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Italian Festival Celebrates 25 Years

Sunday, September 17, Rain or Shine

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 25th Annual Italian Experience on Sunday, September 17, 2017, 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 tradition that features a full itinerary of crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities and food.

Moreno Fruzzetti

New this year to the festival’s entertainment lineup are Moreno Fruzzetti, a native of Pisa who has been called the “ambassador of Italian music to America,” and Tony De Nonno, award-winning Sicilian marionette storyteller.

Returning entertainment includes The San Remo Duo; “Pop-era,” featuring members of The Bronx Opera Company; the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra; Sons of Italy Square, featuring a display of regional folk costumes; and singer, dancer, performer Alessandra Belloni. Italian language lessons for children will be provided by Camp Italia. 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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