Thursday, September 22, 2016

Photos of our Italian Baroque Chamber Music Concert and Venetian Aperitivo

 Italian Baroque Concert
with Il Raccolto New Zealand

Wolfgang Kraemer, recorder – Milena Parobczy, violin – Jessica Alloway, violin
Sophie Buxton, viola – Edith Salzmann, cello – Jonathan Le Coq, baroque guitar and archlute
Music by Vivald, Tromboncino, Sarri, Marini

After concert Venetian party

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Italian Baroque Chamber Music Concert and Venetian Aperitivo

The first concert of the Italian Festival Season in Auckland is an Italian Baroque Concert, so please join us tomorrow afternoon for a taste of Italian culture.

 Italian Baroque Concert
with Il Raccolto New Zealand

Wolfgang Kraemer, recorder – Milena Parobczy, violin – Jessica Alloway, violin
Sophie Buxton, viola – Edith Salzmann, cello – Jonathan Le Coq, baroque guitar and archlute
Music by Vivald, Tromboncino, Sarri, Marini

Followed by Venetian Aperitivo 

Dilworth Senior College Chapel
2 Erin St, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 18 September, 3p

Door sales only, $25
Dante members $20 / students $10


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Festival Italiano Opening Party at NSP

We celebrated in style the opening of Festival Italiano and the Italian Festival Season in Auckland with a party at Non Solo Pizza! Thank you to NSP, Peroni, Aperol, Il Casaro, San Pellegrino and everyone who attended. Click here see the Party People photos from Spy Magazine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Auckland says farewell to H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Ambassador of Italy

On Monday 5th September we said goodbye to H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Ambassador of Italy, leaving his post and New Zealand to return to Rome.

The Ambassador organised an aperitif at the Northern Club, were Italians and Kiwis from Auckland mingled and had a last chance to say farewell. During his two years in New Zealand Carmelo Barbarello managed to do so much for our community and everyone present was sad to see him leave. We will also miss his warm personality and readiness to help.

For the occasion the Ambassador was also presented with a traditional Sardinia nuptial bread by the visiting delegation of Luna Nuova (you will be able to learn more about these breads during this free lecture on 21 September, and during a special exhibition at the Festival Italiano).  

The Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland wishes all the best to Carmelo Barbarello in his future postings in Rome and overseas, and we look forward to meet the new Ambassador at the Festival Italiano on 25th September.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Free University Lecture - Anthropology of Bread in the Mediterranean Universe: the Art of Making Bread in Sardinia

Meet the Sardinian delegation of Luna Nuova, for the first time in New Zealand, for a lecture in Italian and English about the traditional Sardinian nuptial breads, presented by Prof. Battista Saiu, anthropologist, University of Eastern Piedmont (Università del Piemonte Orientale).

Making ritual bread to celebrate crucial life events – birth, marriage, death—is part of Sardinia’s ancient tradition. The ritual bread’s wide variety of shapes shows both centuries-old creativity and expertise in the Sardinian craft tradition. Different bread shapes, such as crowns, baskets, flowers and leaves, express people’s feelings or the patterns of nature and of life.

21 September 2016 - 5pm
University of Auckland
Arts1 Building 206, Rooms 203,
14A Symonds Street.

Free entry

In Sardinia, ritual, ceremonial and votive breads are made in the shape of crowns, baskets, flowers, leaves, and birds for special occasions such as weddings, religious celebrations and other exceptional events. They are symbols of an ancient and new religiosity, inherited from the past through oral tradition and gestures.

