As we prepare to celebrate Canada's 150th, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival Organizing Committee prepares to bring you yet another amazing festival offering to everyone from anywhere, the experience of "Being Italian" and celebrating all that is Italian Art, Culture and History, for 10 special days in June. Join us to create new memories, share in the experience and be Italian.
The Ottawa Italian Week Festival is a collaborative event, brought to you by Settimana Italiana Inc., The Preston Street BIA, the Ottawa Ferrari Festival, the Italian Car Show & Parade and the Preston Street Criterium Bike Race.
In the heart of Little Italy on Preston Street, your business would benefit from a sponsorship with us that would include live entertainment, food and drinks as well as activities for kids. Gain exposure to an attentive audience of over 150,000 festivalgoers during the Grand Finale Weekend, June 16-18 weekend. People from the Greater Ottawa area and beyond will see your message.
As the Organizing Committee for the 2016-2017 Ottawa Italian Week Festival prepares the programming, we want to share with you our vision and mission for the 2017 Ottawa Italian Week Festival.
The vision of the Ottawa Italian Week Festival is to bring an event that shares in celebrating the rich diversity of the Italian-Canadian community where we can share our culture, food and drink, music, artisans and the vibrant passions of its people. Now in its 43rd year, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival remains one of the oldest and largest cultural festivals in Ottawa. It continues to grow each year drawing a large number of residents and tourists to Ottawa's Little Italy on Preston Street. The Italian Week Festival wants to reach the greater Ottawa community, non-Italians, to celebrate what it means to be Italian.
The Organizing Committee would like to acknowledge our important partners in this event:
We also want to acknowledge St. Anthony's Church, the Ottawa Police and Festivals Ottawa for their continued support and collaboration. It is the collective effort of all these organizations and generous contributions of all the sponsors that make the Ottawa Italian Week Festival possible. This collective effort is the driving force which inspires us to improve and enrich the Italian experience, year after year.
When asked "What does Italian Week mean to you?" ... here's what some of you said.