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About us


The Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) – Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne is the official body of the Italian Government for the promotion of Italian language and culture, covering the states of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Our rich program of Italian cultural events, such as concerts, art and photography exhibitions, talks and seminars and more, includes special guest musicians, performers, writers, journalists and academics direct from Italy. Our activities, centred in historic Elm Tree House, will bring you in touch with a world of Italian language and culture and with the kaleidoscope of classical, modern and contemporary culture and history Italy has to offer – all in the heart of South Yarra!

You’ve probably come in contact with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura without realising it, as we support and are closely involved with a myriad of cultural events and festiavls in Melbourne. In recent years, our involvement has included with the:

Melbourne International Jazz Festival    |    Melbourne Writers Festival    |    Lavazza Italian Film Festival    |    Melbourne Festival    |    Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields    |     Woodend Winter Arts Festival     |    Melbourne Cinémathèque    |    ACMI    |    State Library of Victoria    |    National Gallery of Victoria    |    CitiOpera    |    Melba Opera Trust    |    Research In Italian Studies Melbourne lecture series    |

As well as organising cultural events, we conduct Italian language and culture courses across all levels, conducted by highly qualified and experienced native Italian speaker teachers. We also are an accredited exam centre for Italian certification exams for the Universita’ di Siena DITALS and CILS examinationsCurrent IIC members and students can take advantage of exclusive discounts and offers all year round, and enjoy priority booking for all of our in-house events. Our “Eugenio Montale” Multimedia Library  boasts a collection of Italian books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and newspapers, and is open to anyone who registers for free through the Library Membership page.