Italian Culture And Italian Language Go Hand In Hand
Integrating our beautiful culture with our language is what makes Collina Italiana a one-of-a-kind Italian learning experience
Culture at Collina Italiana
When we first opened in 2007, we had a clear vision for Collina Italiana and how it would fit into the landscape of Italian schools around the U.S and the world. We wanted to deliver a unique learning experience by blending one of the most beautiful languages in the world with its heritage.
Building up a this unique kind of Italian school meant committing to our roots and culture to demonstrate for our students what Italy truly is, what it’s like to be Italian and everything our culture has to offer. Our goal is for our students to be in love with Italy, and the idea of Italy, as much as we are.
Our new webinar series will give you a taste of the rich culture of Italy: music, art, cuisine, and so much more.
In collaboration with native Italian experts, these events, in English and Italian, will showcase the traditional and popular aspects of Italian culture, as well as feature new perspectives with a modern twist.
Serate virtuali a Collina: scopriamo la cultura italiana!
MUSIC: Sanremo – il festival della canzone italiana
Two-Night Event: Friday, April 23rd & April 30th, 6-7pm EST (in English, via Zoom)
‘Sanremo Festival’ is the most popular song contest and awards ceremony in Italy. The story of this beloved celebration of music begins in the city of Sanremo on January 29th, 1951 when the party hall of the Casinò lit up for the first Italian song festival. During this webinar, we’ll not only discuss the performers (from Nilla Pizzi, Domenico Modugno, and Claudio Villa, to Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, and Andrea Bocelli), but we will also take a look at the brands who style them, the gossip, and the unforgettable performances.
ART: Witchcraft – A Female Heresy
Thursday, May 13, 6-7pm EST (in Italian, via Zoom)
In this first talk we turn the clock back to the 1400s to understand where the modern idea of witches was born. Most people might not know that before the Renaissance, witches did not even have to be women, and the church used to pay no attention to this “myth.” As women with some medical knowledge were quickly depicted as witches brewing love potions, we cannot help but wonder how the whole symbology of witchcraft aimed to undermine the power of women during an historical time where women themselves started to be first celebrated, then quickly demonized.
ART: Women in Power
Thursday, May 27, 6-7pm EST (in English, via Zoom)
Despite the restrictions imposed by their patriarchal society, women gained more visibility during the Renaissance. Some of them even managed to gain the same fame and power as their male counterparts. This talk examines some examples of “extraordinary” women that distinguished themselves in their roles as intellectuals and artists, rulers and patrons, lovers and companions. Is there a pattern that brings them together? Were their stories a point of reference for other women?
ART: L’arte della Pirografia
Sunday, June 6th, 2-3pm EST (in Italian, translated in English)
In this conversation, with artist Carlo Proietto, we will take a journey through the lesser-known world of pyrography. This artform involves applying a heated element to a surface, most often wood, manipulating the burn marks and temperatures to mold the tint, thickness, and movement. This practice’s sharp strokes and clean shapes may evoke woodblock printing but its process is far more intriguing. Proietto, a passionate advocate of pyrography’s major artistic merits, makes his best arguments for the medium in his work, which abounds in infinitely sensitive modulations of ton and line, closely packed complex elements alongside gracefully molten movements.
You can find Carlo’s art at the Agora Gallery in NYC.
ART: Fashion and Transgression
Thursday, June 17, 5-6pm EST (in Italian, via Zoom)
In the Renaissance the concept of fashion as an identity statement grew stronger. What you wear would determine not only your profession but also your social status and cultural background, and was a powerful instrument of communication in the genre of portraiture. Strict norms were introduced to determine propriety and control excesses, especially through sumptuary laws, even though these were frequently broken. In this talk we will explore some interesting “fashion statements” of the time and will show how exuberance and glamour were often not only tolerated but admired, especially in positions of power.
MUSIC: La musica leggera
Friday, June 25, 6-7pm EST (in English, via Zoom)
Calling all music lovers and explorers of Italian culture! This event will take you on a journey through Italy’s music, artists, songs, and celebrities of the music industry. La musica italiana si distingue nel mondo da sempre; grandi autori, brani famosi e personaggi che sono entrati nella storia del mondo! Which are the most popular artists of the last thirty years? How has Italian music evolved over time? Discover this and so much more during an exploration of la musica leggera!