Opera lights up for Italy
The Festa della Repubblica is an important Italian national holiday celebrated every year on June 2 to commemorate the institutional referendum organized by universal suffrage in 1946 after the end of World War II and the fall of fascism.
Deputy Prime Minister and New South Wales Regional Minister for Industry and Trade John Barilaro said the occasion celebrated the birth of the modern Italian nation.
“While the realities of life through a pandemic have limited the planned festivities and travel opportunities, I can think of no better way for NSW to show its support for Italy and our local Italian community than lighting up our most famous icon, ”said Mr.
“New South Wales and Italy have strong cultural and economic ties and a common history, dating back to James Matra and Antonia Ponto aboard the Endeavor in 1770.
“The Italian-Australian community makes a substantial contribution to New South Wales, with over a quarter of all Italian-born Australian residents living in New South Wales and we have a strong bilateral trade relationship, with over $ 200 million worth of premium New South Wales products including wheat, wool. and steel reaching the hands of Italian buyers in 2018. “
Multiculturalism Minister Natalie Ward said the Australian-Italian community continues to contribute to the social cohesion and cultural diversity of our state.
“Diversity is one of our state’s greatest assets, and the Australian-Italian community continues to make a significant contribution to it,” said Ms. Ward.
“I also want to thank you for your support over the past 12 months during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been a difficult time, but I am happy that we are able to celebrate again with family and friends.
“I wish you all a happy and safe Festa della Repubblica.”