Sunday, April 26, 2015

Me ne Frego! Second Film of the Embassy of Italy Film Series - 1 May 2015

Second film of  the Embassy of Italy Film Series: FREE!!!
May 1, 6 pm, University of Auckland Arts 1 Building, Level 2, Room 220.
Me ne frego!  (Vanni Gandolfi) (2014, 58 minutes) 
(In Italian with English subtitles)
 Me ne frego! recounts  a little known experiment in Italian history: the Fascist regime's attempt to create a new Italian language in line with the regime's ideology. This film exposes Mussolini's language, its neologisms, the indoctrination  of school children, the anti-LEI exhibiton, the birth of the dubbing industry and the repression of diversity that is the story of this failed campaign to create a new language. An informative, lively and ironic documentary based on archival images and videos. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

And the winner is….

The winner of the book by Nicky Pellegrino One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino is Gama! Congratulations!

And remember that you can meeet the author:

TIME: 6.00 – 7.00PM

Light refreshments provided. Free event but bookings are essential. Books will be available courtesy of Paper Plus.
Please RSVP: At Leys Institute Library or phone 09 374 1315

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Win a copy of One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino

To win your copy of:

One Summer in Venice

 Just leave a comment to this post by 24 April. Winner announced 25 April.

Meet the author:

TIME: 6.00 – 7.00PM

Light refreshments provided. Free event but bookings are essential. Books will be available courtesy of Paper Plus.
Please RSVP: At Leys Institute Library or phone 09 374 1315

Dante Auckland's newsletter editor Stefania Perrotta interviews Nicky Pellegrino: 

           How “Italian” do you feel? Which parts of your personality, character and tastes (culinary preferences aside) do you feel are typically Italian?

My father is from southern Italy - from a town not far from Napoli - and so I think I share some of his excitable, passionate, stormy nature. Family is important to me like it is for most Italians and I love everyone to be gathered round a table eating together and having "shouty" conversations. I'm also quite fond of hooting my car horn when people are driving badly. No one ever seems to hoot here in NZ (why bother having a car horn if you're not going to use it?)

        The characters in your novels are Italians living in Italy – sometimes in the UK. Now that you have been living in NZ for a while, can you imagine writing also about Italians in NZ?

For some reason I find it easier to write about places when I don't live in them. I've spent quite a lot of time in Italy over the years - particularly during my childhood - and being away from it sort of helps me distill its essence a little more. The same goes for London where many of my novels are also partly set. So no plans to set any stories in New Zealand at the moment.

        Do you think Italian and NZ cultures have things in common, and if so, which ones?

Love of food and the outdoors plus a passion for sport would be things we have in common. The part of Italian culture I wish we would adopt is the passeggiata - that evening stroll when you stop and chat to friends and neighbours and perhaps pause for a drink and some little snacks. I think it's so civilsed. Here we tend to socialise inside our homes more and I like that idea of being out in the world and part of a community.

        What is your favourite restaurant in Italy and can you recommend some hidden gems there that are off the beaten track?.

My favourite place in Italy to eat is my aunt Peppina's place. She is an incredible cook and it wouldn't matter if two people turned up for dinner or 20, she would still produce something beautiful and bursting with flavour. Last time I was there though was to research my new novel One Summer In Venice and I had a couple of weeks alone in Venice, visting bacari and  living on cicchetti and tasting local specialities like bigoli in salsa and sarde en soar. My favourite cicchetti places were All'Arco and Pronto Pesce near the Rialto market. And Alla Vedova which is famous for its polpette. There's a great guide to eating out there called Venice Osterie by Michela Scibilia that I used a lot to find some of the quieter, off-the-beaten track places.

 About the book 

The incredible Nicky Pellegrino returns with yet another delicious novel, this time immersing the reader in Venice. One Summer in Venice (ISBN 9781409159452) is set in the tangled maze of canals, bridges and piazzas that make up this romantic Italian city. Addolorata Martinelli sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness. Nicky was born in Liverpool but spent summers staying with her family in Italy. It is her memory of those summers that flavour her stories: the passions, the feuds but most of all the foods. Now living in New Zealand, working as a journalist, Nicky hordes her holidays so that she and her husband can return to see family, eat mozzarella and research her books.

