Our current events

*Our Events in 2018*

(Information on parking with evening/weekend rates: www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park)

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

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


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