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. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Festival Italiano Special: Food and rituals of Luna Nuova – Exhibition of the Sardinian nuptial breads and Launeddas (Sardinian flute) music

Visit the Luna Nuova Stand at the Festival Italiano to see these beautiful nuptial breads and learn about their history and meaning. A cultural delegation is coming all the way from Sardinia to present the Sardinian art of baking nuptial breads to and play the traditional flute Launeddas.

The Sardinian nuptial bread is rich of symbolism. Traditionally a bride had to demonstrate her baking knowledge, which was passed down from generation to generation. The future wife also had to prove her artistic skills in shaping and decorating the bread.

Each different shape of nuptial bread carry its own symbolism, and the heart shape is almost always present and offered to the couple to be hung on the headboard of the wedding bed.

Nuptial breads would be prepared and packed three days before the wedding by the bride to be, her girlfriends and her female relatives, surrounded of Launeddas musician and dancing.

Cibi e Rituali di Nuova Luna – Gastronomia e antropologia per la comunione tra Sardegna e Nuova Zelanda
Il pane nuziale sardo è ricco di simbologia. Innanzitutto la sposa deve dimostrare la conoscenza della panificazione. Le donne sono le uniche a poter ereditare questa sapienza. Inoltre la sposa deve dimostrare la sua abilità nella manifestazione plastica-decorativa, quindi per il suo naturale gusto estetico. Tre giorni prima del matrimonio questo pane viene preparato e confezionato dalla sposa e dalle sue amiche e parenti.
Le svariate forme del pane nuziale sono ricche di simbologia, il cuore, quasi sempre presente, viene offerto agli sposi per essere appeso a capo del letto nuziale.
Durante i tre giorni di preparazione del pane non mancano mai la musica delle launeddas e i balli.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Embassy Film Series: Il Sole Dentro

Dear members and friends,

The 2016 Italian Embassy Film Series is on again this Friday6pm at the University of Auckland (Building: Arts 1, second floor, Lecture Theatre 220).

This is a free event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Il Sole Dentro (Bright Flight) 2012, a deeply touching film directed by Paolo Bianchini which tells the tale of two stories. 1999 – Yaguine and Fode’, two Guinean teenagers write a letter to describe the situation of all the children in their country “To their Excellencies the members and leaders of Europe”. Their plan is to deliver it by hand so they hide in the cargo compartment of a plan to Brussels. 2009 – Thabo, a teenager taken from his African village for his promising football player abilities, gets thrown out on the street once he is no longer deemed up to standard. Rocco, his training team mate, finds him and together they start their journey from Europe to Africa to return to N’Dola where Thabo’s family lives.

Parking: the Owen Glenn Building, via Grafton Rd opposite Stanley St, has five storey of parking and a flat rate from 5pm; it is very handy to the University.

Vi aspettiamo!
The Dante Team

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Riunione del COMITES - Auckland - domenica 31 luglio 2016.

Cari Connazionali,

Ecco l’agenda della prossima riunione del COMITES che si terra’ ad Auckland la domenica del 31 luglio 2016.

Avremo il piacere della partecipazione straordinaria dell’On.Marco Fedi, Deputato Circoscrizione Estero - Ripartizione Africa, Asia, Oceania e Antartide, che verra’ appositamente ad Auckland per incontrarci e aggiornarci su vari argomenti d’interesse alla comunita’, quindi cercate di non mancare!

Vi sollecito nuovamente di non perdere l’occasione d’iscrivervi alla mailing list del COMITES, andando sull’apposita pagina del nostro sito che e’ .

Cari saluti dal vostro presidente e dai Comitesini!

A domenica

Sandro Aduso
Comites Wellington

Agenda della riunione del 31 luglio 2016
Aperta ai Cittadini Italiani e Neozelandesi di Origine Italiana
Con la partecipazione straordinaria dell’On. Marco Fedi
Deputato Circoscrizione Estero - Ripartizione Africa, Asia, Oceania e Antartide.