Nicky will be doing two evening events at the Leys Institute in Ponsonby. Don’t miss the opportunity to see her in person talk about One Summer in Venice.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

First film of the Embassy of Italy Film Series: FREE!!!

April 10, 6 pm, University of Auckland Arts 1 Building, Level 2, Room 220.
ITALIAN MOVIES by Matteo Pellegrini (2013, 99 minutes)
(In Italian with English subtitles)
One night in the television studios where a popular television series is produced, the cleaning crew, all immigrants, discover that the armoured door of the room where the camera is kept is open.  One of them, Dilip, decides to “borrow” the camera and film his friend’s wedding.  Soon the fun escalates and one by one, each of the crew takes the camera and uses it more and more. Contrary to the soaps shot during the day, the night crew shoots real life stories at night.

About the Embassy Film Series
The Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Programme of the University of Auckland are excited to present a series of recent Italian films, provided by the Italian Embassy. The films, in Italian with English subtitles will be screened from April to September at the University of Auckland, Arts 1, Lecture Theatre 220 at 6pm. Entry is free of charge.
La rassegna é presentata dall’Italian Programme dell’ Universitá di Auckland in collaborazione con la Dante Alighieri. I film verranno proiettati all’Universitá di Auckland, Arts 1, Lecture Theatre 220, alle ore 18.00. Entrata gratis. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pizza Festival 2015

From June 22 to July 5 2015, Naples will host the international Pizza festival.
The Pizza festival is the first major global event that enhances the Neapolitan pizza in the place where it originated from. Visitors and locals will have the chance to taste pizzas of various types and shapes.

The Festival will no longer be held in a single location, but it takes place in hundreds of pizzerias in the world: from Naples to New York, from Sao Paulo to Tokyo. The pizzerias identified by the logo of the True Neapolitan Pizza are organising various events so let us know if something is also happening in Auckland!

For more info click here (English)
or here (Italiano)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ANINZ (Associazione Nonni Italiani in NZ)


Il connazionale Beniamino Petrosino sta lanciando una nuova assoziazione, chiamata ANINZ.onlus, avendo a modello le molteplici Associazioni di Nonni Italiani esistenti al mondo. ANINZ (Associazione Nonni Italiani in NZ) vuole essere un’organizzazione non a scopo di lucro, di utilita’ sociale, che si propone di diffondere, celebrare e valorizzare la figura del nonno e della nonna italiani in Nuova Zelanda. I nonni, nell’ambito sociale e familiare, rappresentano validi coadiutori dei genitori nella crescita e nell'educazione dei nipoti nati agli antipodi, rappresentando una grande risorsa culturale come detentori della memoria storica della famiglia e ottimi mediatori generazionali. 
ANINZ si propone come obiettivo primario quello di rafforzare il legame tra i nonni emigranti che lasciarono l’Italia nell’ immediato dopo-guerra e i loro nipoti nati in Nuova Zelanda e di incoraggiare i nipoti a scoprire la vita dei loro nonni prima di emigrare. In questo modo potranno meglio comprenderne i sacrifici che essi hanno dovuto affrontare nella loro nuova patria per conquistare quel futuro migliore oggi goduto dai loro discendenti. 
ANINZ vuole diffondere l’importanza di preservare la memoria collettiva dei nonni attraverso storie individuali ma ciascuna con un messaggio universale, col comune scopo di tramandare la 'storia' ai nipoti. Cosi’ facendo, i nipoti potranno piu’ facilmente a loro volta tramandarla alle future generazioni, avendo conosciuto e compreso più in profondità la cultura e i principi della famiglia e del popolo italiani. 

