Community & Business

1 February, 2024

New committee gears up for 2024 Italian festival

A BRAND new committee is already gearing up for a bigger and better Cairns Italian Festival for 2024, with a new president leading the way.

New committee gears up for 2024 Italian festival - feature photo

Claudio Di Bartolomeo will assume the role of president for this year, replacing Steve Cordenos who played a major role in making the first festival a reality.

“I sincerely appreciate the outgoing committee for their hard work and dedication over the past two years,” Mr Di Bartolomeo said.

“The new committee is a strong mix of passionate people, some of whom you already know from their involvement with our previous festivals and a few new faces who are well known within the local community.

“I am excited as president to lead this committee to what I am sure will be another hugely successful Cairns Italian Festival.”

The committee is made up of co-vice presidents Sam Marino and Gelma Meoli, treasurer Anna Cito, secretary Stephanie Iovannella, and committee members Patty Poutanen and Rita Rosaclerio.

“And to our big, beautiful Italian family of previous sponsors, partners, supporters, volunteers, current and previous committee members, and of course everyone who attended a CIF event across 2022 and 2023, your continued support is invaluable as we work towards making the Cairns Italian Festival an even greater success,” Mr Di Bartolomeo said.

“We will be recruiting volunteers and releasing all of our sponsorship packages soon so keep an eye on our socials for updates.”

Organisers have confirmed Mareeba’s popular Salami and Sausage Festa will be going ahead again this year.


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