Established in 1996, the Manchester branch is one of the Society’s many branches around the world.
The Society’s headquarters are in Rome, and its mission is to promote the Italian language and Italian culture abroad.
The Manchester branch does not have its own premises. Membership is open to both Italians and non-Italians, and members and supporters enjoy a wide programme of events throughout the year.
Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend.
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(Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend, unless specified otherwise)
Wed 7 November 2018, 13:30 – 14:00 GMT
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Curator’s talk: Annie Swynnerton
Join exhibition co-curator, Rebecca Milner for a fascinating talk on the Manchester-born artist Annie Swynnerton.
Take a closer look at some of Swynnerton’s paintings and discover how she captured the unique qualities of light in the Italian countryside. Explore how the artist’s passion for the sun and its visual and sensory effects shaped the way she represented joy, hope and female empowerment.
Swynnerton first visited Rome in 1874, living for extended periods there between 1883 and 1910.
The talk will take place in gallery 1 – FREE – open to the public.
The first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life.
Portraits showing the artist’s Manchester connections open the exhibition including Susan Dacre, with whom she co-founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters, and the Reverend William Gaskell, husband of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The exhibition also brings together landscapes, allegorical works and later portraits revealing her as a continually inventive artist who engaged with current art movements and forged her own independent style shaped by her experience of light and colour in Italy. The impact of Italy comes through in the vibrant colours and gestural paint of her portrayals of women that are a highlight of this exhibition. She represented women of all ages and walks of life, challenging conventions of beauty and capturing female power, strength, hope and potential at a time when women’s roles and opportunities were changing.
The exhibition Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hopeis open until Sunday 6 January 2019 – FREE
KINOFILM FESTIVAL 15th Edition
www.kinofilm.org.uk (24 November – 2 December 2018)
Manchester International Short Film Festival was established in 1995 and its focus is primarily on UK and European shorts.
This year Instituto Cervantes and Societa’ Dante Alighieri, in collaboration with KinoFilm, are proud to offer an evening of Spanish and Italian shorts.
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 326/330 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN
5.00pm to 6.30pm – SPANISH Shorts programme
7.00pm to 8.30pm – ITALIAN Shorts programme
Free admission for both programmes. Reservation required.
Reservation for Italian programme: please contact email@example.com
The Italian screening will be followed by a glass of Italian wine and a tasting of different chilled ‘pasta salads’ prepared with pasta GAROFALO.
The evening will finish at 9.30pm (doors closed).
ASSEGNAZIONE PREMIO DANTE ALIGHIERI
12 LUGLIO 2018
Presso ‘The University of Manchester’ si e’ svolta l’assegnazione annuale del ‘Premio Dante Alighieri’, indetto nel 2008 dal Comitato locale della Societa’ Dante Alighieri e destinato a studenti dal significativo rendimento accademico coniugato ad una buona conoscenza della lingua italiana. Il premio consiste in libri sull’Italia e viene consegnato in concomitanza con le cerimonie di laurea dell’universita’.
Quest’anno sono state selezionate due studentesse che hanno cominciato a studiare la lingua da principianti e conseguito la laurea con ottimi risultati: Caitlin Brennan e Nina Merryweather.
E’ stato inoltre riconosciuto il livello eccezionale raggiunto da uno studente del secondo anno, Michael Ayre, che ha finito il corso con la media piu’ alta raggiunta da uno studente di lingua.
La cerimonia e’ stata organizzata da Elena Polisca (Senior Language Tutor e membro del Comitato Esecutivo della Societa’ Dante Alighieri di Manchester). Erano presenti anche Guyda Armstrong (docente nel dipartimento di Languages and Intercultural Studies), Silvana Serra e Manuela Costanzo, rispettivamente membro dell’Esecutivo e presidente del Comitato di Manchester.
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