Tutti gli interessanti possono contattare Beniamino Petrosino Email: 
Tel. 0220469357 


The Italian national Beniamino Petrosino is launching a new association called ANINZ.onlus, a model (replica) of the multiple associations of Italian Grandparents in the world. ANZIZ (Italian Association of Grandparents in NZ) wants to be a non-profit organization of social usefulness having the aim to spread, celebrate and enhance the figure of the Italian grandfather and grandmother's in New Zealand. Grandparents are, in the social and family precincts, valid coadjutor of the parents in the upbringing and education of their grandchildren born at the antipodes; they are a great cultural resource as holders of the historical memory of the family and their main genealogy link. 
ANINZ’s primary objective is to strengthen the bond between grandparents who left Italy in the immediate post-war and their grandchildren born in New Zealand and to encourage those grandchildren to discover the life of their grandparents before emigrating. Doing so, they could better understand the sacrifices that their grandfathers and grandmothers had to face in this new country to win that better future now enjoyed by their descendants. 
ANINZ wants to make aware the importance of preserving the collective memory of grandparents through individual stories, each with a universal message, with the common aim of passing on the ' history ' to their grandchildren. In such a way, they could in turn pass it on to future generations, having known and understood more deeply the culture and sound principles of the families and Italian people. 

All those who are interested can contact Beniamino Petrosino 
Tel. 0220469357 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know that Italy counts 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its borders, the most of any country on the World Heritage List! 

Italy’s World Heritage Sites are well-known. The Dolomites; The City of Verona; Ferrara and the Po River Delta; the Historic Centers of San Gimignano, Florence and Rome; Hadrian's Villa and the Villa D’Este at Tivoli; the archaeological area of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata; the Sassi (rupestrian architecture and churches) of Matera; the Amalfi Coast and the Aeolian Islands are just some among many others.

All 50 sites have been, at one time or another, travel destinations for those seeking out history, art and culture in the "Bel Paese".

Renewed efforts by the Institutes to preserve these sites include the call to everyone to get to know them better. Here, you can begin a virtual journey into some of the most fascinating among them, those that evoke an experience rich in life, passions, and dreams.

For the full list of UNESCO world heritage sites visit:
Source: Enit

Monday, March 2, 2015

Discounts in Italian museums, hotels and more for Dante members


Diventare socio della Società Dante Alighieri dà diritto anche a usufruire di numerose convenzioni stipulate con vari enti e aziende che hanno scelto di aderire al progetto culturale della “Dante” proponendo prezzi agevolati per chiunque presenti la tessera della Società.
Alberghi, luoghi d’arte, teatri, cinema, librerie e luoghi di ristorazione: questi i settori maggiormente coinvolti nella promozione, che continuamente si arricchisce di nuove collaborazioni, non solo in Italia.
Ecco alcuni esempi:


PER TUTTI I TESSERATI DANTE ALIGHIERI: Grazie alla convenzione stipulata con i MUSEI VATICANI di Roma sarà possibile per tutti coloro che presenteranno la tessera socio l'eccezionale facoltà di saltare la fila e di avvalersi di un biglietto a tariffa promozionale per persona di 12,00 + euro 4,00 a titolo di prevendita e prenotazione per l'ingresso agevolato. In abbinamento al biglietto di ingresso avranno il beneficio di acquistare il DVD "Arte e Fede" al prezzo simbolico di Euro 1,00.

 MAXXI museo delle arti del XXI secolo a Roma. Per tutto il 2015 tutti i tesserati Dante possono ritirare direttamente al museo in qualsiasi momento GRATUITAMENTE la card myMAXXI mini che dà diritto al biglietto ridotto (8€ invece che 11€). Il grande museo di arte contemporanea, la cui sede è la grande opera architettonica dalle forme innovative e spettacolari progettate da Zaha Hadid nel quartiere Flaminio di Roma, è in Via Guido Reni, 4A, Tel. 063201954 Sito

 BIGLIETTO RIDOTTO alle SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE a Roma. Sede di eventi artistici e culturali, le Scuderie comprendono oltre agli spazi espositivi, la caffetteria, il ristorante e la libreria. Nel cuore della città un'opera archittettonica di ineguagliabile valore e bellezza. I tesserati della Dante hanno diritto al Biglietto ridotto per tutte le mostre dell'anno. Via XXIV Maggio 16, Roma. Tel. 0639967500 Sito.

PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI è lo spazio espositivo interdisciplinare più ampio del centro di ROMA: oltre 10.000 mq comprendono aree espositie, una sala Cinema, l'Auditorium, il laboratorio dei servizi educativi, il ristorante, la libreria e la caffetteria. I tesserati della Dante hanno diritto al Biglietto ridotto per turre le varie mostre dell'anno. Via Nazionale 194, Roma. Tel.


VIAGGIA IN ITALIA CON LA TESSERA "DANTE". Se sei in Puglia esplora le GROTTE DI CASTELLANA uno dei percorsi speleoturistici tra i più grandi e belli d’Italia, in un itinerario di 3 km fino a raggiungere la Grotta Bianca. Per i tesserati Dante riduzione biglietto intero da 15€ a 12€. Assisti agli spettacoli HELL IN THE CAVE la rappresentazione dell'inferno dantesco con musica, teatro, luci all'interno della caverna della Grave. A pochi km i TRULLI di Alberobello…

Nuova convenzione con il MUSMA Museo della Scultura Contemporanea di MATERA, Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019. Il più importante museo italiano interamente dedicato alla scultura è inserito nella suggestiva cornice di Palazzo Pomarici (XVI sec.), è l'unico museo "in grotta" al mondo, dove si sperimenta una perfetta simbiosi tra le sculture e alcuni tra i più caratteristici luoghi scolpiti nei Sassi di Matera. 
Per i tesserati Dante riduzione ingresso da 5€ a 3,50€.
Via San Giacomo,


 Nuova convenzione con l'ACQUARIO DI GENOVA. L’acquario più grande d’Italia, realizzato da Renzo Piano, offre ai tesserati Dante diverse riduzioni: adulti da 24€ a 21,50€ (+famiglia max 4 persone), gruppi da 19€ a 17€. Preacquisto stock di biglietti Adulti 17€.
Porto Antico di Genova; Tel. 0102345678 

Inoltre i soci Dante potranno visitare a GENOVA i ROLLI Unesco, Musei di Strada Nuova e tutti i Museo Civici: con la tessera Dante puoi visitare i Musei di Strada Nuova (Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Tursi) 7€ invece che 9, Museo delle Culture del Mondo Castello d’Albertis 4,5€ invece che 6, Museo d’Arte orientale Chiossone 3€ invece di 5, Museo Sant’Agostino 3€ invece che 5, Museo di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” 3€ invece che 5, Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè 3€ invece che 5, Museo del Risorgimento 3€ invece che 5, Museo del Risorgimento Ligure e Museo Navale di Pegli 3€ invece che 5, Museo G. Luxoro e Raccolte Frugone di Nervi 3€ invece che 5, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Nervi 5€ invece che 6, Wolfsoniana di Nervi 4€ invece che 5.


Con la nostra tessera potrai ammirare le bellezze Unesco della città dove è sepolto il Sommo Poeta, con la riduzione sui titoli d’ingresso cumulativi (8,5 € nvece che 9,5 €) presso i monumenti diocesani di Ravenna.

Il biglietto cumulativo è valido per l’ingresso ai siti monumentali diocesani: Basilica di San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Battistero Neoniano, Museo Arcivescovile / Cappella di Sant’Andrea. 


 Prenota la tua stanza negli alberghi STARHOTELS, compagnia italiana con 20 hotels ubicati nelle principali città d’arte italiane. I tesserati Dante Alighieri potranno usufruire di tariffe convenzionate per soggiornare presso tutte la nostre strutture in Italia, e nello specifico della tariffa B.A.R. ‐5%, ossia la riduzione del 5% che viene applicata sulla miglior tariffa disponibile in un determinato giorno presso le loro strutture. (BAR= Best Available Rate= miglior tariffa disponibile).

Città: Roma, Firenze, Venezia, Trieste, Bologna, Milano, Bergamo, Genova, Napoli, Parma, Torino e Saronno

For a full list of discounts click here

Click here to join the Dante Auckland

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Special offer for Dante members and wine lovers: Italian style Pinot Gris, produced here in New Zealand!

Welcome to our newest Business Friend of Dante: use your Dante membership card and get 10% off Cracroft Chase Vineyard wines!

