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PAST EVENTS




Our event programme for 2021

OUT NOW

We are pleased to share with you our events for this coming year, until the Summer.

Due to the current restrictions we are not able to meet in person at the moment, therefore all our events will be online.

January

January - Friday the 22nd, 7pm to 8pm

Dante Alighieri Society Agm

Our annual AGM where we will update you on the Society and our events, as well as elect the board.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

January - Friday the 29th, 7pm to 8pm

The Divine Raphael. An illustrated talk in English by Dr Michael Cefai

Raphael is one of the undisputed masters of the High

Renaissance style in Italy. The range and quality of his artistic

achievements are celebrated as the pinnacle of Italian

Renaissance art together with his contemporaries, Leonardo da

Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. 2020 marked the 500 th Anniversary of Raphael’s death in 1520. This short presentation takes a look at a few of his celebrated works 

of art.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

February

February - Friday 5th, 7pm to 8pm

Italian popular film genres, An llustrated talk in English by Dr Gianluca Fantoni.

Dr Fantoni provides and overview on the WWII Italian genre films, which were for many years the backboone of the Italian film industry. Enjoy clips of melodrama, swords and sandals, sci-fi, spaghetti westerns, polizieschi and more.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

February - Friday 19th, 7pm to 8pm

Dante in musica. Concerto su pianoforte, by Giulia Olivieri.

Young pianist Giulia Olivieri, from Matera in Italy, will perform a piano concert to celebrate the "Sommo poeta" Dante Alighieri.

Meeting ID: 873 8769 4426

Passcode: 390450 )

March

March - Friday 19, 7pm to 8pm

Il V canto dell’ Inferno. A play by Carlo Porru and Paolo Cimino.

The V Canto of the Inferno is one of the most celebrated and famous of the Divine Comedy.

A fascinating play, with music, to discover Dante's masterpiece.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

March - Friday 26th, 7pm

Dante Alighieri on quest of Paradise. An Illustrated Talk in celebration of the 700-year anniversary of Dante’s death by Caroline Clarke.

The quest for Paradise is the quest for consciousness, writes Jungian analyst Helen Luke in her book Dark Wood to White Rose: Journey & Transformation in Dante’s Divine Comedy, but in order to discover the light we must first encounter the darkness. This dark night of the soul is where Dante’s Commedia famously begins. The journey that follows is universal. It will lead us to the very depths of hell, and then onward, if we survive, to the great Mountain of Purgatory, to a cleansing and purification of our souls in readiness for the great ascent to Paradise and to heaven’s bliss.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

April

April - Friday 9th, 7pm to 8pm

Musica di Sardegna e d’ Irlanda. Music Concert by Italian group Glee's

Join us for an evening of music from Sardinia and Ireland with the Italian music group Glees.

Venue: Online (Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 9258 3389

Passcode: 539045)

April - Friday 30th, 7pm to 8pm

The city of Turin: An illustrated talk in English by Dr Diana Bretherick

Dr Diana Bretherick is a writer, former criminal barrister and criminologist. She is the author of two historical thrillers set in nineteenth century Turin featuring one of the city’s most famous inhabitants, the world’s first criminologist Cesare Lombroso.

This talk examines the city of Turin, its history, culture and cuisine as well as the dark and 

turbulent past that inspired the novels.

For more information on the work of Dr Dian Bretherick, please visit the following website: http://www.dianabretherick.co.uk/home/

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

May

May - Friday 19th, 7pm to 8pm.

"Prima di The Lord of the Rings, prima di Game of Thrones: Dante e l'Inferno". An illustrated talk in Italian and English by Professor Domenico Palumbo.

Italian - Domenico Palumbo, professore di letteratura e lingua italiana presso il Sant'Anna Institute a Sorrento, Italia, ci accompagna in questa interessante presentazione del viaggio di Dante attraverso l' Inferno.

La presentazione è in lingua italiana con le note in ligua inglese. Un ottimo esercizio per praticare il vostro ascolto della lingua italiana.

English Domenico Palumbo, professor of literature and Italian language at the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, takes us on this interesting presentation of Dante's journey through Hell. The presentation is in Italian with the notes in English. An excellent exercise to practice your listening to the Italian language.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

The book: For more information on the book, please visit the following website - https://www.edilingua.it/it-it/Prodotti.aspx?ElementId=1e5eb289-253d-4ea7-953d-e9185a811f98

The Sorrento language school:https://www.santannainstitute.com/ 

June

June - Friday 11th, 7pm to 8pm

Experiential travel. An illustrated talk in English and Italian by Maura Mattana and Alessandro Picciau”.


In recent years, experiential tourism is emerging as one of the favourite formats for people to get to know a place.

So the era of touch and go travel ends, in which travel is fast and leaves no time to truly savour the atmosphere of the place.

Experiential tourism focuses on personal experience.

Tourists come into direct contact with local people, share experiences with their travel companions and take the time to get to know the beauties of the place.

