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Festival Brings Best of Italy to Hofstra, September 18

Celebrate Italy’s cultural and culinary influence on America at one of the largest and most beautiful outdoor festivals on Long Island when Hofstra University hosts the 24th Annual Italian Experience on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will take place outdoors, rain or shine, on the South Campus.

The Italian Experience Festival is a popular Long Island tradition that features a full itinerary of crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and food.

New this year to the festival’s entertainment lineup are tenor/crooner Alfio; singer, percussionist, and dancer Alessandra Belloni; and Italian singer and actress Simona Rodano.

Returning entertainment includes The San Remo Duo; The Bronx Opera Company; the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra. The day’s emcee is Josephine Maietta, president of the AIAE (Association of Italian-American Educators) and host of WRHU’s “Sabato Italiano.”

Festival admission is $6; $5 for senior citizens; children under 12 are admitted free. Hofstra students, faculty, and staff are admitted free upon presentation of a current Hofstra Card.

For more information about the festival call 516-463-6582 or visit

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