Italian Week began in 1975 under the leadership of St. Anthony’s Church and he University of Ottawa’s Languages Department, as a week of Italian radio programming with small satellite events throughout the community.
Based upon this success and with the support of the Italian community, the festival was incorporated in 1977. This 45-year tradition in Little Italy and along Preston Street is one of Ottawa’s most iconic annual festivals.
Settimana Italiana – Italian Week is a registered non-profit organization that is operated exclusively by a team of volunteers, comprised of the Board of Directors and Committee Members from the local community. We develop and deliver the annual ten-day program through a combination of grants, sponsorships, in-kind contributions, and ticket sales, to ensure a range of free and reasonably-priced ticketed events. The festival is an important symbol of the Italian-Canadian community’s collective identity, and we take pride in showcasing all aspects of our Italian heritage. We can hardly believe that the 2020 festival will be our 45th year!