I am about to state the obvious… Perth is a long way from Rome, Italy.  In many ways, it could appear odd that a group of people in Perth – basically the antipodes of Roma – would gather to celebrate an Italian birthday.

Instead, tonight that is what happened.  There was no cake or birthday song… But on the backstreets of Northbridge, at the Bakery, an eclectic crowd gathered to remember an important date for a country faraway but yet, so close in the hearts of so many…

From doctors, to educators, movers and shakers, and those in between.  They sipped champagne and chatted – in a mixture of Italian and English (not to mention that special Dinglish dialect – which is a clever combination of the two languages.)

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The group joined to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the Italian Republic.

For the Italian Consul to Perth, Adriano Tedde it was a night to be proud of Italy and his nation’s achievements… Of which there are many.

To commemorate the occasion, as in year’s gone by, both the Aussie national anthem, Advance Australia Fair and the Italian National Anthem – Fratelli d’Italia were played.

I always have a giggle at the differences between the two songs… It would seem wrong of me to pass judgement, so I will refrain… But take the time to listen to the two melodies, the lyrics and reflect on them!  (See below)

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Music was an integral part of tonight’s celebration.  While I mentioned that no birthday song was sung… there was certainly an ode and a musical tribute to the Italian nation.

It is the 200th anniversary since the birth of renowned Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.  And what better way to highlight the music of Italy than with three beautiful pieces from three extraordinary composers Vivaldi, Puccini and Verdi.

The Italo-Australian crowd was treated to a wonderful program from Roman-born Giovanni Pasini on Viola and Genovese Giulio Plotino on the violin.

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Giulio Plotino, Bloggista, Giovanni Pasini

For fans, you can catch Giovanni Pasini at the next opera, Don Giovanni, here at His Majesty’s Theatre.

In the meantime here’s some photos of tonight’s birthday bash.

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Jonica Eastaugh and Italian Consul Adriano Tedde

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Annelle and Massimo Perroti and Giovanni Pasini

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UWA Professor John Kinder and Doctor Ettore Guaia

Do yourself a favour… Download the Youtube version of the Italian National Anthem, print out the lyrics below and sing to your hearts content !

Tanti Auguri per la Festa della Repubblica!

Fratelli d’Italia (Inno di Mameli)

1) Fratelli d’Italia, l’Italia s’è destadell’elmo di Scipio s’è cinta la testadov’è la vittoria? Le porga la chioma:chè schiava di Roma Iddio la creò.

(rit.)Stringiamoci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte,siam pronti alla morte, l’Italia chiamò.Stringiamoci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte,siam pronti alla morte l’Italia chiamò.

2) Dall’alpe a Sicilia, dovunque è Legnano;ogni uom di ferruccio ha il core, ha la mano.I bimbi d’Italia si chiaman Balillail suon d’ogni squilla i vespri sonò.
(ritorno)

3) Noi fummo da secoli, calpesti e derisi,perchè non siam popolo, perchè siam divisi.Raccolgaci un’unica bandiera, una speme:di fonderci insieme già l’ora suonò.(rit.)

4) Son giunchi che piegano le spade vedute,già l’aquila d’Austria le penne ha perduteil sangue d’Italia il sangue polaccobevè col Cosacco, ma il sen le bruciò.(rit.)

5) Uniamoci, uniamoci l’unione e l’amorerivelano ai popoli le vie del Signore.Giuriamo far libero il suolo natìo.Uniti per Dio, chi vincer ci può? (rit.)

6) Evviva l’Italia, dal sonno s’è desta,dell’elmo di Scipio s’è cinta la testa.Dov’è la vittoria? Le porga la chioma:chè schiava di Roma Iddio la creò.
Stringiamoci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte,siam pronti alla morte, l’Italia chiamò.Stringiamoci a coorte, siam pronti alla morte,siam pronti alla morte, l’Italia chiamò.

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