IT’S on again – the New Italy Museum will be the venue for the annual Carnevale Italiano on Sunday, April 13.

“Carnevale Italiano is shaping up to be a highlight of this year’s New Italy events. With a theme of ‘Cultural Immersion’, those attending are encouraged to dress in Italian costumes (or at least, swap your Akubra for a gondolier boater hat) and enjoy all things Italian in a carnival atmosphere,” the organisers said.

“Joining us again this year will be the internationally acclaimed Italian-born singer/entertainer Tony Pantano and the Australian-Italian singer-musician Fortunato Isgro, and we defy you to not sing along and dance when these stars take to the stage.”

Carnevale Italiano starts at 10am with an Italian Mass in the hall, followed by music and dancing until 4pm.

During the day you will be able to indulge yourself with delicious Italian fare, browse for gifts in Casa Vecchia, try your hand at bocce, speak Italian with fellow Italians or just sit back and enjoy your day.

“This year we also have Spaghetti Circus from Mullumbimby to entertain the children.

“A $5 donation per adult (children under 14 free) gives you a chance to win our great lucky door prize which is a two-nights’ stay at the Ramada Hotel in Ballina.”

In other news from the museum, renovations to the pavilion are being carried out.

“For 20 years the pavilion has maintained its prime role celebrating the Northern Rivers Italian community and its connections to Italy.

“Sadly, termites and water damage have wreaked havoc to a lot of the infrastructure,” the museum committee said.

“We are in the midst of renovating the pavilion, honouring its original aims and adding to existing displays.

“Much of these have been kept and will be embedded into the new look of the pavilion.”

For information on the work going on at the pavilion or to help with the fundraising program, contact Leonie Lane, or 0423 733 569.

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