By Brunella Gaudio
Mark your calendar and get ready for Sunday, June 9, 2019 when we once again proudly present Italian Day, Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 120 participants and an estimated 300,000+ attendees.
Now into our 10th edition, it is thanks to your invaluable support and partnership that we are able to share this annual event, which has grown to become Vancouver’s most anticipated street festival in signature style.
A lively 14 block community embrace and festa, this year’s centrepiece theme is Comunità (community). For the Italian Day Festival Society, the significance of the Comunità theme fittingly links several elements of Italian Day’s purpose and roots: the importance of community in the Italian culture and heritage; the embrace Italian Day creates with people of all cultures and ages in the form of a festive community celebration; and the value and common ground we can find when coming together to help make a positive difference in our community.
We invite you to once again join us at our family table at Italian Day 2019.
There have been some changes in sponsor funding levels to help accommodate demands placed on the festival due to increased production costs, which are further discussed in the attached Partnership Invitation. In addition, you will find information on a Youth Initiative, forming part of our Comunità theme, which aims to raise additional funds to assist at-risk youth in our local community. Please note that sponsorship deadline for Italian Day 2019 is February 15, 2019.
We have many things to celebrate to mark special milestones for 2019, including Little Italy crosswalks on 3 intersections of Commercial Drive, which look to be complete and unveiled for Italian Day 2019. In addition, this year we celebrate the official inclusion of Italian Day on The Drive in the City of Vancouver’s list of Official Observances and Celebrations under June’s Italian Heritage Month umbrella.
We are excited to also announce our new website, which launched this past Monday, becoming mobile friendly with the refresh as well.
We invite you to check it out here:
In addition, as a partner, some key pages will be of further interest to you too:
Sponsor 2018 recognition page
Media highlights www.italianday.ca/media
Support At-Risk Youth