Events archive

*** 2017 Events Archive ***


Friday 20th January 2017 – meeting 6PM for 6.15PM start

AGM (Riunione Annuale Soci) and ‘Apericena’ – members only

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester

–           Treasurer’s report 2016
–           New Executive Committee to be appointed
–           Overview of the activities carried out in 2016
–           Discussion and proposal for future events and activities

The AGM (approx. 1 hour – Free admission) will be followed by a social APERICENA (glass of wine or fruit juice with buffet of Italian appetisers). Children are welcome. 

In order to organize the catering, members are kindly requested to book for the Apericena by the 18th of January, at the latest. No booking will be taken after that date. 

For full details and cost please contact us as soon as possible:

Thursday 16 March 2017 – 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Members and Friends of our Society are invited to attend this seminar in the Department of Arts & Visual Culture at the University of Manchester

Michelangelo’s Ignudi: from Florentine Tradition to Roman Subversion

Speaker: Prof. Bette Talvacchia (University of Oklahoma)

Venue:  Room A 113 Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, The University of Manchester

FREE admission. No need to pre-book. SEE YOU THERE!

Bette Talvacchia is Director of the OU School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. Her work as a scholar focuses on the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance, and on issues of sexuality and gender.

Talvacchia was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its inaugural Public Scholars Program in 2015-16. The fellowship project will lead to a book entitled “The Two Michelangelos.”

Details can be found here:


Friday 24 March 2017 – 6.45PM for 7.00PM prompt

FILM: I soliti ignoti / Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
by Mario Monicelli – In Italian with English subtitles – Duration 102 min

Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow
Il film sara` introdotto da Silvana Serra e seguira` un breve dibattito

Venue: The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane (off Cross Street), Manchester M2 4JA

Let’s celebrate the anniversaries for Marcello Mastroianni and Toto’ with a film included in the list “100 film italiani da salvare”. With a witty humour and a refreshing artlessness, the film brings us a flavour of a world long gone.

Non mancate / Don’t miss it!

Admission FREE – drinks can be ordered and paid for at the bar. If you wish to have a snack/dinner before or after the screening, food is available through a pre-order, mentioning “Film Dante”. Please contact The Town Hall Tavern – 0161 8321961.

Friday 7 April 2017 – 6.45PM for 7.00PM start

La Canzone Italiana e il Festival di Sanremo / The Italian Song and Sanremo Festival

Venue:  Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Full details TBA soon

Following the 67th ‘Festival di Sanremo’, the Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Rome and the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice have awarded the prize for best text/wording to the song ‘Che sia benedetta’. The singer Fiorella Mannoia is “ambasciatrice della canzone italiana nel mondo”.

Alida, Liliana, Rita and Stefano will present us with some ‘Hits’ from the Festival’s history.

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6:30 – 8.30PM

Byron’s Venice: The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy

Members and friends of our Society are invited to attend this lecture at The Portico Library & Gallery, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY

This talk celebrates the 200th anniversary of the composition of the final canto of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Beppo, in which Byron redefined and reinvented Venice for the rest of the nineteenth century and beyond. A host of writers, artists and tourists flooded into Venice in the wake of these publications, looking for the Byron’s ‘Sea Cybele, fresh from ocean’, but what was so new about Byron’s Venice?

This talk by Dr Alan Rawes (Lecturer in Romanticism at the University of Manchester and Joint President of the International Association of Byron Societies) seeks to offer an answer to that question.

This event is sponsored by The Byron Society.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception with complimentary Italian wine.


TICKETS £6.82 – £8.93 Book online through Eventbrite:

Eventbrite charges a booking fee.
If you would like to avoid this, please contact the library directly to make your booking on 0161 236 6785

Friday 7 April 2017 – 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

La Canzone Italiana e il Festival di Sanremo / The Italian Song and Sanremo Festival

VENUE: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Following the 67th ‘Festival di Sanremo’ last February, the Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Rome, teaming up with the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, has awarded the prize for this year’s best lyrics to the song ‘Che sia benedetta’. The singer Fiorella Mannoia, therefore, has been appointed “Ambasciatrice della canzone italiana nel mondo”.

Further to this initiative, an event has been organized on Friday 7th April in which Alida, Liliana, Rita and Stefano will present us with some ‘Hits’ from the Festival’s history, which is the most popular Italian song contest and awards, held annually in the city of Sanremo, in Italy, and which launched the careers of some of Italy’s most successful singers, including Andrea BocelliGiorgiaLaura PausiniEros Ramazzotti, and Gigliola Cinquetti.

