TIME: from 9.30am onwards
WHERE: At the New Italy Museum Complex, 10 minutes south of Woodburn on the Pacific Highway.
COST: Entry $8 per person, children 14 and under free.

Carnevale Italiano is a day to celebrate ‘All things Italian’ with some of the Northern River’s colourful Italians. It is the New Italy Museum Complex’ major fundraiser for the year.

Originally celebrated once a year to mark ‘Anniversary Day’ of the 50 families who settled in New Italy in 1881, Carnevale Italiano has grown into a showcase of the best that Australian/Italians have to offer.

Our performers are as varied as the pioneers who founded New Italy. This year alongside an old favourite, Val Wills on the accordian, we have Simone Nicole, Soprano, (who sang so beautifully last year). We will also welcome two new performers, the guitarist, Art Phillips (president of Co.As.It Sydney) and Robert Severini, keyboard and cabaret performer from Melbourne. The Lower Clarence Community Choir will sing at Mass at 10am with Father Slack and afterwards on the main stage.

There will be salami wheels, raffles, Italian wine and delicious Italian food. You can take a pavilion tour, check your family history in the genealogy section, or learn the history of New Italy and it’s wonderful descendants.

This year we will continue with the tradition of planting a tree in the Park of Peace which begun in 1936 by Giacomo Piccoli as part of ‘Anniversary Day’ by planting a tree to commemorate the women pioneers of New Italy.

Every $8 entry goes into the draw to win two nights accommodation at Ballina in one of the Ramada Hotel and Suites, riverview rooms.

Come and enjoy a unique part of our Northern Rivers history in a fun family-friendly way.

For more details please contact John Barnes, president of NIMI on 0408 662 878 or Aliison Kelly, Event Manager on 0428 216 079.

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