First AGM and Roundtable.The Society’s first Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 29 November 201, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. After the formal AGM, we had some guest speakers. We called this part of the evening “Coffee, Moms and a Touch of Italy”. Brian Turko of Milano Coffee, winner of ten International Coffee Tasting Awards (the coffee competition from the International Institute of Coffee Tasters), gave a talk on the history of espresso coffee and the role of coffee culture across the world. Brian’s talk was followed by a roundtable on coffee shops, culture, & nurturing with a group of Italian moms, all members of the Facebook group "Italian Moms in Vancouver”.
Street life event on June 12, 2016 for “ITALIAN DAY ON THE DRIVE 2016,” Vancouver's vibrant cultural street festival dedicated to Italian culture. “Italian Day” is a community driven event, attracting over 300,000 people and spanning 13 blocks along Commercial Drive (officially designated “Little Italy”) in a day-long celebration, while showcasing all that is Italian to Vancouver’s multi-cultural community of all ages. For the occasion, we have invited street artist “Pepe Gaka” (Giuseppe Percivati, www.pepegaka.com) to perform at La Dante’s corner. Pepe Gaka painted live on canvas a replica of Dante Alighieri’s portrait by Renaissance painter Boccaccio. La Dante’s corner wase co-hosted by The Italian Consulate (“Piazza Italia”, on 3rd Avenue and Commercial).