A glass of wine with cantuccini and some Italian conversation will follow.

Admission: £ 2.00 members     £ 3.00 non-members



13th – 18th June

(scroll down to see the full list of events or download the leaflet here)

Tuesday 13 June (6.30pm)

Divorzio all’italiana / Divorce Italian Style (1961 – B&W – 108’) 

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester

Film in Italian with English subtitles (rare edition)

Introduction in English by Dr Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow

As part of the Italian celebrations for Marcello Mastroianni, the protagonist of “La Dolce Vita”, this funny and intelligent satire portrays the hypocritical view of the Italian society of the time towards rejecting divorce as illegal while accepting “honour killing” as a minor transgression. This is a cinematic journey into the “Commedia all’italiana”. The movie won the Oscar/Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

Drinks and nibbles to follow.

£4 members of Portico and Dante
£5 non-members / £3 students and unemployed

For more information, please visit

Booking required: Library tel. 0161 2366785   or


Thursday 15 June (6.45 for 7.00pm start)

The GIRO D’ITALIA 2017 celebrates its 100th edition 

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Stefano Forcolin gives his impressions on one of the oldest Italian cycling events, from the heroic times up to the present days, speaking about more and less famous protagonists and the impact they had on the Italian sport (and not only).

A glass of wine with pasta Garofalo will follow this interesting event.

Admission £5    



Saturday 17 June (11.00am to 5.00pm)

Il mercatino del libro – Italian book market

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Browse for second hand and rare one off Italian books for adults and children.

FREE admission


Enjoy Garofalo pasta tasting

(3 shows: 12 noon – 2.00pm – 4.00pm)

Pasta Garofalo is the Italian pasta synonymous with Italian film

After browsing the book stalls you can watch these two short films in Italian with English subtitles:  ‘Caserta Palace Dream’ and ‘The Wholly Family’ (12.30pm – 2.30pm).

Duration approx. 40 minutes for both, screened at 12.30 and 2.30PM.


Sunday 18 June


Don’t’ miss our Magic Pasta shows in St. Ann’s Square

Sunday 18 June – all day

Does Garofalo pasta taste as good as it looks?

Try the TRIO of pasta during the Manchester Day at AL BACIO Restaurant

10-14 South King Street, off Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW

A main course dish with 3 pasta and different sauces (suitable for vegetarians) for only £ 6.50

13 to 18 June at AL BACIO Restaurant

10-14 South King Street, Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW

Get a free glass of Prosecco before lunch and dinner.



Saturday 24 June


Fresh pasta-making with the Societa’ Dante Alighieri at the

STREET SATURDAY in Hebden Bridge for their annual Arts Festival.

12 – 4pm at the Marina

Don’t miss us if you are in the area!

Full programme on


On the occasion of Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2017 (Festival dates 28th September – 9th October 2017)

Wednesday 4th October 2017 (only) – any time between 6.00PM and 10.00PM
( Dante’s table is booked at 7.00PM )


Venue: Al Bacio Restaurant, 10-14 South King Street, Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW


A main course dish with 3 types of pasta topped with different sauces (also suitable for vegetarians) for only £ 9.95 !!

Our Society is organising a table for our group at 7.00pm – Booking:

Alternatively you can book directly with the restaurant for you and your family/friends – Booking: 0161 8327669 –




“L’italiano al cinema, l’italiano nel cinema”

 Sunday 22 October 2017 – 3.45pm for 4.00pm prompt          


FILM: Johnny Stecchino (1991)

by Roberto Benigni (also starring in the role of the protagonist “Dante”!)

In Italian with English subtitles – Duration 112 min

Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow

This witty, highly entertaining, and clever film remains the best attempt so far to ridicule the Mafia.

 Venue: The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane (off Cross Street), Manchester M2 4JA

 Admission FREE – drinks and/or snacks can be ordered and paid for at the bar.

Due to limited availability of seats, please confirm your attendance by Friday 20th October latest.




18th-26th November 2017

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.

Friday 24th November 2017

The Instituto Cervantes and Societa’ Dante Alighieri invite you to an evening of Spanish and Italian short films.

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 326/330 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN

5.00pm to 6.30pm – SPANISH Shorts programme

7.00pm – ITALIAN Shorts programme

Free admission for both programmes. Reservation required.

