Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

16th Annual European Festival
Burnaby Hosts European Festival @ Swangard Stadium

Annual celebration offers chance to experience diverse European culture, cuisine, entertainment and more.

Put the passport away, because there’s no need to spring for a flight or even a Eurorail pass to experience the authentic sights, sounds and tastes of Europe. On May 26th, Swangard Stadium will host the 15th Annual European Festival – which offers the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy Europe without the dreadful jetlag and airport security checks. This year’s festival brings together some 30 countries in this daylong cultural festival of food, fun and performances.

From 10:00am to 9:00pm on May 26th, the European Festival will feature music and dance performances that celebrate and represent the various participating countries. After 9:00pm (and until midnight), Swangard Stadium turns into a high-energy dance party with live music from the EUROPA Trio and Lime Production DJ from 9:00pm until midnight.


Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.