Cultural Events and Resources

Experience the taste of Italy at Il Centro, the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

We present culinary evenings, with distinctive foods or defining wines. In addition, we offer Italian cooking classes, taught by our chefs. Through our Italian film nights and partnerships with film festivals, we bring the stories and the voice of Italy to Vancouver.

Our partnerships with the city’s celebrated music-based organizations and theatre groups allow us to showcase performers who capture the imagination and the spirit. il Centro supports and hosts literary evenings, and our on-site heritage museum presents Italian-themed exhibitions.

June is Italian Heritage Month, so be sure to join us for a month of celebrating the Italian community in Vancouver and experience one of our many Italian cultural events

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Past Highlights

2014.08.15 - Mercato
Our first ever Italian Night Market has passed and was a great success. Please come to il Centro for the remaining Night Market Events, every third Friday of the month, ending on November 21.

2014.05.23 - Pauline's Reception (M. Atwood)
Il Centro was proud to have Canada’s own award winning and world renown author Margaret Atwood for the world premier of the opera Pauline.

2014.05.01 - The Good Son Ray Boom Boom Mancini
Il Centro was honored to host the screening of the documentary movie The Good Son, starring Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. Ray was present during the evening and answered questions from the audience after the projection.

2014.02.28 - Taste of Carnevale
Taste of Carnevale was il Centro’s very own masquerade party featuring fine Italian cuisine, music and dancing.

2013.12.16 - VSO
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra delivered a fantastic Christmas themed performance with the company of The UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor.

2013.10.28 - Lidia Bastianich - lightLidia Bastianich visited Il Centro to launch her new cookbook Lidia’s Common Sense Italian Cooking, with Barbara Jo from Books to Cooks and Umberto Menghi.

2013.10.10 - Viva Verdi
In collaboration with City Opera Vancouver, we presented “Viva Verdi!”, on the 2ooth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, October 10, 2013.

VSO @ Il Centro
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed “An Italian Rhapsody!” on July 25, 2013.

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Visit from the Ambassador of Italy, Gian Lorenzo Cornado – June 7, 2013
The new Ambassador of Italy in Canada, Gian Lorenzo Cornado, who took office on April 2, 2013, visited Il Centro and met with the representatives of our community in the museum.
(L-R): TRIUMF Group Leader, Franco Mammarella; Il Centro Executive Director, Mauro Vescera; ComItEs President, Alberto Leone; His Excellency Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado; Il Centro President, Michael Cuccione; COnsul General of Italy, Fabrizio Inserra.

A Taste of Tuscany – June 1, 2013Taste of Tuscany Poster R-PS
The first appointment of a new series of buffet banquets featuring traditional Italian regional and rustic food at affordable prices: this time we explored the culinary tradition of Tuscany, with a signature menu created by our Catering Manager, Fabio Rasotto, and Il Centro Executive Chef, Nevada Cope.

Naomi’s Road – April 23, 2013Naomi's Road (GOOD)
Through a strong multicultural collaboration with the Historic Joy Kogawa House and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Il Centro was able to bring Vancouver Opera‘s Naomi’s Road to its Grand Ballroom. Adapted from Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, this opera told the story of the Japanese-Canadian internment during WWII through music and bel canto, and made this little know part of Canadian history and the message of brotherhood, respect and multiculturalism that came with it, accessible to children and adults alike.

Cibo & Birra ~ Food & Beer – March 25, 2013IlCentro-CiboandBeer
Il Centro teamed up with renowned Vancouver restaurant Cibo Trattoria for a one-night special collaboration dinner. The meal was influenced by Chef Faizal Kassam of Cibo and Il Centro Executive Chef Nevada Cope. Each of the five courses of authentic rustic Italian cuisine was paired with unique craft beers courtesy of Viti Wine & Lager and BeerThirst.

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F.G. Bressani Literary Prize Award Night – November 7, 2012
The winners of the 2012 Edition of the Prize were: George Amabile, Dancing, with Mirrors (poetry); Vince Agro, The Good Doctor (fiction); George Amabile, Small Change (short fiction); Lynne Bowen, Whoever Gives Us Bread (creative non-fiction); and Honourable Mention: Ray Culos, INJUSTICE SERVED, The Story of BC’s WWII Italian Enemy Aliens (creative non-fiction).

2012.04.04 - A Question of Loyalty - Museum Exhibit
“Beyond the Barbed Wire” exhibit (March-August 2012), part of the project A Question of Loyalty, dealing with the topic of the internment of Canadian citizens of Italian origin during WW2. The project was funded by the Government of Canada.

2012.06.24 - Festa Italiana
Uncontrollable enthusiasm and joy as Italy won over England during the 2012 World Cup, during Festa Italiana, on June, 2012, part of the celebration for Italian Heritage Month 2012.

2012.07.22 - Car Show
Italian class and style proudly on display at the All-Italian Car & Vehicle Show, organized in collaboration with the Italian Car Club of BC and Friends of Ferrari on July 22, 2012.

Serata in piazza - Fortuna's Table
Evening fun with family & friends during Serate in Piazza, August 2012.