Reservation for the Italian programme:

Reservation for the Spanish programme:

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 Italian pasta synonymous with Italian film –

A short film produced by GAROFALO, The Wholly Family (in Italian with English subtitles), will be screened in the background while you mingle eating the pasta. This and other GAROFALO shorts are found in their website and in YouTube.

The evening will finish at 9.30pm (doors closed).



Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 6.00PM to 8.00PM

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Admission:      members  £ 1.00 non-members  £ 3.00

On 6th September 2007 Pavarotti lost his battle against cancer and died in his home in Modena. After 10 years of his passing, he’s still remembered and still loved as he was when he was alive. Today Roberto Mobili e Liliana Foligno-Smith will help us to remember the voice that for many is the voice of the greatest tenor in the history of opera. 

Come along for a special gathering to celebrate the ‘Maestro’ and to exchange the Season’s greetings over a glass (or two) of prosecco and a slice of panettone or pandoro.

It would be helpful if you could confirm your presence to

*** 2016 Events Archive ***

Sunday 4th December 2016 – meeting 5.30PM for 6.00PM start

 Let’s throw a party!

Al Bacio Restaurant, 10-14 South King Street, Deansgate, Manchester M2 6DW




2016 is the 20th anniversary of Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Manchester and it would be great if members and friends of the society would get together to celebrate the occasion.

We will meet at the AL BACIO Restaurant for a social early dinner and to exchange the Season’s Greetings.

The price for the 3 course meal (starter, main course, pandoro) will be £15.90 per person. Drinks have to be ordered and paid for (separately) at the bar.

 Your booking and relevant payment must be received by Wednesday 30 November AT THE LATEST.

For booking and payment, please contact:

Monday 14th November 2016 – from 6.30 PM to 9 PM
Dante in Europa 2016
Dante’s Literary Landscapes

“Parco Letterario Terre di Dante” comes to Manchester!

Introduction by Serena Prof. Stephen Milner – The University of Manchester
(This event is in English with some Italian)

Venue: The Portico Library & Gallery, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY



The vast territory between Florence and Ravenna is still imbued with the presence of Dante Alighieri. This is where he lived, suffered and was inspired to compose his immortal works.

Today, seven hundred and fifty years after his birth (Florence 1265) and seven hundred years after his death (Ravenna 1321), the “Parco Letterario le terre di Dante” gives a presentation for us to discover or get a different perspective of such territory, now called “Dante’s Lands” – Lands of Art and Culture, and guides us along the path taken by the Poet, so that we can feast our eyes on the extraordinary places the father of the Italian language immortalised.

The event includes:

  • Presentation of the book “L’Italia con gli occhi di Dante” (Italy through Dante’s eyes) by the author, Raffaella Cavalieri
  • Itineraries and tourism opportunities presented by Attilio Moroni (Parco le terre di Dante)
  • Dante’s events at the “Ravenna Festival 2017” by Anna Bonazza
  • Screening of the short film “Inferno” (1911) inspired by the Divina Commedia/Divine Comedy and Gustave Dore’s illustrations

A complimentary glass of wine and cantuccini will be offered during the interval.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this special evening!

Free admission – as seats are limited booking is required!

Please book yourself in on or via email

Thursday 27th October 2016 – 6.30 PM for 7 PM start
Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit this exhibition by David Morris, Head of Collections

(to register, please send us an email to The event will be held in English, with occasional Italian)

Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER


This exhibition features the work of one of the radical originators and innovators of the European tradition of printmaking, Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-c. 1534).

Marcantonio was one of the leading printmakers of the Italian Renaissance and is best known for his groundbreaking collaboration with the Renaissance artist Raphael. This is the first Marcantonio Raimondi exhibition for thirty-five years and the first ever in the UK.

Showcasing the world-class collections of Marcantonio’s work at The University of Manchester, housed both at the Whitworth and The John Rylands Library, the exhibition will also feature loans of outstanding prints by Marcantonio and unique drawings by Raphael from major collections.

Friday 23 September 2016 – 6.30pm for 6.45pm start

FILM: Smetto Quando Voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want (2014)

by Sydney Sibilia – In Italian with English subtitles – Duration 95 minutes
Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Admission: £ 2.50 members – £ 3.50 non-members (drinks and nibbles included)


Sibilia deals with the drama of unemployment for the Italian young generation, despite their academic high skills, in an amusing yet effective way by adopting a comic style, punctuated by surreal paradoxes.