The art of bread making is a precious part of Sardinian folklore and history. Simple nourishment, but with a high symbolic value, bread has been among the basic elements of the Sardinian diet since time immemorial. As well as everyday shapes, we can find elaborate and decorated shapes for every major family or community celebration. It’s possible to count several thousand different breads produced in Sardinia, differing in shape, kind of flour, and purpose: everyday, ceremonial, votive, ritual. Through these breads, thanks to the thousands of years of tradition, we hear the ancient languages of the people who have inhabited the Sardinian countryside since at least 3000 BC. Amongst them, we will see bread for the souls of the dead, different nuptial breads and the blessed bread for the Christian Easter and for Holy Communion.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, is on at MOTAT until Sunday 16 October

The award-winning exhibition, Da Vinci Machines, from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence is on at MOTAT until Sunday 16 October. Described as a designer, genius and innovator, this interactive exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to delve into the mind of the ultimate Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci, by showcasing many of his iconic inventions. Da Vinci Machines includes an impressive collection of complex machines precisely created from original da Vinci drawings in the 15th century and hand-built in Italy. Highlights include the bicycle, spring powered car and hang glider as well as many others.
Entry to Da Vinci Machines is included in the general MOTAT admission fee and the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
For more information: Phone 0800 MOTATNZ (0800 668 286) or visit

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Matteo interviews Italian writer Nicola Lagioia (Premio Strega 2015)


Nicola Lagioia, autore di romanzi, racconti e saggi, editor di nichel, la collana di letteratura italiana di Minimum Fax, e personalità molto attiva nel panorama culturale italiano, uno degli scrittori di cui, negli ultimi tempi, si è parlato (e si sta parlando) maggiormente...

1) Da Tre sistemi per sbarazzarsi di Tolstoj (senza risparmiare se stessi), pubblicato nel 2001 da Minimum Fax e vincitore del premio Lo Straniero, a La ferocia, 2015, pubblicato con Einaudi e vincitore del Premio Strega. E nel mezzo due altri romanzi Occidente per principianti, 2004, Einaudi, vincitore del premio Scanno e Riportando tutto a casa, 2009, vincitore del Premio Viareggio, senza contare le opere a più mani, i saggi e i racconti: com’è cambiata (se è cambiata) la tua maniera di raccontare storie e di rapportarsi al mondo?

Mi sembra di poter dire che, dal primo romanzo alla Ferocia, sono andato sempre più verso la costruzione di una storia. Verso romanzi, cioè, che avevano un impianto narrativo sempre più pronunciato e complesso. Credo di essermi reso conto, andando avanti, che il

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Roman soldiers in Newmarket for the Festival!

The Imperial Roman Legion LEGIO IV FERRATA will march through the streets of Newmarket and stop for photos with the public, starting at 11am in Railway St and covering Davis CresCarlton Gore RdLumsden GreenBroadwayStation SquareNuffield StRialto CentreOsborne St and Kent St.
Sunday 25 September, start at 11am, Railway St, Newmarket

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Win A trip to Italy and other fantastic prizes with the Festival Italiano Raffle

In occasion of our Festival Italiano the Dante Auckland is proud to announce the annual raffle. There are only 3000 tickets so be quick for your chance to win some fantastic prizes, including a trip to Italy!

First Prize
Win a trip to Rome or Milan (your choice) offered by the Dante Auckland
in collaboration with Moa Travel

The prize includes 1 return economy class airfare to either Rome or Milan, plus 3 nights accommodation in your chosen city. 

 Second Prize
Italian dinner for two offered by Pasta & Cuore

CENA PER DUE dal titolo L'Emilia a tavola, degustazione piatti tipici di Bologna e dintorni accompagnati dai vini regionali. Dall'antipasto al dolce (valore circa $200)
 DINNER FOR TWO: degustation of traditional dishes from Bologna, from starter to dessert, matched with wine (Value approx. $200) cooked by Stefania Ugolini, chef of Pasta & Cuore.

Third Prize
A luxurious hamper of Italian products offered by Sabato, valued $190 
Fourth Prize
A beautiful Dune tray (choose your colour!) from Italian design house Kartell, valued $142
Fifth Prize 
$100 Voucher from Shoe Connection

Tickets on sale at the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland, $5 for one or $20 for a pack of 5. Remember that there are only 3000 tickets for sale, so be quick! 
The winning tickets will be drawn on September 25th, 3:30pm, at the Festival Italiano

All money raised will go towards the Dante Auckland school for children to run our classes and holiday programmes. The school of the Dante Auckland doesn't receive any funding from Italy or New Zealand and relies entirely on its own finances, donations and the work of our volunteers. This raffle is our yearly fundraiser so thank you all for your support.