celebrate the start of the famous Italian bicycle race “Giro d’Italia”. Starting from 3:00PM science fans will have the possibility to meet Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori, who will talk about his journey into space and answer all kids’ questions.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore art exhibits on display at the Embassy: “The Symposium: Food for Mind, Body and Soul” a collection of smuggled artifacts recovered by the Guardia di Finanza” and photographer Francesco Nonino’s “Selected Works”.  Children will be entertained with tailored activities such as face painting and tattoo stations and, as in the past years, the Italian Fairy will be there to play with them.

To tease the palate, samples and tastings of authentic Italian beverages and food will be offered, sponsored by Bauli, Ferrero, Lavazza, and Domori, while a pasta workshop will guide participants through the artisanal making of pasta.

Lastly, a solidarity corner has also been planned, chaired by Daybreak Children’s Rare Disease Fund and Fondazione Telethon Italia, two organizations dealing with research on diseases, that will showcase their efforts.

The event is made possible thanks to the support of many Italian companies: Alcantara, Bauli, B3, Beretta, Bracco, Caligaris, Enel, ENI, Expert System, FCA, Ferrero, International Gaming Technology (IGT), Lamborghini, Pirelli, and Venistyle. Contributing organizations are:  American Association of Teachers of Italian Chapter DC (AATI), Casa Italiana, Connect4Climate, Daybreak Children Rare Disease Fund and Fondazione Telethon Italians in DC, Italians in DC, Italian Cultural Society, Le DIVE, Macromicro, School of Languages-Department of French and Italian- of the University of Maryland, and SMATCH –Scientific Methodology Applied to Cultural Heritage.

For more information on the EU Open House: http://www.euopenhouse.org


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