Sunday, June 12 2016 – 12pm to 8pm
Now into its seventh year since its return in 2010, Italian Day on The Drive represents the celebration of Italian culture and the contributions made to Vancouver by Italian immigrants and their children. A vibrant cultural street festival, Italian Day is a community driven event, attracting over 300,000 people and spanning 13 blocks along Commercial Drive in a day long celebration, while showcasing all that is Italian to Vancouver’s multi-cultural community of all ages. Like a piazza in full swing in a sea of green, white and red, the street comes alive with Italian musical performances, hands-on activities and games, vendors, patios, food and beverage tastings, street performers, classic vehicle exhibits and so much more.
Join us in celebrating community and Italian heritage on Sunday, June 12 2016, as we gather around the Italian table to celebrate food (Mangiamo! Let’s Eat!), dressed in the spirit of Italian festivity and culture, including music, theatre, fashion, cars, design, activities and more. As a special feature to the event, we celebrate the official ‘Little Italy’ designation, paying tribute to over 50 years of Italian heritage on Commercial Drive, where 8 blocks will be christened with banners and crosswalks.
The event is organized by the Italian Day Festival Society (IDFS) which includes key collaborating partners: The Commercial Drive Business Society, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Anigraph Productions and Barcelona Media Design. As Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the opportunity to bring forth Italian Day and its related success is ultimately attributed to the invaluable support of our sponsors, collaborating partners, community businesses, the City of Vancouver and Italian Day loving fans, without whom the event would not be possible.
Italian Day 2016 Theme
Mangiamo! (Let’s Eat!)
As Vancouver’s largest and most celebrated cultural street festival, each year Italian Day includes a distinct signature theme; and for 2016, we invite guests to indulge Italians’ favourite past time – MANGIAMO (Let’s Eat) which represents much more than just eating. The dinner table is one of the most enduring images and metaphors in Italian art, celebrated in the greatest paintings and films, from the Renaissance to present day. ‘A tavola’- or ‘at the table’ – our hearts open, and life’s greatest dramas and celebrations unfold. Familial bonds and battles are forged a tavola; the deepest ties of love and friendship are developed and strengthened around a dinner table. And with Italian Day 2016, the pleasures of beautiful Italian food and drink will represent the heart of the celebrations when shared with Vancouver’s multi-cultural community, as a symbolical extension of warmth the Italian table offers, as well as a showcase of Italian product and local Vancouver eateries.
MANGIAMO! Let’s eat and celebrate in the Italian spirit on Sunday, June 12 2016.