Nibbles and drinks will follow. Non mancate / Don’t miss it!

Monday 15 August 2016 – 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

Venue: DOM’S Tavola Calda/Pizzeria, 40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH
Cost: £ 10 per person (excluding drinks/coffee)


As we did in the past, our Society will celebrate Ferragosto with a GiroPizza. The ‘pizzaiolo’ will prepare several kinds of pizza – no need to order – and will serve them in slices, one after the other, until everyone has enough of it! When we stop he will prepare the pizza with Nutella as dessert.

PLEASE NOTE: should you have allergies or be vegetarian you can order and pay separately for a pizza of your choice without being part of the GiroPizza. Kindly advise when booking.

1st rule: all people around the table must eat pizza. No other dish is allowed.
2nd rule: it has to be an evening of ‘parliamo italiano’…. even ‘poco’….

Places are limited to 24 people.
Please book as soon as possible by sending us an email to

Origin 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.


Friday 20 May 2016 – 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm start 

Of Publishers, Poets, and Politicians: the story of the 1911 ‘Edizione Monumentale’ of the Divine Comedy(the talk will be in English)

This paper will tell the extraordinary story of a major initiative to produce a deluxe edition of Dante’ s Divina commedia in 1911 under the patronage of KIng Vittorio Emanuele III. The tale involves a cast of the great and good of Italian literature, scholarship, and publishing in the early 1900s and an expected connection with the ‘Manchester Dante Society’ which was founded in 1906. Involving rare books, court cases, and battleships, this talk will tell the story for the first time of how this famous landmark edition of Dante’s classic poem came into being.

 Speaker: Stephen Milner, Serena Professor of Italian, The University of Manchester
Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

The evening will close with a social gathering and some conversation in Italian over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Admission:  FREE for members and students – £ 3.00 for non-members


Sunday 22 May 2016 from 16:00 to 18:30

EMERGENCY EXIT – Young Italians Abroad

Members and Friends of our Society are invited to attend the following film/documentary screening:


Venue: RNCM Stage Door – Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M13 9RD
Tickets £3.52 – Available from–tickets-22493627044?utm_campaign=201308&ref=esfb&utm_source=Facebookenivtefor001

COM.IT.ES (Comitato degli Italiani all’Estero) Manchester presents ‘Emergency Exit’, a documentary project about Italy and the consequences of the last 20 years of politics on the young generation. A lot of young Italians leave their country every year and more than 90% of them are graduated and professionally skilled. They move away because of a lot of reason, but nobody in Italy seems to have the desire to listen or care for them. The director decided to start a trip: she travelled around six (and more) European countries, from Paris to London, Berlin, Wien, Bergen and Tenerife, finding young Italians who left Italy, looking for better opportunities of life and career. Six stories of ordinary separation, one question: what happened to Italy?

The young director Brunella Filì will be present at the screening.

The project has been officially selected to the VII Edition of Italian Doc Screenings, the most important documentary showcase in Italy. Other Official selections are: Festival del Cinema Europeo 2014, Madrid International Film Festival 2014 (Best Foreign Language Documentary Award), South Easter Film Festival 2015 (USA), Scarborough Film Festival – with the support of HotDocs (Toronto, Canada) and many more.


19-26 JUNE 2016


Keep your diary free from 19 to 26 June when Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Manchester will celebrate Italy with several events starting with the Manchester Day/Parade on Sunday 19 June when we will welcome back the SBANDIERATORI from Corinaldo (Marche).

Check your mail near to the time!



Thursday 21 April 2016 – 5.00 to 7.00pm

Members and Friends of our Society are invited to attend the Annual Herford Memorial Lecture in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester

Italy, Islam and the Islamic World from 9/11 to the Arab Uprisings
Speaker: Professor Charles Burdett (University of Bristol)

Charles Burdett is Professor of Italian at the University of Bristol, and he is the Principal Investigator on the large grant, ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures’ that is a beacon project for the AHRC’s ‘Translating Cultures’ theme.

Venue: A7 Samuel Alexander Building, The University of Manchester
Free admission. No need to pre-book.

Further details can be found here:




Thursday 14 April at 6:30pm – Instituto Cervantes (326-330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN)

Manchester European City of Science 2016 – European Round Table on Climate Change
‘The Paris Climate Talks: from commitments to action’

The Instituto Cervantes, the Societa’ Dante Alighieri and the Alliance Française are hosting a Round table on Climate Change.