Cracroft Chase Vineyard in Christchurch is a destination for tourists and locals alike. At 15 minutes from the centre of the town, it’s nestled at the foot of the Port Hills, in a cul-de-sac valley that provides an ideal microclimate for growing Pinot Gris grapes.
Alessandro and Wilma Laryn immigrated from Italy in 1996, bought this lovely property, and then established the vineyard on 5 hectares (13 acres) of their land; the winery was built, and eventually after the earthquakes the Cellar Door was opened.

“We prefer to call ourselves an artisan winery, more than a boutique winery; it reflects the artisan attention with which the grapes are grown and handpicked, and how the wine is crafted”.

The summer workers and the harvest pickers are, in true Italian style, neighbours and friends. At the end of each harvest a communal picnic celebrates the season. When the work in the winery is finished, the wine is left in the tanks for at least 8 months before being bottled, and then aged in bottles for at least 3 years before release. Both vineyard and winery are certified sustainable by Sustainable New Zealand Winegrowing.

The two Pinot Gris produced at Cracroft Chase are different in style: Grey Pearl is well suited for lunch, Wood’s Edge is more for dinner. However personal taste can dictate otherwise! Both are dry, mouth filling, and have a long finish. Both have won international awards, including silver medals. They are very genuine, and will easy become a staple of your cellar or fridge!

Dante members can enjoy a 10% discount with Cracroft Chase Vineyard

Send an e-mail with your Dante membership number and your order, including delivery address and contact phone number to: 
Ph (03) 337 9339

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Ambasciata d’Italia

(Auckland, 27 marzo 2015)

Gentile connazionale,
venerdi’ 27 marzo prossimo, l’Amb. Barbarello sarà ad Auckland e con l’occasione sara’ disponibile a rilevare le impronte digitali ai fini del successivo rilascio del passaporto.
La invitiamo pertanto a registrarsi e prendere appuntamento mediante l’apposito servizio “Prenota l’appuntamento” presente sul sito web dell’Ambasciata
Data:                 venerdi’ 27 marzo
Fasce orarie:   dalle ore 12.00 alle ore 17.00.
Si prega di prendere il primo appuntamento libero online, in stretta successione.
Luogo: Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland (entrata principale, primo piano)
Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Documenti:     come indicato in calce
Si prega di voler rispettare l’orario fissato per l’appuntamento.
Eventuali altri questioni consolari potranno essere sottoposte durante il normale orario di lavoro scrivendo o telefonando in Ambasciata.
N.B. Si prega di portare con sé la seguente documentazione:
-                passaporto italiano in scadenza (massimo 6 mesi prima della scadenza) o scaduto;
-                2 foto passaporto;
-                Domanda compilata e firmata;
-                Assenso dell’altro genitore (se il richiedente ha figli minori);
-                Importo in contanti o bank cheque intestato all’Ambasciata d’Italia: NZ$ 186.00.
Parcheggi: parcheggi in strada, parcheggio gratuito di fronte e accanto
(entrata Pratt St) alla Dante

Ambasciata d’Italia

(Auckland, March 27th, 2015)

Dear Italian national,
Ambassador Barbarello will be in Auckland on Friday 27th March, 2015 and on that occasion he will be available to take fingerprints for the electronic passport. You are therefore kindly asked to register/book an appointment on the Embassy’s website (Auckland – Consular Officer on a Mission)

Date:                 Friday 27th March
Time:                from 12.00 until 5.00 pm. Please book online for the first available slot.
Place:                Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland (main entry, then upstairs)
Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Documents:     As indicated below
Please ensure your punctual attendance.
In case of queries relating to other consular matters, we would be grateful if you could submit those to the Embassy during normal working hours.

N.B.  Please bring the following documentation with you:
-                valid ID document;
-                Italian passport (if you have one) no more than 6 months before its expiry date;
-                2 passport photos;
-                Application form duly filled in and signed;
-                Consent form (if the applicant has minor children);
-                NZ 186.00 (exact amount in cash or bank cheque in the name of the Italian Embassy).

Parking: on the street, beside and opposite the Dante Alighieri