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ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY 2010 IN ADELAIDE WITH GOVERNOR KEVIN SCARCE

Date:

06/04/2010


ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY 2010 IN ADELAIDE WITH GOVERNOR KEVIN SCARCE
This year the Italian National Day was celebrated at the Norwood Concert Hall, one of South Australia’s Heritage theatres, located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Norwood.

Nearly 500 people took part in the event, that was organized by the Consul of Italy, Tommaso Coniglio. Distinguished guests included: H.E. Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia (it is the first time that a Governor takes part in the Italian National Day); Grace Portolesi, Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Isobel Redmond, Leader of the Opposition; various MPs; the Mayor of Norwood, Robert Bria (who kindly offered the venue and acted as MC); the President of Com.It.Es. (Committee for Italians abroad); and Malcolm Hyde, Police Commissioner.

The Governor addressed the Italian Community by highlighting the remarkable contribution of Italians to the making of Australia as we know it today.

In his speech, the Consul illustrated Italy’s many strengths in various sectors: trade, culture, sports. “We punch way above our weight” said Mr Coniglio. “We have to be extremely proud of our Country, which represents only 1% of the world’s population but has so much more to show for it”, he said.

Minister Portolesi delivered her speech entirely in Italian. She discussed Italy-South Australia relations, and the fact that SA has signed MoUs with various Italian Regions, including Campania, Calabria and Basilicata. The Minister also announced South Australia’s participation at the Fiera del Levante of Bari in Puglia in September for the fourth consecutive year, and suggested that she might visit Calabria and Campania that month as well, to discuss initiatives pertaining to the MoUs.

The formalities ended with the presentation of the title of “Cavaliere” (Italian Honors) to Cathy Di Giacomi and Theodore Iuliano.
The Brighton Secondary School Concert Choir, led by Jeff Kong, delighted guests with songs performed by soloists and by the impressive 75 boys and girls choir.     
                     
                            The Brighton Secondary School Concert Choir performing the national anthems
                       
                                                Guests attending Italian National Day celebrations
                             
                              From the left: Minister Grace Portolesi, the Leader of the Oppositon, Mrs. Sabina Coniglio
                              and Dott. Tommaso Coniglio   
                        
                                 His Excellency Kevin Scarce during his address to the Italian Community
                             
                                   The Consul presenting the honors of Cavaliere to Cav Cathy Di Giacomi
                     
                         Cav. Theodore Iuliano addresses the Italian community after receiving the honors of Cavaliere

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