HIGHLIGHT: Tony Pantano will perform at Carnevale Italiano tomorrow. Photo: Contributed
HIGHLIGHT: Tony Pantano will perform at Carnevale Italiano tomorrow. Photo: Contributed

Golden voice to star at Carnevale Italiano, New Italy

THE New Italy community will welcome the Clarence Valley with open arms and a kiss on both cheeks to the family-oriented Carnevale Italiano today at the New Italy Museum complex, 10 minutes South of Woodburn.

Fifteen-hundred people are expected on carnival day to celebrate all things fun, Italian style.

The New Italy community has a terrific day of family entertainment planned, with dancing, singing and educational and fun activities. Star performer Tony Pantano, dubbed the Golden Voice of Italy, will be leading the entertainment alongside Italian-Australian performer Fortunato Isgro.

Opening the Carnevale will be Italian Consul General for Australia Sergio Martes.

Carnevale Italiano incorporates the anniversary of the settlement of 50 Italian families who came to settle at New Italy in 1881 after being rescued from an unseaworthy ship in Noumea. One in three had already died during the disastrous journey. While for many non-Italians the food is Carnevale's highlight, for much of the Italian community Tony Pantano is numero uno.

Tony has been compared to Tom Jones, Mario Lanza, Elvis Presley and Luciano Pavarotti, all rolled into one.

"We are thrilled to have an entertainer of the calibre of Tony Pantano performing," said New Italy Museum Inc president John Barnes, a descendent of the pioneering Spinaze family.

"We celebrate our Italian heritage at these events," he said, "and people love to get up and dance. Tony is the king of entertainment so we are expecting it to be our best celebration ever."

What's on:

  • Bocce
  • Horse and dray rides
  • Heritage displays
  • Homemade fantastic Italian food
  • Beautiful specially blended Italian wines and fabulous espresso coffee
  • The artists will perform throughout the day.


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