Experts from Italy, Spain and France will meet up to debate the contributions brought about by the COP21. What agreements were made? Which ones can truly be followed? Which ones are the most crucial? How will the transition from talks to actions occur?

All these questions will be touched upon by our European experts:

Isabel Douterelo – Isabel Douterelo is the Spanish guest speaker, invited by the Instituto Cervantes. She is a professor and researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Department of Science and Environment. Her work focuses, among other things, on the microbial ecology of drinking water distribution systems.

Monica Di Gregorio – Monica Di Gregorio will also attend the round table as the guest speaker for the Società Dante Alighieri. She is a Lecturer in Environmental Politics and Governance at the School of Earth and Environment, The University of Leeds. Her current research examines climate change politics and policy at the global and national level, with particular attention to the developing world.

Cyril Caminade – Cyril Caminade will be the guest speaker for the Alliance Française. Cyril has obtained his PhD in climatology (climate change in sub-Saharan Africa) at CERFACS and at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse in 2006. He joined a post-doctoral position at the University of Liverpool in 2008 and focused on modelling and mapping the risk of several key vector-borne diseases over Europe and Africa under climate change scenarios.

Join us on 14 April for the debate and interact with our experts!

Throughout the evening, you will also be invited to take a look at the “Climate, State of Emergency” photography exhibition. The Alliance Française Foundation organised a photography contest and the winning photographs will be displayed in several countries. These photographs will be exhibited at Instituto Cervantes.

Wine and nibbles will be served after the round table discussion.

For further information and bookings: or 0161 661 4201/02

Further details about the Round Table are available also on the following websites:







Sunday 13 March 2016 – 3.00pm  RNCM Theatre
INSIEME ALL’OPERA: Cosi fan tutte – W A Mozart

(This production will be performed in Italian with subtitles)

Meeting point at the entrance, near the ticket office, at 2.30pm
After the performance we can get together for a cappuccino or a glass of wine
Tickets from £21 – Please contact Royal Northern College of Music – 0161 907 5200 –


Roger Hamilton, conductor
Thomas Guthris, director
Antonio Tilli, Italian Language Coach

“The bay of Naples. Sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are engaged to Guglielmo and Ferrando. The men trust their fiancées’ faithfulness implicitly but when their friend Don Alfonso tells them a woman’s fidelity is never guaranteed, he is challenged to prove his theory. So a wager is made. Don Alfonso tells the sisters that their sweethearts are to be sent away with their regiment. A tearful farewell follows. Then things really start to get complicated…

Mozart’s opera is the great composer’s most divisive and controversial work.

Deep down, Cosí provides a sharp reminder of how personal choice plays as important a part as fate in our relationships. It underlines how relationships can so often be fragile and tenuous, and in doing so, highlights our true human vulnerability.”


Other performances’ dates:
Wed 09, Fri 11, Tue 15 and Thu 17 March 2016 – 7.00pm RNCM Theatre
Sat 19 March 2016 – 3.00pm RNCM Theatre

Pre-opera talk Roger Hamilton offers a closer insight into the music and historical context of Mozart’s opera.
Sun 13 Mar – 12pm, RNCM Theatre




Friday 11th March 2016 – 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

A talk in English by Anna Maria Pisanelli born in Specchia (Lecce) she’s a biologist who moved to UK in 1989 and worked at Manchester University as research associate

The Salento is sun-kissed year round. Alongside art, excellent Mediterranean cuisine, and genuine hospitality, the area boasts a fabulous landscape, ranging from the Adriatic coast and the marinas of Melendugno, Santa Cesarea Terme and Otranto, to the Ionian Sea and towns like Porto Cesareo, Portoselvaggio and Gallipoli.

A glass of Primitivo wine and nibbles will follow.

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Admission: £ 2.00 members     £ 3.00 non-members





Manchester International Short Film Festival was established in 1995 and its focus is primarily on UK and European shorts.

This year Societa’ Dante Alighieri, Instituto Cervantes and Alliance Francaise, in collaboration with KinoFilm, are proud to offer 3 evenings of Spanish, French and Italian shorts (24-26 February)


Thursday 25 February 2016 – 6.00pm for 6.30PM start

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 326/330 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN

Our society is delighted to have the director Marinos Kallikourdis as a special guest from Italy.

