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)

Industrial Dante

Thursday 10th June, 7 – 8PM UK Time
On Zoom – FREE event – Early Registration is required


The following event is hosted by the Public Programmes Team at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in collaboration with the Manchester Branch of the Società Dante Alighieri and Manchester Art Gallery.


On the 700th anniversary of his death, join us to explore how Victorian Manchester embraced medieval Italian poet, Dante Alighieri.

Professor Stephen Milner of the University of Manchester, explores the city’s role in the emergence of the ‘Cult of Dante’ in nineteenth-century Britain and takes us behind the scenes to reveal the role of Library founder, Enriqueta Rylands as a Dante collector and first Vice-President of the Manchester Dante Society.

We will be joined live from Rome by Simona Giordano, who has been working on the rediscovered archive of the Manchester Dante Society. Simona looks back to a fascinating programme of events organised in 1921.

Manchester Art Gallery Curator, Hannah Williamson treats us to a look at Dante inspired collections, including a gift made to by an early member of the Manchester Dante Society.

The event will include a 40 minute talk followed by 20-minute Q&A.

Book your Free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-event-industrial-dante-tickets-154077336461

The talk will take place on Zoom, the link will be sent to you on the morning of the event.


Professor Stephen J. Milner is Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Manchester and Honorary President of Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Manchester (Twitter: @italprof)

“Divine Notes for a Divine Poet: Dante between Classical Music and Heavy Metal – Part 1”

(Part 2 will follow in June/July)

Sunday 25th April 2021 – 6.00PM (on Zoom)
Speaker: Alessandra Pompili

To mark 700 years since the death of medieval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, our committee is organising a few events throughout 2021.

Dante’s Hell (Inferno) is a realm of despair where redemption is impossible and the doomed spirits voice their desperation.

Yet a number of composers throughout the centuries have been inspired by Dante’s vivid images and set to put in music various narratives of this desolate place.

This evening seeks to look at some examples of the way in which Dante’s Hell has been translated into music, from 16th century madrigals to heavy metal songs.

For more info, please visit https://www.alessandrapompili.com/projects



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