Popular Barbadian Restaurant offers a week of celebrating its original Nationality – Eatalian Culture Festival (Shameless Plug/Promo)

The love of Italian culture is a worldwide commonality. Luigi’s Restaurant presents Eatalian Culture Festival which promises to be a week of unique and memorable events designed to expose persons to Italian culture, food, film, music, hospitality, traditions, art and theater. Each day has its own unique character and our calendar of events holds treasures for all ages. Come and experience the flavor of Italy.

  • Italian Coral Jewelry and De Simone Ceramic Art:
  • Date: Tuesday October 30th
  • Entrance: Free

Traditional and cutting edge ceramic and coral artisans from Italy will be displaying their works both for public viewing and acquisition. Enjoy finger snacks and choose from a bar of Sicilian Wines.
The Ceramics of Giovanni De Simone Studio. Giovanni De Simone, the founder of the studio was born into the Italian aristocracy and studied under Pablo Picasso. This influence in combination with his love of Sicilian culture is highly evident in his work, which ranges from figural to abstract. He left his legacy in the creative hands of his daughters, Rosita, Susanna and Margherita who create works, inspired by their father. Their works are normally decorated in bright colors usually on a white base glaze. The De Simone ceramic are display at the Rockefeller Center in New York and in private collections in Italy and overseas. The Coral Jewelry of Giusy Damiano and Alfonso Graffeo echoes the ancient tradition of “Trapani city of coral” From as far back as 1052 coral craftsmen in Trapani, have created Coral art. Over the centuries it has emerged in to a concept of coral jewels as art creations. Each piece displays its own artistic and expressive history and is a unique tiny piece of Italian sculpture to wear.

Coral artisans have become highly regarded and their works are viewed as valuable collectors items. Private collections and museums have seen their most flourishing time. Locally they received numerous accolades at The Coral International Exhibition held in Barbados. Presently their collections were on show at The Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Paris, Milan and Roma exhibitions. Damiano and Graffeo have been working together from 1986. In Trapani you can tour their new “shop-workroom” and view see the intricate and ancient techniques as they constantly are inventing new shapes and original sculptures.

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Dates: Wednesday October 31st
  • Thursday November 1st
  • Venue: The Pom Marine Hotel and Hospitality training college.
  • Times: 9.30 am, 12.30 pm & 4.30 pm
  • Cost: Per class $50.00
  • By advance booking only – Tel: 431-9479 or email luigis@caribsurf.com
  • Each tutorial can accommodate (25) persons

Have you ever wished you knew the secrets of the Italian Chefs? Now is your chance. Luigi’s is hosting Italian Cooking classes being conducted by a visiting renowned Italian Chef. She will conduct (3) lessons per day and two traditional Italian recipes will be prepared during each class. Each day will feature different recipes for a total of (4) recipes. Italian Chefs will give participants hands on lessons in creating Italian classics. Everything will be provided for them all they will need to bring is the desire to have a dynamic and different afternoon. The Pom Marine maintains an established training school facility and will afford budding chefs the best possible setting on the island. There will be a translator for the chef during the seminars.

  • Italian Aperitif at Luigi’s:
  • Friday November 2nd
  • Time: 5 ? 7 PM
  • Cost: $25.00

Join us for Aperitifs at Luigi’s, the oldest Italian Restaurant in Barbados. Sample Italian delicacies, drink Italian Wines provided by Stokes and Bynoe, dance to live and recorded Italian music, mingle and experience the warmth of an Italian setting. A perfect start to the weekend. Patrons will also be able to view and enjoy the display of Italian hand carved coral jewelry and Ceramic artwork.

  • Grand Movie Night
  • Saturday November 3rd
  • Time: Arrival 5.30 PM
  • Movie start: 6.30 PM
  • Cost per person: Dinner, movie and dancing: BDS $200.00
  • Dinners are sold as tables of (4) (6) and (8).
  • Cost per person: Movie and dancing: BDS $80.00
  • By advance booking only: 431-9479 or email luigis@caribsurf.com.
  • Valet Parking

In 1895 the Lemiere brothers, French cinematographers decided to combine their debut film with a dinner intricately combined as one. Thus a tradition was born and for the past 110 years the combination has been a popular aspect to Italian lifestyle.

For The Grand Movie Night Luigi’s will be featuring the adaptation of best selling novel ‘Il Gattopardo‘ or ‘The Leopard‘. The movie stars Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon and is a ‘cult classic‘ for movie buffs. In the film an authentic meal is made, for that evening, Luigi’s, will serve the same meal. Guests are invited to dress in the style of an old time Sicilian family.

The movie will be shown in the garden / parking lot of Luigi’s and the atmosphere will be decorated to resemble a traditional Italian setting. Enjoy live Italian music after dinner a later the dance floor comes alive with a DJ playing Italian classics and other selections for couples to enjoy. The movie screening will accommodate 250 persons.

Your ‘Movie only‘ ticket will include movie, music, Italian finger foods and wine.

The ‘Dinner and movie‘ ticket will include of those things as well as the dinner in side Luigi’s restaurant. A keep sake gift will be provided for the Ladies at dinner.

The dinner portion of the evening can accommodate 122 persons and sold in limited tables of 4, 6 and 8. The dinner will be served after the movie and during that time persons not dining will be able to continue to enjoy the music, drinks, finger foods in the garden theater.

  • Pupi Sicilian, Sicilian Puppet Theatre
  • Family Event
  • Date: Saturday Nov 3rd
  • Venue: St. Gabriel’s School Hall
  • Cost: $10.00 per person (babies free, 1 year and under)
  • Showtime: 10.00 am, 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm
  • Show length: 1 hour

A traditional Sicilian Puppet Theatre will hold one day of public performance in Barbados.

Puppets have had an extraordinary success, and especially in Palermo, Sicily. Every town has a small theater strictly for puppeteers and it is a very popular family activity. The stories themes centre on heroes, chivalry, betrayals, kings and battles. Stories of the Charlemagne Knights are common.

The art of the puppets is a form of Theater that dates back to 800 A.D. with its origins starting right in Sicily.

Recently scientists have discovered possible evidence of puppets dating as far back as age of Socrates. The other side of the Puppeteering art is the creation of the puppets. A team of artisans, painters and sculptors all came together to create a “Sicilian” puppet.

The marionette puppets are very intricate and beautiful. The visiting troop has been awarded the distinction of “Best performers” of all puppeteers in Sicily. They performed at the Universal Exposition of Seville and the Barcelona Olympics.

The head puppeteer Girolamo Cuticchio is currently the oldest living puppeteer in Sicily. In 2007 UNESCO chose “the Art of the Puppet” as its recipient of the Annual Immaterial Price of Humanity award. The presentation will also feature Barbadian artist David Kirton performing songs from his Fisher price licensed album ‘Island songs for children‘.

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