Free admission. Reservation required: or 0161 6614201/6614212

The Alliance Française de Manchester and Societa’ Dante Alighieri Manchester invite you to an evening of French and Italian short films (with English subtitles).

Q&A with Marinos Kallikourdis, director of two of the Italian shorts, will follow.

The screening will be followed by a social gathering with French and Italian wines and nibbles.

Join us at Cervantes also on Wednesday 24 February for an evening of Spanish short films.
And on Friday 26 February don’t miss “Crossing borders”, a snapshot of Europe – Greek, Portuguese, Irish, Danish films!

You can enjoy these short movies, with English subtitles, at the Cervantes. Booking required.



Friday 19 February 2016 – 7.30pm
SERATA A CONCERTOLa Serenissima: The Four Seasons

Join us for this unique chance to hear Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, played on period instruments from the original manuscript of the music.

7.00pm: meeting point near the ticket office.

Tickets: £25, £20, £15 – £7 student standby tickets available on the day
(add £2 fee for online or phone booking)

Please contact directly The Bridgewater Hall – 0161 907 9000 –

Vivaldi Concertos for Violin ‘in tromba marina’ in D & G (20’)
Vivaldi Concertos for Bassoon in G & B-flat (20’)
Vivaldi ‘Four Seasons’ (Manchester version)
Concertos for Violin and Strings (40’)

Adrian Chandler, violin/director – Peter Whelan, bassoon

“The only surviving manuscript of these famed works is part of a collection of 95 Italian concertos held by Manchester’s Henry Watson Music Library. It contains subtle differences compared to the more widely-heard version of Vivaldi’s famous piece. Violinist Adrian Chandler has made a new edition from these parts which are written in Vivaldi’s father’s hand. The concert also includes a rare outing for the violin in tromba marina – a special ‘loud’ violin recreated from archive material discovered in Venice”.


AGM (Riunione Annuale Soci) and ‘Apericena’ – members only
Friday 29 January 2016 – 6.00pm for 6.15pm start

The AGM (maximum 1 hour) will be followed by a social APERICENA (glass of wine or fruit juice with buffet of Italian appetisers/tapas). Children are welcome.

Cost £ 8 adults / £ 3 children 6-10 years old / Free for children up to 5 years old
Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Booking is essential, latest by 26 January. Please note that if you want to participate to the AGM only, you are very welcome but it is not possible to book only for the Apericena


Flute Recital

Our Friends at the Cross Street Chapel invite you to a Flute Recital
Sunday, 24 January 2016 – 7pm


  1. S. Bach – Sonata in G minor BWV 1020
  2. Fazzolari – Sonata No. 4 op. 14 No. 1 (UK premiere)
  3. Jolivet – Chant de Linos
  4. Saint-Saëns – Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso op. 28
  5. Elgar – Chanson de Matin op. 15 No. 2

Felix Niël, flute
Carla Fernandez Boix, piano


You are invited to join them for a glass of wine or pint of beer at a meeting with the artists after the concert.

*** 2015 Events Archive ***


  Saturday 12 December 2015 – from 6.00pm to 8.00pm


Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL 

Admission: members  £3.00 – non-members  £4.00

Prosecco cocktails and Panettone will be provided. Bookings would be appreciated, so that we could cater accordingly:

Come along for a special Aperitivo to exchange the Season’s greetings over a glass of Prosecco! From the aperitif through to the dessert, Prosecco DOC gives an all-Italian touch of class that enhances every type of dish, from the simplest to the most elaborate.

It is a source of inspiration for the creation of new cocktails and aperitifs.

Alida will show you how to prepare (and taste) the Prosecco aperitifs typical of the Veneto region.

You will also have the opportunity to follow a short video presentation (in English and Italian) by the CONSORZIO DI TUTELA DELLA DENOMINAZIONE DI ORIGINE CONTROLLATA PROSECCO (Consortium for the Protection of the Registered Designation of Origin Prosecco) – Treviso.

The last few weeks before Christmas are busy and tiring. After a day of shopping in town join us and relax with a glass of Italian sparkling wine and a slice of Panettone and Pandoro.



This year’s theme: “L’italiano nella musica, la musica nell’italiano”

Friday 23 October 2015 – 7.00pm

To celebrate the XV Week of the Italian Language in the World / XV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, join us for an unusual event.

