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.
Scopri i Parchi Letterari® Italiani!
Accade a volte di sognare tra le pagine di un libro; ma che ne direste se ad avvolgersi attorno a voi fosse un intero Parco Letterario? Scopri i nostri percorsi ed itinerari attraverso i luoghi di vita e di ispirazione dei grandi scrittori di tutti i tempi.
Vai al sito http://www.parchiletterari.com
(Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend, unless specified otherwise)
ANNUAL PIZZA DI FERRAGOSTO
Venue: DOM’S Tavola Calda/Pizzeria
40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH
In the past few years we have celebrated the ‘Ferragosto’ (Italian Summer bank holiday) with a ‘pizza evening’ and this year it won’t be any different!
Join us at 6.45PM on Thursday 15th August at DOM’S Deansgate!
Booking is essential at email@example.com by Monday 12th August latest.
Afterwards we kindly ask you to book with the venue directly by calling them on 0161 834 2649
Food and drinks are to be paid individually.
See you there!
Origins of “Ferragosto”
The term Ferragosto derives from the Latin feriae Augusti (Augustus’ rest) indicating a festivity set up by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC which was an addition to the existing Roman festivals celebrating the end of the main agricultural tasks. During the celebrations, horse races were organised and labour animals were dispensed from work and decorated with flowers. Such ancient traditions are still alive today, virtually unchanged in their form and participation, during the “Palio dell’Assunta” which takes place on 16 August in Siena.
The popular tradition of the Ferragosto trip arises during Fascism. Starting from the second half of the 1920s, in the mid-August period, the regime organised hundreds of popular trips, due to the setting up of the “People’s Trains of Ferragosto”, at hard discounted prices. The initiative gave the opportunity also to the less well-off social classes to visit Italian cities or to reach seaside and mountain resorts.
FROM THURSDAY 23 MAY to SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019 – 7.30 PM
SERATA ALL’OPERA – City of Manchester Opera presents
An opera double bill – CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Mascagni and PAGLIACCI by Leoncavallo
Venue: Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 7JA
Two well-known operas, with stories set in this production in 1930 and 1950, with gorgeous music from the late 19th century, that will grip your interest and excite your emotions, as the central characters deal with central themes of love, passion and revenge!
(Fully staged, with orchestra, and sung in Italian, with English subtitles.)
If you attend the show on Thursday 23rd May:
Silvana will meet you at 7.15 PM beside the ticket office.
During the interval we will gather at the bar for a get together, a drink and a chat.
Admission £20 / £18 (concessions for Senior Citizens, Students up to 18 & Carers) + £1.50 booking fee
Please contact directly the Hope Mill Theatre on 0333 012 4963 (open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or visit their website https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/ to proceed with the booking.
The theatre has a bar and restaurant serving home-made pizza and bar snacks.
Please confirm your attendance by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 21st May 2019 latest
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.
(foto banner: particolare della Cattedrale di Firenze, gentile concessione di Patrick Brosset)