The Leopard: Sicily, Italy and the Supranational Cultural Imaginary

Free Public Lecture by Simonetta Agnello-Hornby

Monday, 12 November, 2018
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Forum Theatre
Arts West, Parkville Campus
University of Melbourne

In this lecture, Simonetta Agnello-Hornby gives her perspective on The Leopard, its author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and the role the novel has played in representing Sicily and its culture in Europe and beyond. She addresses three key questions: Have Italians, or some of them, or other Europeans changed their view and approach towards Sicily and Sicilians? Has the success of Visconti’s 1963 film had a greater effect on the image of Sicily abroad and in Sicily itself, than the book? More...

Of bonfires, births and the solstice

An evening of traditional folk songs starting with the 16th January – when the Fòcara (the Bonfire) is set alight, leading through to the traditional beginning of the winter solstice – 11th November, then the Christmas/New Year celebrations,and ending with Epiphany – 6th January (the Twelfth Night).

Throughout these festivities, a group of singers would visit the houses and homesteads scattered in the countryside and ask for food and drink in exchange for the performance of the songs. Let’s travel to some little town in Italy; sharing our world with friends – eating, drinking and singing … and be ready to dance to unforgettable folk tunes! More...

Language and Legacy project launch

The project Exploring the legacy of the Italian language across generations of women of Italian origin was presented on Sunday 11 February 2018 in the beautiful setting of the Migration Museum in Adelaide, South Australia, a museum that collects important documents and testimonies of emigration in South Australia.


During the event there were speeches from Mandy Paul, Director of the Migration Museum; Daniela Costa, President and Editor of Australia Donna; Dr. Roberta Ronzitti, Consul of Italy in South Australia, and the Honorable Grace Portolesi, President of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission who officially launched the project. More...

Australia Donna Fundraiser: Castagne e Vin Brule’

Sunday, 29th April, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sinclair’s Gully Winery
288 Colonial Drive, Norton Summit, SA 5136

Chestnuts and Mulled Wine plus the beautiful voice of Nicolina Barcello from sell-out performances at this year’s Fringe Event to entertain us with some favourite Italian classics.

Dress warmly as the weather could be cold. Don’t worry about rain, we have cover.

This is Australia Donna’s annual event and everyone who comes always has a fabulous time.


$28.00 / $25.00 concession per ticket

For Tickets call Vera on 0412 413416 or email Australia Donna at More...

Language and Legacy

Exploring the legacy of Italian language across generations of women of Italian origin

The history of migration is rich in testimonies and documentations on the cultural mediation role that women of Italian origin play in their migration journey and in putting down roots in a new land.

In this series of conversations, six first generation women, together with their daughters and granddaughters, take us on an exploration of their experiences and of the meaning inherent in sharing their deep linguistic and cultural baggage.

Australia Donna pays homage to these women and all women of Italian origin for their outstanding capacity, strength and determination to keep alive this legacy for new generations. More...