Kids can partake in drawing contest

This contest is part of an Italian festival, which will be a virtual event with a plethora of concerts, documentaries, fashion shows and more

Kids who have a penchant for drawing may want to take part in a drawing contest hosted by the people who put on Italian week celebrations held every August. The 11th Annual Il Piccolo Leonardo contest is open to kids from 4 to 12, who are asked to create a piece of art inspired by an Italian phenomenon and then explain what it represents to them. The artwork can be either be drawn on a canvas or a sheet of paper. Once the artwork is finished, it must be photographed and sent to piccololeonardo@semaineitalienne.ca with the title of the work, the artist’s full name, as well as their address, phone number, e-mail, and the name of their school. Four winners will be selected by a panel of three judges. The deadline to send in all artwork is July 25. For more information call 514-721-0168 or email piccololeonardo@semaineitalienne.ca.  Winners will receive a gift certificate from an art store.

If you love all things Italian, the annual Italian festival will take place for three weeks from Aug. 7 to 23, 2020.  This year’s event will be taking place online, but there won’t be a shortage of things to look forward too, according to event organizers. Josie Verrillo, the Director General of Montreal’s Italian Week says virtual concerts, fashion shows, documentaries and comedy shows are being planned for the entire festival.

Italian restaurants and associations across Montreal will even be giving online workshops for people to learn how to make traditional Italian food, like pasta. For example, on Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Montreal Chef Michele Forgione will be sharing a traditional Italian recipe, pasta Sciuè Sciuè.

Many artists are also scheduled to produce live, virtual shows, Montreal musicians Ari Skye (Aug.22 at 8 p.m.) and Lili-Ann De Francesco (Aug. 9, 9 p.m.), a Montreal singer who appeared on La Voix and singer-songwriter Gianni Bodo (Aug. 9, 8 p.m.), just to name a few. 

Every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. during the festival, kids can enjoy listening to different Italian fables, told by a Montreal-based Italian teacher. Kids will also be able to enjoy a half-hour art class on Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. It is a beginners class to show kids different techniques and tools for art.

The goal of the festival, says Verrillo, is to show what Italians have to offer. “Italian week is a cultural event that promotes our culture, our community, not only the Italian, but the Italian-Canadian community,” she says. “Whether it’s music, opera, fashion, gastronomy, these are some of the things the Italian community has contributed to the Canadian landscape and we want to let people enjoy it and to appreciate what our community is about.”

To watch or participate in any of the shows or workshops, visit the Montreal Italian Week calendar here, at the time of the scheduled event, and simply click on the link of the scheduled show.

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