Our current events

*Our Events in 2021*

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)

Franz Liszt’ Way of the Cross

(members & SDA friends only)

Friday 2nd April at 6 PM (on Zoom)
Piano: Alessandra Pompili

On Lents season, members and friends of our Society are invited to attend the piano concert by our talented friend, Alessandra Pompili.

Franz Liszt wrote the Via Crucis between 1876 and 1879. Already a minister of the Catholic Church, Liszt had been progressively absorbed by the composition of sacred works and by a quest for daring experimentations in music writing.

The Via Crucis was inspired by a series of paintings on the Stations of the Cross made by German artist Friedrich Overbeck, whom Liszt met when living in Rome. The composition is divided into the fourteen customary stations plus the introductory hymn “Vexilla Regis”: in many ways, it is the only reflection of the last hours of Jesus’ life on earth written for piano.

 Among the many performances of the Via Crucis by Alessandra are those at the Franz Liszt Museum and Academy in Budapest, the Musei Vaticani, Casa Verdi, the Philharmonia of Krakow, Villa d’Este in Tivoli, the Cathedrals of Sheffield, Lancaster, Glasgow and Wrexham.

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

“Ricomincio da tre / I am starting from three”
(members only)

Sunday 14th February at 4 PM (on Zoom)

On St. Valentine’s Day, members of our Society are invited to watch together the lovely movie by Massimo Troisi, “I am starting from three”, a celebration of love and friendship. Both feelings that play an essential role in our need for Connection and Sharing, that the pandemic has so strongly enhanced.

We will meet in the afternoon, so have your tea and cake ready!


Il giorno di S. Valentino, siamo lieti di invitare i nostri soci alla visione del bel film di Massimo Troisi, “Ricomincio da tre”, il quale celebra l’amore e l’amicizia, entrambi  sentimenti essenziali per soddisfare il nostro bisogno di contatto umano e condivisione, che questa pandemia ha cosi’ fortemente amplificato.

Ci incontreremo nel pomeriggio, pertanto siate pronti con te’ e pasticcini!