Our current events

*Our Events in 2021*

European Day of Languages: celebrating linguistic diversity
(In English – mainly – free and open to all)

Monday 27th September 2021 – “Do you speak polyglot?” (6.00PM – 7.15PM)

To mark the European Day of Languages organised by the Council of Europe, the Società Dante Alighieri, the Instituto Cervantes and the Alliance Française of Manchester invite you to celebrate language diversity, intercultural understanding and multilingualism through an online talk with two exceptional guests: Richard Simcott and Andreas G. Wolff.

Taken together, Richard and Andreas can speak over 60 languages. They will share with us their experience and tips for language learning; they will discuss the challenges and advantages of polyglotism and how it can influence personal and professional life, and they will answer all your questions.

Join us for this round table on Monday 27th September, from 6PM to 7:15PM.

This event is organised by Alliance Française de Manchester, the Società Dante Alighieri Manchester and the Instituto Cervantes.

Richard Simcott is a British polyglot, who has studied over 50 languages. HarperCollins described him as one of the most multilingual people in the United Kingdom, and the Goethe Institute gave him the title Ambassador for Multilingualism.
He has many years of consulting experience using languages with diverse clients and offering his expertise on multilingual and multinational projects.
He is the original founder of the Polyglot Conference and The Language Event and manages a popular Facebook page called Speaking Fluently.

Andreas G. Wolff, originally German, holds a BA (Hons) in Gaelic Language and Culture and an MA in International Journalism. He is now a video journalist with the BBC in Scotland, working in English and Gaelic. At home he speaks Spanish and Italian, the native languages of his wife, Jessica. A self-confessed language junkie, he is also fully proficient in French and has colloquial proficiency in Russian and Portuguese. He has a basic knowledge of Mandarin, Irish and most recently Northern Frisian. Andreas has previously taught adult Gaelic language classes and is certified by the International Association of Hyperpolyglots: HYPIA (hyperpolyglots are fluent in more than six languages). He is president of the Taynuilt Gaelic Choir.

–> Click here to register and get the ZOOM link to the event <–


Divine Notes for a Divine Poet: Dante between Classical Music and Heavy Metal – Part 2: Purgatory

Thursday 23rd September 2021 – 6.00PM (free event on Zoom)
Speaker: Alessandra Pompili

After journeying through Hell (Inferno) in company of some of the musicians who were inspired by Dante’s narrative of despair, we turn our attention to Purgatory. Purgatory is a strange realm: not full hopelessness neither full bliss, it is inhabited by souls who are on the way to Heaven but still barred from it. They voice their quiet expectation through singing, and this evening will look at both the music they produce and the music that has been written to depict their temporary state.

–> Please register at dante@newfuture.org for the ZOOM link <–

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

KINOFILM FESTIVAL 2021 – 17th Edition

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 18:00 – ITALIAN PROGRAMME
(Doors open at 6.00PM – programme starts at 6.30PM)

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


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

KINOFILM™ will present its 17th short film festival, Manchester International Short Film and Animation Festival from 19th to 26th October 2021

Once again Società Dante Alighieri in Manchester and KinoFilm are proud to offer an evening of Italian shorts hosted by the Instituto Cervantes.

Full details and tickets at the following link:

Please note: due to Covid-19 restrictions, capacity is limited. Please book your ticket as soon as possible.

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!