Commedia actor Ben Cornfoot finds the spirit of the mask.
Commedia actor Ben Cornfoot finds the spirit of the mask. Craig Warhurst

Italian comedy in Gympie

YOU still have time to brush up on your Italian but really the only thing you’ll need to bring is your sense of humour when Gympie hosts the inaugural Australasian Commedia dell’Arte Festival in May.

Festival director Tony Kishawi said the organisers of Brisbane’s Italian Week have been so impressed in the lead up to the Festival that they will be promoting Commedia during their Italian Week celebrations.

Italian Week producer, Alessandro Sorbello is an enthusiastic supporter, saying: “It is wonderful to see the development of an event of this type in Australia and I know our supporters, including the Italian Consul, will attend the event in May.”

Tony says it is an exciting development.

“This is a real move forward for the festival.

“By advertising our festival throughout Italian Week, it will strengthen our links with Italian community networks and attract new visitors to the region.

Scratch the surface and many Australians boast some Italian blood.

“Many people don’t realise that the Italian community is one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia.” Tony says.

“What a great way to celebrate Italian culture which began in Italy in the 16th century. Who would have thought this art form would survive the centuries and be studied and performed 400 years later in Gympie, Australia 2010.”

The Commedia Festival has developed a unique marketing strategy to promote the event and the region and has specifically targeted special interest groups and communities, including Italian groups, performing arts educators, schools, universities, theatres and dance schools throughout Australia.

The festival is being staged from May 28 to 30, 2010 in Gympie.

For more information visit www.commediafestival.com.au

Gympie Times


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