Our current events

*Our Events in 2018*

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Thursday 18th January 2018, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3FF

Societa’ Dante Alighieri and The Portico Library invite you to an evening with

Christina Rossetti
All the heaven is blasing – Tutto il cielo e’ splendente
Parallel Poems

Translated in Italian by Franca Maria Ferraris
Illustrated by Maria Teresa di Tanna

“Tutto il cielo e’ splendente” is the first Italian translation of her work. The Italian poet-translator and the illustrator will present their new book with readings in both languages and a musical interlude.

Poetry reading

Franca Maria Ferraris                                        Italian poet translator

Maria Teresa Di Tanna                                      Italian illustrator

Kate Fuggle                                                       musical interlude

Presentation by Anna Maria Forti Sheikh.

Christina Rossetti, one of the most original voices of her century: 1830-1894.
An English poet born in 1830 to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet and a political exile from Vasto, Abruzzo – Italy and Frances Polidori, the sister of Lord Byron’s friend and physician, John William Polidori.
Christina wrote a variety of romantic, devotional  and children’s poems including ballads, love lyrics, and sonnets.
Best known for her long poem Goblin Market, her love poem Remember, and for the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.
Her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti became an influential Pre-Raphaelite artist and poet.
Christina’s writing was influenced by the work of Dante Alighieri, Petrarch and other Italian writers. Her home was open to visiting Italian scholars, artists and revolutionaries.

The evening will conclude with a glass of Italian wine and nibbles.

Tickets: £ 5  members of Portico / Dante and students; £ 6  non-members

Booking required:   T. 0161 236 6785 or email dante@newfuture.org or book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christina-rossetti-presented-by-the-societa-dante-alighieri-tickets-40548931947


Sunday 4 February 2018 – doors open at 1.00 pm for the reception and the concert will follow at 2.00 pm 

Lunchtime concert with ‘Aperitif’ buffet and glass of wine

St Ann’s Church, St Ann Sq, Manchester M2 7LF

Tickets £7 / £ 5 Dante members and concessions

Clarinet: Einar Jóhannesson
Piano: Alessandra Pompili

Einar Jóhannesson studied the clarinet at the Reykjavík College of Music with Gunnar Egilson and continued his studies at The Royal College of Music in London, where he won the coveted Frederick Thurston prize. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber music player throughout Europe, Asia, America and Australia. He is principal clarinet of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, solo clarinettist of the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, and a founding member of the Reykjavík Wind Quintet.

Alessandra Pompili is a classical pianist with a focus on presenting original and creative programmes to audiences. She has performed for years as a soloist to critical public acclaim in Italy, England, Hungary and the U.S.A.
She lives in Manchester and is an active member of our Society.

The event is jointly organised by St Ann’s Church and Societa’ Dante Alighieri in Manchester.


WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018 – 6.00pm for 6.15pm

FILM: LA GIUSTA DISTANZA / THE RIGHT DISTANCE
by Carlo Mazzacurati (2007)

In Italian with English subtitles – Duration 106 min

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

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

A fine film depicting themes, with much foresight, that have nowadays become prominent in daily life.

The film was awarded with a ‘Nastro d’argento’ for best script, and nominated for several ‘David di Donatello’ awards, including categories for best film and best actress.


WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY 2018 – 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

ITALY 1929-1945: WHAT DID REALLY HAPPEN?

Speaker: Silvana Serra

 The first of two talks will aim to broaden the knowledge of – and provide some clarifications on – the dramatic events of the Fascism and the role of Italy in World War II. Events sadly often perceived too simplistically.

A glass of wine and Italian nibbles will follow. During the social gathering you will have the opportunity to discuss the presentation.

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

It would be helpful if you could confirm your presence to dante@newfuture.org


WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE 2018 – 6.15PM for 6.30PM start

ITALY 1929-1945: WHAT DID REALLY HAPPEN?

( 2ND AND FINAL PART )

Speaker: Silvana Serra

 The last of two talks will aim to broaden the knowledge of – and provide some clarifications on – the dramatic events of the Fascism and the role of Italy in World War II. Events sadly often perceived too simplistically.

A glass of wine and Italian nibbles will follow. During the social gathering you will have the opportunity to discuss the presentation.

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

It would be helpful if you could confirm your presence to dante@newfuture.org


SATURDAY 16th – FRIDAY 29th JUNE

Saturday 16 June (11.00pm to 4.30pm)

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

FREE admission

Il mercatino del libro – Italian book market

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

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Garofalo pasta tasting (12.30pm to 1.30pm)

Pop-in to taste this exceptional Italian pasta which may have only arrived in the UK recently but in Italy it’s existed since 1789.