It is a way of traveling that is often also referred to as conscious tourism, as it teaches to respect the environment and to observe and appreciate the present moment, without haste.


Today we want to explore the meaning of this term, its advantages and the different possibilities it offers.

Venue: Online

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83417336515?pwd=a2p6SFJHaDBMRXNuemZMaXZ4QXY2dz09


Meeting ID: 834 1733 6515

Passcode: 382107

June - Friday 18th, 7pm to 8pm

" The Bourbon King " - The story of Carlo III , the bringer of fame and fortune to 18th cent. Naples. An illustrated talk in English and Italian, by Prof. Francesca Bratley.

Of all the foreign powers that ruled over Naples, since the Normans, the

Bourbon King Carlo III was the first ruler to break centuries of hardship and misery. Rather than being a tyrant like his predecessors, Carlo fell in love with the people and their city.

He spent much of his immense fortune in creating a new kingdom that provided work and hope for its inhabitants. His 'grandes oeuvres' can still be seen today.

His arrival signalled an explosion of Music and the Arts, of Architecture and Engineering and of Social Reforms.

Venue: Online

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82451008580?pwd=c1ZYZHJnY1poOWhYc2M3b250VnpQdz09


Meeting ID: 824 5100 8580

Passcode: 327006

We hope that you have enjoyed our events so far. We will now take a break and look forward to seeing you again in September.

Thank you for your support and have a lovely Summer.

October 2021

Friday 15th October at 7pm.

La Torre Pendente di Pisa. An illustrated talk in English by Anthony Keyworth.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Loughborough and Nottingham are happy to weclome you for a presentation with slides about the history of the Tower and how British and Italian Engineers worked together to save it from collapse.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

October 2021

Saturday 30th October - 7pm unitl,11.30pm

***WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED***

Festa Italiana. An evening to celebrate Italian cusine, food and music, all together.

Let's meet again.

Join us for a 3 course italian meal with a welcome glass of prosecco and live music.Bar available to purchase your drinks.

Booking essential: £15 (details tbc)

Venue: Fearon Hall, https://fearonhall.org.uk/

October 2021 - Date TBC

The figure of St Joseph in Renaissance Art. An illustrated talk in English by Dr Michael Cefai.

Pope Francis has proclaimed this year (8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021) for Catholics the “Year of St. Joseph”. Dr Cefai will guide us through some fascinating works to celebrate the Saint.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

November 2021

Friday 12th November at 7pm

Dante in Paradise . An illustrated talk in English by Caroline Clarke.

The Glory of Him who moveth everything, penetrates all the Universe, and shines

more brightly in one part, and elsewhere less. Within the Heaven which most receives His Light

I was; and saw what he who thence descends neither knows how, nor hath the power, to tell;

for as it draweth near to its Desire, our intellect so deeply sinks therein,

that recollection cannot follow it. As much, however, of the holy Realm as in my memory

I could treasure up, shall now become the subject of my song.

Canto 1 Paradiso

Some say Dante was more than poet, that he was a mystic - that his Commedia was a Divine Revelation - that he really did glimpse paradise, like other renowned mystics of the Middle Ages.

It’s a fascinating possibility – but not all agree.

Join us as we follow him as he soars with his beloved Beatrice beyond the edge of time to heaven’s highest heights - to the final cosmic vision & blissful union with God that he describes for us on his return.

Presented by Caroline A. M. Clarke

All welcome


DANTE ALIGHIERI in QUEST of PARADISE

Playlist for full series https://youtu.be/_RA7Hecia4w

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)


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Past Events

January 2020

Fri 10th January 6.30pm-8.30pm

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 cicchetti 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: Dolcino Gelateria

4 Cattle Market, Loughborough LE11 3DJ

Cost: free for members, £8 for non-members,

(Pay at the door) with bar available to purchase

cold / hot drinks.

February 2020

Friday the 21 February 6.30pm arrival for 7pm start

Carnevale Italiano

Join us for an entertaining evening with traditional Italian food (3 course menu), carnival games, Italian live music and a best mask and costume competition.

***Places are limited*** Please book your place via email HERE

You can see the menu following this link below:

Venue: Caravelli, The Old Manor, 11-12 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough LE11 1BT

Cost: £32.50 for members and £34.50 for non-members (Booking essential) 

PHOTOS FROM THIS YEAR CARNEVALE 

October 2019

Viaggio in Sardegna - Trip to Sardinia 13-17th October 2019

25 members of the DanteLoughborough Alighieri have just returned from a fantastic trip to Dolianova (Cagliari provincia) and discovered the beauties and the people of this lovely town of the south of the island.

All thanks to Alessandro Picciau and Atobius.it.

It was the opportunity for the members of the Society to learn more about the culture of Sardinia and study the Italian language with Maura Mattana school in Cagliari, L' Accademia.

Unforgettable experience that we aim to repeat next year, as well as create a strong partnership between Leicestershire and Dolianova.

