2021 Program

2021 Program

Saturday May 8, 2021

11 amFeature Presentation
"Corpi estranei" by Oiza Queensday Obasuyi

Against the backdrop of her essay on racism and discrimination in Italy, Oiza Q. Obasuyi will explore the realities on both sides of the Atlantic accompanied by Prof. Gaoheng Zhang.
A bilingual presentation courtesy of Italian Cultural Institute and The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto
Oiza Q. ObasuyiGaoheng Zhang
2 pmThe Arts in a Post-Covid World.
An expert group of performers and arts administrators shares their experiences and insights as the world still struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic and what this means for the artistic community and the public.
Franco Boni
Roberto Campanella
Cam Di Prata
Patrizia Libralato
Daniela Nardi
4 pmBook Presentation
"Souls of Saint Clair" by Franco Deleo.
A photo tribute to those who started out as customers of the local bakery and became neighbours and friends against the backdrop of Toronto's Corso Italia.
Franco DeleoRino Noto
5 pmThe Role of Picture Books in Shaping and Sharing Culture.
This panel of children’s literature experts, explores the important role of picture books beyond pretty pictures and funny stories.
Mariella Bertelli
Gina Valle
Rose Vespa
Maria Martella

Saturday May 15, 2021

1 pmPresentation of the annual Accenti Magazine Awards
The Award is given for photography, works of fiction and, new this year, poetry.
Winners will be announced liveLicia Canton
Domenic Cusmano
1:30 pmA celebration of the
Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian-​Canadian Studies
25th anniversary and presenting the relaunch of Italian Canadiana
Nicholas Terpstra
Konrad Eisenbichler
Paolo Frascà
2 pmNew Releases in Italian Canadian FictionGeorge Amabile
Glenn Carley
Nino Famà
Genni Gunn
Teresa Russo
4 pmNew Releases in Italian Canadian PoetryGianna Patriarca
Carmelo Militano
Mary Di Michele
5 pmVCI @ 50 - Young Writers' Panel
Two young authors speak about their first experiences as writers
Panel presented by Villa Charities
Liana Cusmano
Gianluca Agostinelli
Maria Pia Spadafora
6 pmAICW Bressani Literary Prize Relaunch
This event presents the 2022 edition of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, organized by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW). Giulia De Gasperi and Dennis Maione discuss the importance of the Bressani Prize, and explain the process of submission, eligibility, and deadlines.
Dennis Maione
Giulia De Gasperi