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Cultural Services


Cultural Services


Following the permanent closure of the Italian Cultural Institute in Vancouver (September, 2014), a Cultural Office has been established within the Consulate General, operating in close collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto.
In concert with the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa and with a view to strengthening cultural exchanges between Italy and Canada, the Cultural Office promotes the Italian language and culture in Vancouver and throughout the jurisdiction of the Consulate General (the Provinces of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory).

In close collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, the Cultural Office organizes and presents events such as exhibitions, recitals, conferences or screenings in all domains of the arts and sciences. In order to better respond to the diverse interests of the local society, the Office avails itself of a network of contacts with local academic institutions and cultural organizations, as well as with all the major international festivals of Western Canada.

The Cultural Office is also a member of EUNIC Canada, the association of governmental cultural offices of EU Member States in Canada. For information on the cultural activities of the Vancouver chapter of EUNIC Canada, please contact

To receive information on the activities organized by the Consulate's Cultural Office, please write to
Artistic proposals or collaboration projects can be submitted to the attention of the Cultural Attache', at the same email address.

The Cultural Office does not organize courses of Italian language and culture, but  - on behalf of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto -  it supervises the courses offered by the Vancouver Italian Language School in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West and the local Committee of the Societa' Dante Alighieri of Rome (The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia).

The Office also works together with the Education Office to help establish more Italian courses in public and private schools of Western Canada.

The Cultural Office maintains relationships with all University departments in its jurisdiction where Italian courses are offered, and fosters exchanges between local universities and their Italian counterparts.

The Cultural Office is also in charge of the Consulate's translation services and of the library loan service. (see below for both).
The e-mail address for this Office is

For the list of our cultural events, please click here


The Consulate General of Italy has a library consisting in over 1,700 books and 530 DVDs, available for loan to Italian citizens as well as the public at large. While most of these titles are in Italian, there are sections with books in English and DVDs with English subtitles. The complete list of books and DVDs can be downloaded here: Catalogue of books and Catalogue of DVDs.

Titles may be borrowed by filling out this loan request form, indicating their name, date of birth, the desired titles and the date when they intend to pick them up. Pick-up is possible during the Consulate's regular opening hours or, exceptionally, at other times, upon appointment with the relevant staff, by writing to the Cultural Office (

Books and DVDs can be borrowed free of charge, by filling out the form, signing a copy of the Regulations (on the back of the request form) and showing a valid photo ID.
The Consulate General should be promptly informed of any change of address, including e-mail, of users who wish to borrow books or other material.
All materials in the library can be borrowed, with the exception of: dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference books; magazines and journals; rare books or books in poor conditions.
In particular circumstances, the Consulate General may decide to temporarily restrict the list of books and other materials available for borrowing.

To consult the library Regulations, please click here (pdf file in English and Italian).

Loan periods

Up to 3 items at any one time, for a maximum period of one month, renewable for one more month (renewal requests must be submitted before the original due date)

Up to 3 items at any one time, for a maximum period of one week. No renewals allowed.

The fine for overdue materials is $1.00 per item per day. Lost or damaged material is charged to the user at the replacement cost established by the Consulate General.

Opening hours

- Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Wed: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Please note:

* Normally, books cannot be consulted within the premises of the Consulate General. Exceptions for valid reasons can be accommodated on a per-case basis.
* Loaning borrowed books to third parties is strictly forbidden.
* Users must not damage books and other materials by scratching, underlining, staining or writing on them.


The Cultural Attache' is the Head of the Cultural Office. The current Cultural Attache' (as of January, 2016) is Mr. Gianluca Biscardi.
After a B.A. in Classics from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome, Gianluca Biscardi continued his archaeology studies following specializing courses such as The Formation of the City in Etruria, at the Orvieto School of Ancient Etruscology or The Instrumentum domesticum of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology. He then went on to complete his Master's Degree in Musealization, Protection and Enhancement of Archaeological Heritage at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and to attend the course for Librarians at the Vatican School of Library Sciences.

In 2008 he entered the ranks of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He was Deputy Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Ankara, Turkey, from 2010 to its closing date, Sep. 30, 2014, and then was Cultural Attache' at the Italian Embassy in the Turkish capital until December, 2015.