Luogo: ............Pink Room, Ferndale House, 830 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland (posti limitati)
Data e ora:     domenica 31 luglio. Riunione aperta alle 9:30 e chiusa alle 14:00 (inclusa mezz’ora per domande dal pubblico fra le 13:30 e le 14:00)


9:30 – 9:35
Benvenuto a Marco Fedi
9:35 – 10:05
Nuove pocedure di voto
10:05 – 10:15
Preventivo 2016
10:15 – 10:25
Preventivo 2017
Preventivo 2017 - Attivita’ Programmatica
10:25 – 11:00
Assicurazione Responsabilità Terzi
11:00 – 11:10
Cooptazione membri stranieri di origine italiana
11:10 – 11:20
Festival Italiano domenica 25.9.16
11:20 – 11:30


Working Holiday Visa
11:30 – 11:35
Servizi Utili
Sanita’ ed Emergenze
Commissione Immigrazione
11:35 – 11:55
Radio in lingua italiana
11:55 – 12:15
Lingua Italiana nelle Scuole  
12:15 – 12:35
Patronati in Nuova Zelanda
12:35 – 12:55
Proposta riforma Comites
12:55 – 13:20
Sicurezza Sociale
13:15 – 13:30
Varie ed eventuali

Prossimo incontro (telematico)
Domande dal pubblico
13:30 – 14:00

Monday, July 25, 2016

Be Italian for a day! Festival Italiano 25 September 2016

Be Italian for a day!         
Festival Italiano
25 September 2016, 11am – 4pm
Osborne Street, Kent Street and Rialto Centre, Newmarket, Auckland – Free entry
The largest Italian Festival in New Zealand is back – bigger and better than ever, bringing all the culture, music, food and design that Italy can offer in Aotearoa.
From 2 September to 2 October the Italian community will celebrate the Italian Festival Season in Auckland with a variety of events in the city, from classical concerts to Italian restaurant and store specials.
The apex of the Italian Festival Season will be the annual Italian community street festival in Newmarket – the Festival Italiano!
From 11 am to 4 pm on 25 September, Osborne Street and Kent Street in Newmarket will become pedestrian only, hosting al fresco dining with Auckland’s best Italian restaurants, plus an Italian market with over 30 stalls, live music and entertainment, activities for children, delicious tastings, workshops, Ferrari cars, spot prizes and the chance to win a trip to Italy.
Sir John Kirwan, President of the Dante Alighieri Italian Society of Auckland, the main player behind the Festival, commented: “Festival Italiano reminds me of festivals held all over Italy. It brings out a very Italian gioia di vivere (joy of life) in everyone, and makes us feel that we can all be Italian for a day!”
The Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland organises Festival Italiano in collaboration with the Newmarket Business Association, and the generous support of the Waitematā Local Board. The major corporate sponsor and partner is Peroni.
In June 2016 Festival Italiano was awarded the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Wellington in recognition of the cultural, social and economic value of the event for the Italian community and the City of Auckland. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dante's Library is open during the holidays!

Vi ricordiamo che durante le vacanze la biblioteca della Dante è aperta e Matteo è disponibile a incontrare gli studenti per consigli sui libri e sulle letture ogni giovedì tra le 11am e le 12am.
Buona lettura!

We remind you that during the holidays the Dante's Library is open. Matteo is available to meet students and members and give suggestions about books every Thursday between 11am and 12am.
Enjoy your reading!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Our July newsletter is out now full of news and activities. You can find news from our latest events such as "Il Mercatino del Libro" and the "Italian Quiz Night" and info about our next events, most importantly the Dante Alighieri Chamber Music Series starting tomorrow! Please click here to read or download. Buona lettura!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Festival Italiano awarded the Patronage of the Italian Embassy

On 14 June 2016 Festival Italiano was awarded the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Wellington in recognition to the cultural, social and economic value of the event for the Italian community and the City of Auckland. The Dante Alighieri Society is honoured to receive this recognition and thanks Ambassador Carmelo Barbarello for his ongoing support to our Festival and community. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016


We are close to the start of the Dante Alighieri Chamber Music Series. 
First date: 
Saturday 2 July, 7pm at Dilworth Senior College Chapel. 
Luca Manghi, flute - Wen Chuan Lin, viola - Paul Mitchell, cello
Music by Devienne, Hugot, Roussell
Vi aspettiamo!! 🎼🎻🎷🎺🎸🇮🇹 ‪
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