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In a semi-circle on the stage, each actor sits before a small table holding a scented candle, set against a backdrop of a galaxy of a million stars, the characters speak in turn, accompanied by ambient celestial music. We are cocooned in a womblike atmosphere, a trusting safe place for sharing raw, honest, sometimes sad, […]

The Italian stand-off

Six weeks after first announcing it had been “saved”, Leichhardt Council has signed off on a plan to sell the Italian Forum Cultural Centre to Co. As. It., an Italian community organisation, in a move that appears to defy the recommendation of the administrators, SV Partners. Under the $2.2 million deal, all creditors would be […]

Battle to salvage Cultural Centre deal

EXCLUSIVE Leichhardt Council is fighting to save a deal that would see the Italian Forum Cultural Centre sold to Italian community group Co. As. It. and the facility permanently leased to the Actors Centre Australia. A council media release in January claiming “a future has been secured” for the insolvent cultural centre now appears to […]

Doubts linger after Italian Forum sale

EXCLUSIVE The future of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre has been plunged back into uncertainty after the leading bid collapsed and Leichhardt Council approved a sale to Italian cultural organisation Co. As. It. Council intends for Co. As. It. to share the facility with the Actors Centre Australia, which has already moved into the building […]

Three runners in race for Italian Forum

EXCLUSIVE A childcare provider, an Italian language association and the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) are vying to take over the Italian Forum Limited, it can be revealed. Tick Tock Services would use a childcare facility to help subsidise the cost of running the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, if successful in its bid. Along with ACA, […]