The Italian Society in Loughborough - The non for profit Society for everyone with a love of Italy
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JUNE 2018
Friday the 8th, 7pm to 9pm
The Victorians & the Reinvention of The Italian Renaissance – An illustrated talk by Emma Marigliano

It is certainly a matter of continuing debate whether the Renaissance started in Italy or Northern Europe. For the Victorians, however, there was no doubt. The Renaissance was Italian – from Giotto to Michelangelo, from Dante to Petrarch and from Florence to Rome, most definitely Italian.
This talk looks at the enormous impact that the art and culture of 14th to 16th century Italy had on the Victorians.
Until her retirement in December 2017 Emma Marigliano was the Head Librarian of The Portico Library in Manchester. Emma’s research interests are firmly embedded in art, illustration, book and library history. 
Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8BB
Cost: £2 for members and £4 for non-members (pay at the door).


JUNE 2018
Saturday the 30th, 7pm to 11pm
Summer charity event- Festa Italiana

 A charity event with an Italian taste with live music from local band SIESTA,for all the family.
Bring your own food and drinks.
Fun games to raise money for a great local Charity chosen by our members.
The chosen charity this year will be CARPENTER ARMS CHARITY (for more information visit http://carpenters-arms.org/about-us/)

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8BB
Cost: £6 for all. ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY - (please email:
committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk to book your place)

APRIL 2018
Friday the 13th, 7pm to 9pm
An Exploration of Italian Wine: A Tasting of Wines from the Veneto Region 
***WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED***

The Veneto Region produces some of the most recognisable wines from Italy including Prosecco, Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella. This informative evening of wine tasting will introduce you to some of the key wines and grapes from this area and will talk about the different regional factors and methods that are used to produce these wines. You will also be taken through the tasting process and given some tips on how to unpick and read the Italian labelling system on wine.
The evening is lead by Aidan and Sarah Reed who have a lifetime passion for wine and are qualified to WSET Level III in Wine and Viticulture.
Venue: Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Radmoor Road, LE11 3BT.
Cost: £13 for members, £15 for non members. ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY - (please email:
committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk to book your place)


MAY 2018
Friday the 11th , 7pm to 9pm
“Palladianism – An illustrated talk by Dr Michael Cefai

The 17th Century style of Andrea Palladio’s revolutionary genius of classical architecture, whose work transformed the architectural culture of the Western World. The talk will focus on the work of Andrea Palladio and its popularity in Britain during the mid 17thand early 18th Centuries.”
Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8BB
Cost: Free for members, £3 for non members

JANUARY 2018
Friday the 12th, 7pm to 9pm
Italian quiz night and AGM, in english language





It would be so lovely to see you all at our 1st event of the year, celebrating the start of a new and exciting year the Italian way, with a FREE Glass of Prosecco and a delicious buffet. After our food and drink we will have some fun with our well prepared Italian quiz and a great prize will go to the winning team. A very small amount of time will be given to our AGM, usually no more than ten minutes. Don’t miss out on this great evening, we really want you to be there! 
Venue: Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College,Radmoor Rd, Loughborough LE11 3BT
Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members, with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.

FEBRUARY 2018
Saturday the 10th, 6.45pm arrival for 7pm start
Carnevale Italiano
*** WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED ***

Join us for an entertaining evening with traditional Italian food (3 course menu), carnival games, Italian music and a best mask and costume competition.
Venue: Caravelli, The Old Manor, 11-12 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough LE11 1BT
Cost: £28 for members and £30 for non-members.  
HOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE
If you are planning to attend please see the attached menu, make your selections and email me with your menu choices:
Then, to reserve and secure your and your party places please send a payment by the 31st of January. Please contact us via email on: fantigianluca@gmail.com.

We look forward to see you at Carnevale
ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY 
SEPTEMBER 2017
Friday the 29th, 7pm to 9pm
Il commissario Montalbano. An Illustrated talk by David Lamb

The series of detective stories, based on books by Andrea Camilleri was first broadcast by the BBC in 2012. The action is centred on Vigata, a fictional town in southeast Sicily. The scenes are however, filmed mostly around Ragusa, with many shots also of Marina di Ragusa, Scicli and the Castello di Donnafugata. Montalbano's flat is by the lighthouse of Punta Secca. The titles of the episodes are confusing, eg 'The Terracotta Dog', reflecting Camilleri's love of intriguing poetic lines, but giving away nothing about the plot. There are some 30 episodes, some of which are available on DVD sets. This one hour talk by David Lamb, presents the plot of two or three episodes and a brief visual guided tour of the actual locations in Sicily. He has also planned a guided tour holiday, themed on these locations, and other sites of interest, in Sicily, organised by a respected tour company.
Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road Quorn, Leicestershire, LE12 8BB 
Cost: Free for members, £3 for non members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

OCTOBER 2017 
Friday the 27th, 7pm to 9pm
 An artist view of Calabria. An illustrated talk by Rosemary Mafrici.