Following the invitation we launched a couple of months ago, Danilo, Frances, Liliana, Rita, Roberto, Shannon and Silvana (for Antonietta) – will each present the Italian song that is linked either to a special moment in their life, or to a particular poetical consideration, sharing it with us through a YouTube video.

As a cherry on the cake, our member Jacek (pianist) and his friend Ravi (tenor) are preparing for us a lovely surprise.

A glass of wine and nibbles will follow, with the opportunity to speak some Italian in a relaxed, informal manner. Don’t miss it!

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Admission: FREE to members     £ 3.00 non-members


Friday 25th September 2015 – 7.00pm

On the occasion of Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2015 (10-21 September)

Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and his investigation of the laws of motion and improvements on the telescope helped further the understanding of the world and universe around him. He has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, and the “father of modern physics”, and “the father of modern science”.

Speaker: Prof. Lucio Piccirillo – School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

The evening will continue with drinks and nibbles.

Admission: £ 2.00 members £ 3.00 non-members


Wednesday 16th September 2015

On the occasion of Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2015 (10-21 September)
GIRO PASTA BARILLA      any time between 6.00pm and 10.00pm    £6.95


Love Italian cooking? Discover the world of Barilla, Italy’s N.1 Pasta! Try a variety of delicious pasta and the authentic Italian flavours of Barilla ready-made sauces in our all-you-can-eat pasta event. No need to order: you will be served several pasta dishes with different sauces and you can eat as much as you like.

Venue: Al Bacio Italian Restaurant, 10-14 South King Street, Manchester M2 6DW

To book tickets call 0161 8327669 or email

The event is promoted by Societa’ Dante Alighieri. You can book directly with the restaurant for you and your family/friends OR you can book with us ( and we will organise a table for our group at 7.00pm.


Venerdì 22 Maggio 2015 – 7.00PM

DANTES-INFERNOCross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

In occasione del 750esimo anniversario della nascita del padre della “Divina Commedia”, la nostra Società ha deciso di celebrare il nostro Poeta con un evento dedicato alla lettura di alcuni versi tratti dall’Inferno.

              Soci e simpatizzanti della Società Dante Alighieri di Manchester saranno i benvenuti.

Non mancate!


Venerdì 17 Aprile 2015

Proiezione del film “Il capitale umano” (The Human Capital)
di Paolo Virzì

Italian with English sub
Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A session to follow
Il film sarà introdotto da Silvana Serra e seguirà un breve dibattito


The film is based on the American novel Human Capital by Stephen Amidon and it is set in a town in Brianza, an affluent area near Milan. The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.

It is a drama/thriller aiming to portrait the impact that the cynicism pervading the economic driving force of our Western society is having on the life of individuals and communities.

The film was awarded Best Film at Globo d’oro Awards, and with seven Silver Ribbon at the David di Donatello Awards, as Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Photography, Best Protagonist Actor and Actress (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi was also awarded Best Actress at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival), Best Actor and Actress non-protagonist. The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.

FREE admission Don’t miss it! / Non mancate!

VENUE: The International Burgess Foundation, Engine House, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY – street parking/pay & display in Cambridge Street.

Booking preferred: please contact or call 07798 557532


Saturday 25 April 2015 – 3.00pm to 5.00pm


Toddlers’ playgroup (age range 0-4 years) in Italian

Just come along, bring your baby’s preferred blanket and toy, and join us for songs, stories and a whole load of fun in Italian.

FREE for members

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL 


2014 Events Archive


Sunday 16 February 2014 – 4.45pm for 5.00pm start
FILM “La Grande Bellezza / The Great Beauty” (2013) – by Paolo Sorrentino – Italian (English subtitles)Brief introduction by Silvana Serra – Il film sara` introdotto brevemente da Silvana Serra The film by Paolo Sorrentino besides having won many awards, among which the USA Golden Globe (2014) and the European Films Award (2013), has  currently been selected for the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the Oscar as Best Foreign Language  Film. “La grande bellezza” touches the core aspects of life, such as authenticity, love and faith, unfolding them through a stunning visual experience of Rome, which confirms the notion of “her” as “la Citta’ Eterna”. The yet again outstanding performance by Toni Servillo is strengthened by the touching performances by Carlo Verdone and Sabrina Ferilli.Don’t miss it!…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Il film di Paolo Sorrentino oltre ad aver vinto numerosi premi, tra cui il Golden Globe-USA (2014) e l’European Films Award (2013), e’ stato  recentemente selezionato per il Festival di Cannes e candidato all’Oscar come miglior film straniero. “La grande bellezza” tocca i temi fondamentali della vita, quali l’autenticita’, l’amore e la fede, sviluppandoli attraverso la creazione di una splendida esperienza estetica della citta’ di Roma, che riconferma la cognizione di “lei” come “la Citta’ Eterna”. L’ usuale perfetta interpretazione di Toni Servillo e’  accompagnata dalle belle prove di Carlo Verdone e Sabrina Ferilli.Da non mancare!Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NLAdmission: £ 2.00 (drinks and nibbles afterwards included)

