SYDNEY: Iniziativa FILEF per il 25 Aprile 2022



Dear Friends,

Come and celebrate with us Italian Liberation Day, Festa della Liberazione, the victory of the Resistance to nazi-fascism, that gave birth to the Italian Republic and to its Constitution, founded on the values of democracy and work.

In solidarity with Indigenous First Nations of Latin America, this year’s celebration is particularly dedicated to the resistance of the Mapuche, one of the First Nations Peoples of Chile.


WhenSunday 24 April, from 11.00 am

Where: La Giara Restaurant, Italian Forum Plaza, Shop 35/23 Norton Street, Leichhardt


Frank Panucci, active in FILEF for almost 40 years, has worked in community and cultural development and held senior positions in the government, community and general arts sector, including the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Frank will speak on:       “Resistance and Liberation in today’s world”


María Ximena Oróstegui: Mapuche activist, born in the Lebu Community, Southern Chile.

Imprisoned at 17 in a students’ demonstration, at 20 was again arrested and her house flattened by police squads. Imprisoned for two years, in 1989 managed to exile to Australia. Founder of Mapuche cultural group Mawida Mawida, teaches Mapuche dance, culture and history in Sydney.

              María will talk about her experience of resistance to the Pinochet military dictatorship.


Music by

Fateme Cantà – “Let me sing” – folk group specialised in classic Neapolitan songs, in Italian songs of the 60s and 70s from beloved Italian songwriters and in classic Latin American music. Ben Warburton, guitar, Paolo Montanari accordion, Ruggero Benvenuti bass, Cesare Popoli vocals.

Papalote – started in 1979, were founding members of historic music hub La Peña in Newtown. Supporters of international solidarity causes have been playing for Filef events over many years.

Repertoire draws from major song movements in Latin America, specially Nueva Cancion Popular and Nueva Trova.

Justo Diaz, Guitar, vocals and traditional instruments, Olympia Karanges, zampoña, vocals, percussions.



              Choice of two first courses and two second courses, including coffee   $50.

TO SECURE YOUR PLACE – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL not later than Monday 18 April

To book, reply to this email or send an email to

with your name and number of people

PAYMENT to  BSB: 032 010  A/C 275 610


OR ON THE DAY (Cash or cheque)

Enquiries: Frank 0411 263 663

Yours in solidarity

FILEF  Committee Sydney

FILEF Sydney – pays its respects to the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and their elders past and present. We acknowledge that the lands were never ceded and Gdaigal people are the owners and custodians of these lands. We recognise the ongoing consequences of colonization and the continued resistance of First Nations Peoples. We support the full implementation of the Statement from the Heart – Uluru Statement as determined by the First Nations Peoples of this land known as Australia.




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