This will be a talk by the artist Rosemary Mafrici. She is married to an Italian born in Calabria, Southern Italy. After years of visiting his hometown of Gizzeria, she was inspired to paint the village and eventually to give up her 15 years teaching career to paint full time. This talk will give a personal view of Calabria and what inspired her to paint. This is an insight into rural Italy from an outsider’s point of view, but with a passion for all that is Italian. Paintings and prints of both her Italian and English inspired work will be available for sale on the evening. 
Venue: Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Radmoor Rd, Loughborough LE11 3BT
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included. 


NOVEMBER 2017
Friday the 17th, 7pm-9pm 
World War One Italy on Film. An illustrated talk by Dr Joseph North.

 On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto, Dr Joseph North’s talk will use newsreels, propaganda and fiction films to explore the life of the Italian people during the First World War. The talk begins by illustrating Italian life in 1911, 50 years after the Unification. After the contentious decision to join the Allies in 1915, Italy endured three years of mountain warfare, near-defeat at Caporetto and triumph one year later. Accounts from Ernest Hemingway, Erwin Rommel and Emilio Lussu will bring the war to life.

Venue: Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Radmoor Rd, Loughborough LE11 3BT 
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members, with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.

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DECEMBER 2017 
Friday 1st, CANCELLED
Concerto di Natale
Buongiorno,
It is with regret that we have to cancel tonight event.

We are really sorry for the late notice, but unfortunately Olivia, our soprano for tonight, is not well and unable to perform.

We were really looking forward to the event and we are sorry that it will not go ahead.

We aim to plan again a concert event in the new year.
I would like to take this opportunity to tank you for your support during the current year, and we look forward to see you at our first event of the new year, on January the 12th.
We wish you all a serene and relaxing festive season with your friends and family.

Kindest Regards,
Gianluca
On behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society of Loughborough
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MAY 2017
Friday 12th, 7-9pm

“The Hidden Meanings of Renaissance Art”. An illustrated talk by Dr Michael Cefai

Renaissance art is rich not only in terms of beauty, aesthetics and technique but also in terms of the colours and the symbolism that it carries, portraying an insightful visual language, which at times is intriguing and even open to vast interpretation. This talk will take a look at the hidden meanings of Renaissance Art and the artists behind them.

Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members, with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.









APRIL 2017
***DATE CHANGE***
Thursday the 6th, 7pm-9pm

Gelato Italiano talk and taste - a demonstration by Francesco Arcadio.

Francesco and Kirsten, owners of the Italian Gelateria in Loughborough, will help us to discover how real “gelato” is made, the history and the  passion behind the popular dessert. The talk include making and tasting 2 gelato flavours, and a cappuccino / tea / non alcoholic cold drink.

Booking essential.
Please email fantigianluca@gmail.com or call 07738438680.

Venue: Dolcino, 4 Cattle Market, Loughborough LE11 3DJ
Cost: £12 for members, £14 for non members  

***FULLY BOOKED***
FEBRUARY 2017
Saturday the 25, 6.45pm arrival for 7pm start

Carnevale Italiano
Join us for an entertaining evening with traditional Italian food, carnival games, Italian music and a best mask and costume competition.

PHOTOS FROM CARNEVALE 2017


Venue: Caravelli, The Old Manor, 11-12 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough LE11 1BT
Cost: £26 for members and £29 for non-members.  


JANUARY 2017
Tuesday the 17th, 7pm to 9pm
Italian night and AGM - In english language
 
 
It would be so lovely to see you all at our 1st event of the year, celebrating the start of a new and exciting year the Italian way, with a FREE Glass of Prosecco and a delicious buffet. After our food and drink we will have some fun with our well prepared Italian quiz and a great prize will go to the winning team.  A very small amount of time will be given to our AGM, usually no more than ten minutes.   Also on the night there will be an opportunity for our members to help us decide which charity to sponsor in 2017.    Don’t miss out on this great evening, we really want you to be there!
 
Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members, with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.
Venue: The Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, LE11 3BT




NEW EVENT*** NOVEMBER 2016
Saturday the 12th, 7pm to 9pm
Le terre di Dante / Dante's land - an illustrated talk by 
Dott.ssa Raffaella Cavalieri - in english language.
The event include a glass of prosecco and canapes.

As part of the 750 anniversary of Dante's birth, join us to celebrate "il sommo poeta" by exploring the land where Dante Alighieri and found the inspiration for his work.
The event will include a glass of prosecco and canapes.
Cost: Free for members, £5 for non members
Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, LeicestershireLE12 8BB 


OCTOBER 2016
Wednesday the 12 , 7pm to 9pm
The basilica of San Clemente - An illustrated talk in english by David Lamb

 
David Lamb will transport us to the heart of Rome - down through the levels of the
ancient Church of San Clemente - all the way to the first Roman temple dedicated to the God Mithras.
 

Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members, with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.
Venue: The Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, LE11 3BT



MAY 2016
Friday, 20th May 2016, 7pm-9pm

“Giotto di Bondone - An illustrated talk by Dr Michael Cefai.

The genius who broke the spell of Byzantine conservatism; the ‘tipping point’ to an entirely new epoch of art: The Renaissance.”
Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.
APRIL 2016
Tuesday the 12th, 7pm-9pm

Gelato Italiano talk and taste - a demonstration by Francesco Arcadio.

Francesco and Kirsten, owners of the new Italian Gelateria in Loughborough, will help us to discover how real “gelato” is made, the history and thel passion behind the popular dessert. The talk include making and tasting 2 gelato flavours, and a cappuccino / tea / non alcoholic cold drink.
Booking essential.
Please email committee@danteloughborough.co.uk or call 07738438680.

Venue: Dolcino, 4 Cattle Market, Loughborough LE11 3DJ
Cost: £12 for members, £15 for non members  



MARCH 2016
Friday 4th, 7-9pm

Giuseppe Tornatore – Screening Italy’s Past and Present - An illustrated talk by Prof. William Hope.
 
Films by the Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore are well known for their opulent cinematography and their lush musical scores by Ennio Morricone; examples include Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Malena (2000), which launched Monica Bellucci’s film career. Much of Tornatore’s work has reflected on the changing face of Italian society from the post-war period onwards, and this presentation will discuss how Tornatore’s films go beyond mere nostalgia to explore a range of issues that continue to affect communities and individuals. The presentation will be accompanied by sequences from key films and by audio recordings (visual translations provided) made during an exclusive interview conducted with the director, during which he reflects on the social implications of his work.

Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.



FEBRUARY 2016
Saturday the 27, 6.45pm arrival for 7pm start

Carnevale Italiano
Join us for an entertaining evening with traditional Italian food, carnival games, Italian music and a best mask and costume competition.
The price is £23.95 for members and £26.95 for non-members.  

Livio's has an excellent reputation and we are confident of being served a wonderful three-course meal with wine included in the price.

PLEASE FIND MENU HERE

Venue: Livio’s Ristorante italiano, 31 Hall Croft, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9AN
Cost: £23.95 for members and £26.95 for non-members.  




JANUARY 2016
Friday 29th, 7-9pm

The Science of Leonardo da Vinci and the Secrets of the Vitruvian Man - An illustrated talk by Prof. Leno Mascia.
The scientific work of Leonardo will be discussed with illustrations from different areas, placing particularly emphasis on the geometric features of the Vitruvian man to demonstrate his unique ability in embedding scientific concept in art.

Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.



JANUARY 2016
Friday 15th 7 to 9pm

Quiz Night and AGM
An evening filled with quizzes and Italian games (both in Italian and English). A great opportunity to spend an evening together and celebrate Italian and English culture. 

Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: Free for all with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.



DECEMBER 2015

Friday 4th, 7.30pm arrival for 7.45pm start
Concerto di Natale
Join us to celebrate Christmas, enjoy the lovely voice of local soprano Olivia Thornber with some traditional panettone and a glass of prosecco.

Venue: St Mary’s, 97 Ashby Rd, Loughborough, LE11 3AB
Cost: £5, pay at the door (include panettone and a glass of prosecco).

NOVEMBER 2015
Friday 27th, 7-9pm
Design Threads: Stitching together the past, present and future of Design, in Italy, UK and beyond - An illustrated talk by Phd student Francesco Mazzarella.This talk will focus on the meaning of design, providing an overview of the history of Made in Italy, contemporary design for austerity and opening up cutting-edge design frontiers towards sustainability and social innovation. Beyond Italy, Francesco will share his international experiences, uniting the knots of the design landscape worldwide, to finally zoom into textile artisanship in East Midlands, through an interactive activity, rescuing local heritage.
Francesco, from Sicily (Italy) lives and works in Loughborough as PhD researcher at Loughborough Design School. He has a BSc in Industrial Design and MSc in Ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), with international study experiences (in the Netherlands, Brazil and Hungary). He has worked as graphic designer and project manager, and is a tireless volunteer to promote emergent designs. His PhD research explores how service design can strategically contribute to drive textile artisans’ communities towards a sustainable future.
Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough CollegeCost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.


OCTOBER 2015
Friday 30th , 7-9pm
 
The Universal Appeal of Neapolitan Music – an illustrated talk by Rose O’ Toole
From car and ice cream adverts to Elvis Presley, from the three tenors to film sound tracks, from pop million sellers to Jimmy Durante, the music of this city is popular the world over.
We guarantee that you will recognise at least some of the tunes.
We would very much encourage you to sing along, dance or ‘La’, so long as you feel the soul of the city.

Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Loughborough 
Cost: free for members, £3 for non members. Tea and coffee & biscuits included.

NOVEMBER 2015
Friday 13th, 7-9pm

"PUCCINI - A shabby little shocker?"
Tom Stanyard will give a talk on Puccini's life, music and his critics, presented in context with Italy's historical background. 

Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

SEPTEMBER 2015
Friday 25th, 7-9pm

Italian silent cinema -  an illustrated talk by Joseph North.
From fabulous divas and ripped musclemen to exciting newsreels and Dante films, Italian silent cinema is a thrilling yet largely unknown world. Join us for an illustrated talk as we have a look at this fascinating period in Italy's film history, and look at a selection of the leading films and directors of the period. 

Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College (Please report to Reception)
Cost: free for members, £3 for non members. Tea and coffee & biscuits included.

AUGUST 2015
Saturday 1st, 7pm-11.30pm

A charity event with an Italian taste with live music from folk band Glees (Italian and Irish folk) for all the family.
Bring your own food and drinks.
Fun games to raise money for a great local Charity.
ALL MONEY RAISED GOES TO RAINBOWS HOSPICE. 

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, Quorn





A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS GUEST AND MEMBERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT DURING THIS EVENT. HERE SOME PHOTOS FROM THE EVENING.





MAY 2015
Friday 15th, 7pm-9pm

Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680) - Architect, painter and the greatest scene designer and image-maker of his age. An illustrated talk by Dr Michael Cefai.
An illustrated talk on Bernini's sublime theatrical works of art, which give Baroque Rome its character. Bernini's works tend to supercede the limits of sculpture, they dialogue with their architectural and urban  space, and interpret the trend of the Baroque period as the fusion of all Art.
Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College (Please report to Reception)
Cost: free for members, £3 for non members. Tea and coffee & biscuits included.

APRIL 2015
Friday 24th , 7pm-9pm
 
Illustrated Introduction to Italian Olive Oils
With a glass of prosecco, Italian bread, oils and Italian antipasti
Join us on a talk to discover and taste some of the best Olive Oils from Southern Italy.
Places are limited, please book and pay in advance via email to committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk. 
Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Loughborough 
Cost: £15 for members, £18 for non members

MARCH 2015
Friday 6th, 7-9pm

Anna Franchi: A talk by Professor Sharon Wood, lecturer and author.
Anna Franchi was an early 20th century Italian writer, passionate about the feminist issues of the time, particularly female inequality in matters of divorce and faithfulness in marriage ~ and Italian politicians who ignored it! 
Should make for an interesting evening..
 
Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.


Friday 30, 7pm to 9pm
Borghese Gallery, Rome: An illustrated talk by David Lamb
Venue: Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College (Please report to Reception)

  FEBRUARY 2015

Join us to an entertaining evening with a 4 course meal, traditional carnival games (Raffle with great prizes) and Italian music.
Please book early to avoid disappointment. 
Please come with a mask or costume because there will be a prize for best mask and costume!
Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre at Loughborough College, Radmoor Road, LE11 3BT
PS: Further information about the menu can be found here (if you have got any problem opening the file please email us at committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk). 

JANUARY 2015

An evening filled with quizzes and Italian games (both in Italian and English). A great opportunity to spend an evening together and celebrate Italian and English culture. 
Cost: Free for all with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.

A film discussion: Benvenuti al Nord
With english subtitles.
Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Loughborough 

OCTOBER 2014
 
Illustrated Introduction to Italian Olive Oils
***WE ARE NOW FULL***
Places are limited, please book and pay in advance via email to committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk. 
Cost: £15 for members, £18 for non members
Photos from the Olive Oil event

SEPTEMBER
Parliamo italiano (Let's talk italian). Una serata made in Italy con Silvia, Giamba e Luca per praticare il vostro italiano. Scoprite l'offerta di classi nella zona e il vostro livello. Durante la serata ci sarà l'opportunità di parlare italiano, dal livello principiante al livello avanzato, guardare video a carattere educativo, ascoltare canzoni e fare giochi di società.
Friday the 20th, 7pm to 9pm.
 
Venue: Peter Pizzeria 43 Ashby Square, Loughborough, LE11
Friday the 15th, 7pm to 9pm

 
Monday the 13th of January (please arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start).
 
Please choose from the menu below, place your reservation via email at committee@danteloughborough.vpweb.co.uk and we will reconfirm with you your choices and your place. Booking and a deposit of £10 pp to reach us by the 15th December please.

Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Loughborough 
Colazione italiana / Italian breakfast.
 


 
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