Monday 13 January 2014 – 7.00pm for 7.15pm start
FILM “Caos calmo / Quiet Chaos” (2008) – by Antonello Grimaldi – Italian (English subtitles)Introduction by Silvana Serra – Q&A Session to followIl film sara` introdotto da Silvana Serra e seguira`un breve dibattitoQuesta commedia intrigante si interroga sulla qualità delle relazioni umane nella società contemporanea così fortemente condizionata da ritmi ed obiettivi imposti dalla vita professionale. Il tema è sviluppato con uno stile marcatamente ironico, di cui Nanni Moretti, qui nel ruolo del protagonista, è maestro.This intriguing comedy questions the quality of human relationship in contemporary society, so heavily conditioned by careerism and professional commitments. The theme is conveyed via a humorous edge, of which Nanni Moretti, here in the role of the protagonist, is a master.Nibbles and drinks afterwards.Non mancate / Don’t miss it!Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NLAdmission: £ 2.00 members £ 3.00 non-members (Drinks and nibbles included)

Saturday 14 December 2013 – 6.00pm to 8.00pm

BRINDIAMO CON VERDI  (Italian/English)





IT – Quest’anno avremo come invitata speciale al nostro scambio di auguri natalizi, la musica immortale di Giuseppe Verdi.In occasione della celebrazione del secondo centenario della nascita del grande Italiano, saranno proposti dei brani dalle sue opera con il brindisi come soggetto.Omaggeremo anche il grande rivale Wagner di cui ricorre pure il bicentenario della nascita e Mascagni di cui ricorre il centocinquantenario.Preparatevi quindi a “libar nei lieti calici” con prosecco e panettone.EN – This year we will have as special guest at our Christmas meeting the everlasting music by Giuseppe Verdi.On the occasion of the second centenary of the birth of the great Italian, we will propose some pieces of his operas that have the toast as subject.

We will also pay homage to Verdi’s great rival Wagner for his bicentenary and toMascagni four hundred and fifty years from his birth.

Join us to celebrate Yuletide in festive mood, and be ready to ”libar nei lieti calici” with prosecco and panettone.

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Admission:     members  £3.00  – non-members £4.00

Booking will be appreciated to prepare panettone e prosecco accordingly.

If possible please contact


Monday 18 November 2018 – 7pm with talk starting 7.15pm

La BOCCA DI BOCCACCIO  (Italian/English)



IT – Nella poetica edonistica del Decamerone, capolavoro del Boccaccio, il cibo, il vino e il gusto per la buona tavola hanno un ruolo importante.

Nell’ occasione del settimo centenario della nascita dell’ autore, accanto e ad integrazione delle celebrazioni accademiche, si propone una rivisitazione in chiave “filologico-gastronomica” di alcune novelle.

Dalla descrizione del paese di Bengodi, all’omaggio a Certaldo, borgo natio, un percorso culinario ci portera’ alla scoperta di cibi a volte dimenticati e a sapori di antica tradizione.

Poiche’ alla fine si prevedono dei piccoli assaggi, si prega, se possible, di confermare la presenza all’evento con alcuni giorni di anticipo.

EN – In Decameron’s hedonistic poetics, the important role taken by food and wine proves us that Boccaccio was a real gourmet. 

On the occasion of the seventh centenary of his birth, to integrate the academic celebrations, we suggest a “gastronomic” revisiting of some of his tales.

From the portrayal of “il paese di Bengodi, to the homage to Certaldo, Boccaccio’s homeland, a culinary journey will take us to discover forgotten dishes and traditional flavours. 

Following will be a tasting of some of the old recipes inspired by the masterpiece. If possible, please confirm your attendance few days before the event.

Venue: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Admission:     members  £3.00  – non-members £4.00     

Booking will be appreciated to prepare the homemade ‘nibbles’ accordingly. 

If possible please contact 



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