Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flautissimo - Concert II, Dante Series 2014

Featuring music for two, three and four flutes spanning three centuries.

Music by Mozart, Petrassi, Shocker, Tomasi and others.

Tjasa Dykes, Adrianna Lis, Christine Kim, 

Luca Manghi (flutes)
David Kelly (piano)

Sunday 27 July, 5pm
St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland
Tickets $30 / $25 for Dante Alighieri Society members / $10 students

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Learn Italian this winter!

Learn Italian this winter, and if you enroll in two classes in the same term you only pay $150 for the second class. For more info click here or call 09 376 3853

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paolo Rotondo new movie 'Orphans & Kingdoms', and help us bring a part of Italian and New Zealand history to world.

Orphans & Kingdoms 2014

Directed by Paolo Rotondo AOTEAROA
In writer/director Paolo Rotondo’s debut feature, three teenagers on the run break into a deluxe Waiheke Island home and find themselves caught in a tense psychodrama with the conflicted owner. Click here to watch the trailer.

"Il mio Film Orphans & Kingdoms farà parte del New Zealand international film festival," Says Paolo. "Il compositore e venuto dall’Italia per registrare degli stupendi pezzi classici e corali.  Quindi con un regista-sceneggiatore italiano e un compositore Italiano si potrebbe dire che il film e quasi una coproduzione."

Per maggiori informazioni cliccare sul link 

But there is more from this talented Italian Kiwi:

The Theatre production Strange Resting Places has been invited to represent New Zealand at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, regarded as the most important Theatre Festival in the world, and needs fundings to be able to attend. Strange Resting Places is about the meeting of Italians and the Maori Battalion in WW2, click here to watch a few extracts from this wonderful show, and if you like what to see please make a donation and help bring both theatre and an important part of Italian and New Zealand history to world.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Soccer World Cup: Italian fans happy in Auckland!

Yes we were at Gina's this morning to watch the game, and what a great atmosphere! Caffè, paste, pizza, beautiful people and lots of fun! Thank you Joyce and Ale, it is so much better to watch the game together! And Italy won!!! You can see more photos in the Herald by clicking here, and probably something will be in the news tonight too :-). Forza Azzurri!!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Enjoy Giapo amazing ice creams with a 10% discount!

Dante members can now enjoy Giapo Haute Ice Cream, the best gelato in Auckland, with  a 10% discount! Just present your Dante card next time you are in store!

The best gelateria in town!
Giapo's creative mind is Gianpaolo Grazioli, and we all agree that his ice creams have no equals! Some Italian favorites are Tiramisù, nocciola (hazelnut) and pistacchio (no need to translate that), but there are many more flavours to chose from, and some are truly innovative. Once your selection has been made (usually after a few tastings) your ice cream is topped with elaborated and thoughtful decorations customized for each flavour, and from then on every spoonful (or lick) is a delight! . Of course the Dante team had to taste a 'few' flavours, for research purposes, before writing all this! 

Flavia approves!
Pistachio (left) and Tiramisù (right) with macaroon and bignè

Giapo Haute Ice Cream
279-281 Queen St

(Next to the Civic Theater)
Auckland Central
Auckland City
Tel 09 550 3677

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Zealanders at the 70th Commemorations of the Battles of Monte Cassino

Prince Harry arriving at NZ Ceremony at Commonwealth Cemetery with NZ Governor General 
 The 70th Commemorations of the Battles of Cassino were held recently in and around Monte Cassino. Many New Zealanders had travelled to Italy to be part of the  commemorations and to  remember our fathers and grandfather's who fought in these horrific battles in atrocious winter weather over many months before the new Zealand troops headed north with other allied troops ending the Italian liberation campaign in early 1945 at Trieste. There was a large programme of commemoration events coordinated by the Monte Cassino Foundation for Rememberance and Reconciliation.  38 NZ veterans also travelled to Cassino and were the honoured guests at the many special functions. The opening of the Legato  Art Exhibition was held on the 17th May with 30 New Zealand artists presenting works.11 artists travelled from NZ plus 3  artists based in Europe.The Ngati Ranana concert group from London performed at the opening that was officially opened by the New Zealand Ambassador in Rome Dr Trevor Matheson. Also present was the Italian Ambassador in NZ.

