HERITAGE: Masks have always been an important feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) and the start of the carnival season at midnight of Shrove Tuesday.
HERITAGE: Masks have always been an important feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) and the start of the carnival season at midnight of Shrove Tuesday. Maria Marcone

Venetian carnevale to be held in Lismore

A TRADITIONAL Venetian-style celebration, called Beyond Venice, will be held in Lismore next month.

The event will be a 'Venetian Carnevale' featuring masquerades, music and entertainment.

People attending Beyond Venice are encouraged to join in the tradition of the Venetian Carnevale, which takes place in February, and wear masks and costumes, partaking in the spirit of frivolous festivity with Italian foods and special prizes for those entering into the revelry.

The community event will kick off a year of celebrations of Lismore's connection with its Italian sister city of Conegliano, which situated in Veneto, northern Italy.

Descendants of migrants who arrived over the last decades from that area in Italy are part of the Lismore community.

Friendship Festival

The Beyond Venice evening of mystery and mayhem will highlight the launch of preparations for the inaugural Friendship Festival - Piazza in the Park to be staged in Spinks Park on Sunday, June 26, the day after the Lismore Lantern Parade.

Both events are working to attract locals and visitors to a vast array of outdoor entertainments showcasing the talents of local creative practitioners in the city's CBD.

Music on the night will be provided by Italian entertainer Domenico from Brisbane.

Details

Beyond Venice, at the Italo-Australian Club, Barrow Lane, North Lismore, on Saturday, February 20, from 7pm to midnight.

Tickets $30 from Nancy Casson at R Gordon & Sons, 79 Molesworth St, Lismore. 



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