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Sunday 17th June

Manchester Day with Al Bacio and Dom’s

Join us for mouth-watering Italian food and drink throughout the day.

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

Dom’s Tavola calda, 40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH

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Wednesday 20th June (6.30pm)

Divine Monsters: From Past to Present

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester

Art Historian Sara Riccardi will explore the historical representation of ‘bestiari’, which belonged to the wider collective Medieval imagination, of which Dante and Gessner were part. Sara will also present and explore the beautiful facsimiles of some illuminated early manuscripts of the Divina Commedia on display at the Library.

Barbara Bertoni of Imago, the Italian publishers of the facsimiles, will be on hand after the talk to discuss the manuscripts with you.

Drinks and Italian snacks will follow:

£5 members of Portico and Dante

£6 non-members / £4 students and unemployed

Booking required: Library tel. 0161 2366785

events@theportico.org.uk or dante@newfuture.org

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20th – 22nd June (9.30am – 4.30pm)

The Divine Comedy: Early Manuscripts

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester

FREE admission

Over just three days facsimiles of six of Dante’s early illuminated manuscripts will be shown at The Portico Library. You will be able to view these stunning reproductions of the “Divina Commedia” up-close and discover some of the history of these amazing books.

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Thursday 21st June

To learn more about the technical details of the manuscripts, drop in to the library at 3.00pm on 21 June to talk to Elena Palladino, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian – member of Societa’ Dante Alighieri.

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Friday 29th June (1.00pm)

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester

Lunchtime Concert

Pianist: Alessandra Pompili

Followed by complimentary Garofalo pasta salad, Italian cheese and drinks

FREE admission – Donations to the Cross Street Chapel are appreciated

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Monday 18th to Friday 22nd June

Al Bacio Restaurant and Dom’s Tavola Calda

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

40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH

A main dish of Garofalo pasta with a soft drink at £10.00

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Monday 25th to Friday 29th June

Al Bacio Restaurant and Dom’s Tavola Calda

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

40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 1RH

A main dish of Garofalo pasta with a soft drink at £10.00

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PIZZA DI FERRAGOSTO

15th August 2018
6.45PM for 7PM start

Venue: DOM’S Tavola Calda/Pizzeria, 40-42 Deansgate, Manchester M3 
(corner Blackfriars St)

 

In the past few years we have celebrated the ‘Ferragosto’ (15th August) with a ‘pizza evening’ and also this year Silvana and Manuela will meet at DOM’s in Deansgate. If you like to join us please contact dante@newfuture.org BEFORE Monday 13th August and we will book a table accordingly.

Each of us will pay separately for his/her own pizza and drink.

Buone vacanze a tutti! E buon Ferragosto!

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.


EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

Wednesday 26 September 2018   5.30pm to approx. 8.30pm

The Instituto Cervantes, 326/330 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FN

The European Day of Languages is celebrated on September 26. This day represents 800 million citizens of 47 countries and honors the linguistic diversity of the continent of Europe, with more than 200 languages of its own.

Instituto Cervantes is once again participating in this welcome initiative and invites everyone to join this celebration of the linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe, which seeks to underline the importance of learning languages; increase knowledge and awareness of the value of languages, and encourages the continued learning of languages throughout life.

In order to raise awareness about the great variety of languages that characterises Europe, Instituto Cervantes in Manchester, in collaboration with the Europia, Alliance Française and Societa’ Dante Alighieri, is organizing a series of activities at its headquarters including taster classes of different European languages. The taster class for Italian will be run by Silvana Serra.

The event is aimed at prospective students. It is free, but booking is required. Please register at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/european-day-of-languages-tickets-48478645935

Event schedule will be as follows:

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17:30 – 18:15                German Language Class Taster

17:30 – 18:15                French Language Class Taster

18:15 – 19:00                Spanish Language Class Taster

18:15 – 19:00                Basque Language Class Taster

19:00 – 19:45                Polish Language Class Taster

19:00 – 19:45                Italian Language Class Taster

19:45 – 20:30                International Music & Food

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The Victorians and the Reinvention of the Italian Renaissance

Thursday 27 September 2018   6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester
Speaker: Emma Marigliano

From Giotto to Michelangelo, Dante to Petrarca, Firenze to Roma, Italy’s Renaissance left an indelible mark on the Victorians. Former special collections librarian, Emma Marigliano, explores how British artists and poets reinterpreted and mythologised Italian culture for the British public.

Italian nibbles and wine will be offered after the talk.

£5 members of Portico and Dante
£6 non-members / £4 students and unemployed

Booking requireddante@newfuture.org

OR with the Portico Library tel. 0161 2366785 – events@theportico.org.uk

Booking also possible with Eventbrite:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-victorians-the-reinvention-of-the-italian-renaissance-tickets-47419604313

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