Our current events

*Our Events in 2017*

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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: dante@newfuture.org

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: http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:y3p-iyofmaxp-l6am2v/art-history-seminar-prof-bette-talvacchia-michelangelos-ignudi


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

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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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/divorzio-allitaliana-divorce-italian-style-tickets-34967944062

Booking required: Library tel. 0161 2366785

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


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    

Booking: dante@newfuture.org


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 http://hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk