The day-long festival, open to the public and free of charge, will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. with non-stop entertainment, Italian food, crafters and artisans, exhibitors, and children’s activities.
A special 10th year celebration is being planned, with Classical Recording Artist Micheal Castaldo returning as this year’s main stage entertainment. Also featured on the main stage will be Enrico Capuano and T-Rock, a lively contemporary 6-piece band from Rome, Italy (see below). Their performance is one stop in their third U.S./Canada tour. And, as they do every year, Vivace! dancers will have the audience on its feet doing the tarantella and other Italian folk dances.
For the kids, Dr. Neff’s Incredible Puppets, featuring his Sicilian marionettes, will perform in a brand new show written especially for this year’s festival. And, for the first time La Fata, the Italian Fairy, will perform. Benjamin’s Cascading Comedy will be strolling the grounds with tricks and balloon shapes, and Lauren the Deluxe Face Painter will be creating beautiful works of body art.
Of course, there will be food vendors galore, with every type of Italian delicacy that you can imagine, along with crafters, exhibitors, and artisans who will round out the day.
Admission is free and there is ample free parking. Festival planners expect the event to draw between 6,000 and 8,000 people from the Tri-State area and beyond.
In addition to marking the Festival’s tenth year, 2013 is also the official Year of Italian Culture in the United States. The festival also serves as the “kick-off”
The Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission organizes the festival for the purpose of promoting and keeping alive Italian traditions and culture. One of the missions of the Commission is to distribute scholarship awards to students in area schools who are studying the Italian language. For more information contact Caterina Dawson, 856.467.0096. For a complete festival schedule, visit www.facebook.com/
About Enrico Capuano and T-Rock:
More then 100 concerts every year around the world, including major European music festivals, acclaimed award-winning rock-folk-swing band Enrico Capuano e la Tammurriatarock (more easily referred to as T-Rock) is back in the U.S. for their 3rd USA-Canada Tour. T-Rock’s wild rhythms mix Gypsy (Roma) jazz of the Django Reinhardt-Stephane Grappelli class with rock (a la Jethro Tull), Celtic, and Italian tarantella folk roots. It’s an intoxicating and fresh combination of sounds -- the band incorporates minor-key accordion and a special violin with distortion and guitar effects. In a typical concert, T-Rock dishes out irresistible dance rhythms from such Italian roots as Saltarello, Pizzica, and Tarantella (to say nothing of a creative reworking of “Funiculi Funicula,” well-known even to Grateful Dead fans), in addition to ska, Celtic, and Latin influences, all performed with rock aplomb.
The band will be performing two 90-minute sets at the 10th Annual Italian Heritage Festival of Gloucester County on September 29 at RiverWinds in West Deptford, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., alternating with Classical recording artist Micheal Castaldo and the Vivaci dancers.
The mission of the GC Italian Heritage Commission is to preserve and promote traditional Italian culture and to encourage the study of the Italian language. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Gloucester County College.