The 15th Edition of Montreal’s Italian Week2008: An Undeniable Accomplishment
Montreal, August 25 2008 – The fifteenth edition of Montreal’s Italian Week has come to an end, but an excellent turnout promises more festivities for the years to come. An assessment of the festival proves that the event was, once again this year, a great success and an ever-important staple of Montreal events.
Montreal’s Italian Week’s fifteenth edition was remarkable on every level. In fact, according to the preliminary estimates, the festival attracted more than 550 000 visitors. The festival’s growing popularity, along with its loyal public, equally influenced the organizers in offering both a unique and diversified program on an international scale. This year’s edition attracted an unprecedented number of tourists and visitors from the four corners of the world. According to Josie Verrillo, Director General of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, there is a significant increase in the number of foreigners who attend Italian Week: “This year we witnessed a significant increase in the number of tourists. In addition to the festival-goers coming from all areas of Quebec and Canada, we had tourists from the United States, Italy and Belgium, just to name a few.”
Once again this year, Montreal’s Italian Week provided local Italian-Canadian artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their talent, while allowing the public an opportunity to witness the vibrant culture of the Italian community. Moda Sotto le Stelle, a fashion show dedicated to local Italian-Canadian designers, and the open-air performance of La Bohème, the opera made famous by Puccini, are among the many events that marked this fifteenth edition as an undeniable accomplishment.
Furthermore, the commitment and dedication of Montreal’s Italian Week’s volunteers, staff and organizing committee are of uttermost importance in making the event a true success. That goes without saying that Montreal’s Italian Week would not be as dynamic a manifestation of all things Italian without Josie Verrillo, Director General of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians and the “heart and soul” of the festival, in the words of Me Antonio Sciascia, president of the Congress. Montreal’s Italian Week would also like to thank its partners, notably the Government of Quebec, The City of Montreal and Loto-Quebec, official sponsor, for their generosity and support.
On behalf of Me Antonio Sciascia, President of the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, Montreal’s Italian Week extends its many thank-yous and congratulations to all. Italian flair will adorn the streets of Montreal once again next year, for the 16thedition of this truly-established Montreal festival.
Info : Karine Salette