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"Four wheels can move your body, a Vespa can move your soul."   -  Domenico Bellantone



(Source: Speech by Domenico Bellantone at the event dedicated to honoring Corradino D'Ascanio at the Raduno Washington DC 2019: The Vespa Rally of The Nation's Capital (TM))

"I see little or more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the Artist.  If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision where ever it takes him."  -   President John F. Kennedy




Riders of the original Raduno 2018 - our original vision took us here -

     The Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts


The Vespa is a work of art and the

Vespa Committee of Washington, DC supports artists who love Italy, Italian Art and Culture.  Contact us if you wish to be featured in one of our future events for featured artists.

Vespa in a Roman Ally by Italian Artist Leo

Vespa before the Trevi Fountain by Italian Artist Leo

Red, White and Green Vespas before the Coliseum by Italian Artist Leo

LACYN BARTON, ARTIST

Lacyn Barton - a remarkably gifted artist, allowed us to conclude our Vespa Committee ride of July 5, 2020 in a gallery of her artwork in Washington DC. These incredible paintings, done in her unique style, were an amazing experience. We are so proud to support artists, and this artist is a Vespista too!  Thanks Lacyn for the “dessert” of our ride that day.  See more about this artist in the future on our Vespa Art page as we continue our support for her work as an artist. To learn more about her PASTED ENERGY STUDIO, search Facebook under her studio name, or visit PASTEDENERGY.com

This film premiers on RAI 1 November 12, 2019

The Vespa Committee of Washington, DC Supports the Performing Arts too.

Raduno 2019 Featured Artist Tony Richards

We are pleased to feature Italian American guitar virtuoso Tony Richards at our 2019 Raduno Washington, DC Concert at the Marriott Courtyard Ballroom from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  See Rally Features page for details about how to support this performance on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

The Reach at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 

Last year's rally featured a visit to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  We look forward to the Fall opening of the Reach, a remarkable new free three concert venue at the Kennedy Center.  Join the Vespisti on your Vespa for the feast of music, dance and artists to be featured at the Reach.

DOWNLOAD "REACH FEST" from the Apple App Store or Google Play to get timed, free passes to events.  For willing riders who download the app, we'll lead you to the Reach on Raduno Friday night or Raduno Sunday - 400 free performances in September alone.  Download the app for REACH FEST.

The REACH Plaza
6–7 p.m. OCTOBER 31, 2019
DJ and Halloween Dance Lessons

The REACH Video Wall
7:30 p.m.
FREE Film Screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas


Check Back to This Page for New Vespa Rides Led to Performing and Visual Arts Events

DECEMBERT 1:  MEET KOSMA, ITALIAN ARTIST AND RECENT IMMIGRANT TO AMERICA!

KOSMA

Damiano Durante, also known as Kosma, is a realist/symbolist painter, born in Salerno.  Having graduated in graphic design from the “Filiberto Menna” Institute of Art in Salerno, Durante was awarded his Master’s degree in Painting from the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Naples in 2001.  He now lives in the Washington/Baltimore metro area.  To learn more about Kosma, go to: https://ddkosma.com/about-me/

Founded in the small village of Neoneli in 1976, the group of The Tenores of Neoneli interprets the ancient Sardinian tradition of singing "a tenor". The tenor song is performed by groups of four male singers arranged one next to the other in a circle or semicircle. Every singer has a distinct tone and role: the 'Boghe' is the solo voice; the " Mesuboghe " is the countertenor, the " Contra " is the voice of alto and the " Basciu " is the voice of bass. It is believed that this type of singing is one of the oldest forms in the world of vocal polyphony. According to the Sardinian tradition, the Mesuboghe imitates the sound of the wind, the Contra the bleat of a sheep, and the Basciu the mooing of a cow.

 

The "Tenores" will be accompanied by the Launeddas of Orlando and Eliseo Mascia. The are traditional Sardinian instruments made of three rods used to produce a rich and complex musical style through circular breathing. Some consider them a Mediterranean ancestor of bagpipes. The skills needed to play this instrument are handed down from generation to generation. Orlando and Eliseo Mascia (Father and son) are masters of this traditional instrument.

Payment link to benefit the Ente Promotore Program coming.  Check back soon! Vespisti who attend, remember to park your Vespas under the statues of Michelangelo or Giuseppe Verde on the front terrace of Casa Italiana.