Photos and text by Cheryl Coleman

Legato Art Exhibition Cassino May 2014
Legato Art Exhibition opening Cassino
Legato Art Exhibition opening Cassino Italy May 2014
Ngati Ranana Concert group from London
NZ Veterans at Cassino Railway Memorial
NZ Veterans arrive with Prince Harry
Some of the many New Zealanders at the NZ Memorial Ceremony at the Commonwealth Cemetery
NZ Governor General Speaking at Ceremony
Kiwis and new Italian friends at NZ Comemmoration

NZ Veteran of the Cassino battles Harry Atkinson with Cheryl Coleman

Friday, June 6, 2014

Foto della Festa della Repubblica

Grazie a tutti per la bellissima Festa della Repubblica il 2 giugno a Kinder House in Parnell, grazie a Peroni per aver portato la birra e anche del buonissimo vino rosso, abbiamo brindato, cantato e mangiato un ottimo rinfresco e la pizza cotta con il forno a legna di Napoli Central. Ci vediamo al prossimo evento!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NZ Opera La Traviata / Dante Members receive 10% discount and no booking fee when booking through the Dante Auckland

Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to inform you that NZ Opera have kindly offered us again a  10% on tickets to Verdi’s most performed opera in the world and an irresistible classic:
           LA TRAVIATA

10% discount applies to all performances and categories except C-Reserve.

Dante members do not need to go as group, you can choose the performance of your choice.
And no booking fee!

Please email me your requests at Deadline for emailing your request is Thursday 12thJune, 5pm.  I will collect the tickets on Friday 13th June.
Payment will be due on Monday 16th June, by online payment, cash or cheques. I will email you the exact amount you owe us.

NB: I need a minimum of 10 seats requests for this discount (and no booking fee) to apply. The great thing is that you do not have to go as a group the same night, you can book as individuals with me.


Thursday 19th June, 7.30pm
Saturday 21st June, 7.30pm
Wednesday 25th June, 7.30pm
Friday 27th June, 7.30pm
Sunday 29th June, 2.30pm

Ticket prices:
C-Res $49.50 (no discount applies)
B-Res: was $74.50, now for DA members:  $67
A-Res: was $98.50, now for DA members:   $88.70
Silver: was $124.50, now for DA members:   $112
Gold: was $148.50, now for DA members:   $133.70
Premium: was $189.50, now for DA members:   $170.60

I look forward to assisting you with your booking.

Warm regards,

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Would you like to have a stall at the Festival Italiano 2014?

Our next Italian Festival will be in Newmarket (Osborne St and lower Kent St) on the 28th of September 2014, bigger and better than ever! We are now collecting expressions of interest from potential stall holders. If you are interested in displaying or selling your Italian products, or need more information, please email the Festival Director Alessandra Zecchini, or our Italian Market Liaison Officer Dianne McGowan with your name, company and type of product/s. If you sell food you will need to have a current food license. Please also note that places in the Italian Market are limited.

Friday, May 30, 2014

For music lovers: the first concert of the DA Chamber Music Series is here!

On the 13th of June 2014 we will open the Dante Alighieri Chamber Music Series with the first concert


Music by Maurice Emmanuel, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Donizetti, Claire Scholes, Solbiati

Luca Manghi - Flute
Andrew Uren - Clarinets
Katherine Hebley - Cello
David Kelly - Piano

Vi aspettiamo numerosi!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Camminata and scampagnata della Dante!

Our walk last Sunday was great, the sun shone and even if the tracks were a little (just a little) hard at times we were rewarded with great views at the top!

Massimo lead us to the Hau Hau track going up, and the Coman on the way down.

You can see the Karekare circuit here.

Going up and up...

… and coming down

Back to Karekare!

See you at the next event on Monday: Festa della Repubblica!