On the same day as our Opening Night in Christchurch (14 June), there will also be a marvellous Italian Festival at The Colombo Mall - Ciao Italia!

Ciao Italia will start at 6.00pm and finish at 9.30pm and visitors can expect Italian food and wine (both imported and locally made) to taste, to take home, or to consume on the spot. There will be fashion, as well as home and art design. There will be demonstrations on how to make gnocchi, and how to tie a scarf (in 21 ways).

The entertainment comprises classical music (Luca Manghi, flute, and David Kelly, piano), and the Christchurch School of Music String Quartet; there will be Italian canzoni (Claudia Lues and her chorus), and the Dante Tarantella group.

There will be a number of much-loved Italian cars and Vespa, and the students of the Dante Society language school; there will be representatives of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (organiser of the event), and of the Italian Programme of Research in Antarctica.

This is the first time for such event: if successful, it may well be back again. And in the end, the question will be: what took you so long?!

It is completely possible to attend both the Ciao Italia and The Cinema Italiano Festival NZ Opening Night, and of course we urge you to do just that.

6.00pm to 7.30pm Ciao Italia

7.30pm to 9.30pm The Cinema Italiano Festival NZ

For more information on Ciao Italia         www.ciaoitalianz.com