Photos of the visit

October 2019

Friday the 25th , 7pm to 9pm

Tintoretto: The ‘avant-garde superstar’ Artist of Renaissance Venice

2018-2019 marks the 500 th Anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth. Considered

the most Venetian among the celebrated painters of 16 th Century Venice,

and described, by a 16 th Century biographer, as a ‘peppercorn overwhelming

all other flavours in a dish’. His fast and loose style is so particular that he

was viewed as being radical and the subject of controversy: praised for his

power and inventiveness, yet criticised for his lack of perfection.

Tintoretto’s most influential narrative works of Christian Art were driven by

his Christian faith and reveal a sympathy for reformist trends in the

Church, emphasising the poverty and the humility of Christ and His

followers. Tintoretto’s religious paintings still convey today a deep Christian

message to all, who admire his works.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members, £3 for non members.

November 2019

Friday the 8th , 7pm to 9pm

WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED

Italian wine tasting: Wines from Piemonte. 

This informative but fun evening of wine tasting will introduce you to the wines of the Piemonte region.

There are many types of wine that are produced in the region and the aim of the evening will be to familiarise you with both the grapes and the wine making styles that are typical of the area.

The evening will include an introduction on how to taste wine in a way that helps you to understand the attributes of each one and will give you a chance to identify which wines you might want to try again!!

The evening will be led by Sarah and Aidan Reed who both hold a WSET level 3 qualification in wine and spirits.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: £12 for members, £15 for non members. PN: Bookings for the wine tasting is now CLOSED.

November 2019

Wednesday 27th Nov - 1st December - All day

Christmas Tree Festival

For the third year we are taking part in this event to support local charities and build up the Christmas spirit.

For more information visit https://www.christmastreefestivals.org/loughborough/

Venue: All Saintes Church, Steeple Row, Loughborough LE11 1EE

Cost: £2.50, children free (pay at the door)

September 2019

Friday the 27th , 6.30pm to 9pm

Italian Movie Night: "Io non ho paura" (In Italian language with English subtitles)

One of the most important Italian films of the late 20 century “Io non ho paura”(I am not scared), directed by Gabriele Salvatores , a famed Italian film director, is a classic crime mystery thriller .

The story is set during Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ a time in the 1970s riddled with terrorism and kidnapping,

And tell the story of a young boy who discovers a terrible crime committed by everyone in a small town in the south of Italy.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members, £3 for non members.

AUGURIAMO A TUTTI VOI UNA FELICE PASQUA CON LE VOSTRE FAMIGLIE E I VOSTRI AMICI

WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY EASTER WITH YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS

April 2019 

Friday 5th Apr 6pm 10pm

***We are now fully booked***

Italian Social "CHAT & CICCHETTI"

A relaxing evening chiacchierando (chatting) and tasting some typical Italian delicatessen. 

Cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in in Venice, Italy.

Venue: Dolcino, 4 Cattle Market, Loughborough, LE11 3DL

Cost: £8.50 for members, £9.50 for non members (reserve your place via email HERE)

 May 2019 

Tuesday 21st May,

6.30pm-9.30pm

Classic Italian movie season: “Two women / La ciociara” (1960) - Italian language with English subtitles

Two Women (Italian: La ciociara ., roughly translated as "The Woman from Ciociaria") is a 1960 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her young daughter from the horrors of war. The film stars Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown, Carlo Ninchi, and Andrea Checchi. The film was adapted by De Sica and Cesare Zavattini from the novel of the same name written by Alberto Moravia. The story is fictional, but based on actual events of July 1943 in Rome and rural Lazio.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members (bring a friend for free), £3 for non members.

February 2019 

Fri 1st Feb 7pm-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, (Pay at the door) with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.

February 2019 

 Fri 8th Feb 7pm-9pm

A TASTE OF SARDINIA

WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED

Art, history, literature, food, wine (local wine and cheese tasting during the evening)

An illutrated talk in English language by Alessandro Picciau and Maura Mattana.

With today’s presentation we would like to help you discover some of the less known facts of Sardinia’s art and culture. We will cover aspects of Roman architecture and Gothic-Catalan paintings. We also introduce you to the famous “Bronzetti Nuragici” and “Ciusa’s sculture”. As part of the presentation we will also have a wine tasting from the prominent wine area of Dolianova.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members, £10 for non members.

March2019 

Friday 1st Mar, 6.30pm - 10.30pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Carnevale Italiano 2019

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: £29.75 for members and £32.95 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 15th of February. Please contact us via email on: [email protected].

ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY 

We look forward to see you at Carnevale

October 2018

Friday the 19th, 7pm to 9.30pm

Classic Italian movie season: “A special Day / Una giornata particolare” (1977) - Italian language with English subtitles

In Rome, fascist supporter Emanuele (John Vernon) attends a parade commemorating Adolf Hitler's historic meeting with Italian leader Benito Mussolini, leaving his apolitical wife, Antonietta (Sophia Loren), to tend to household duties. Antonietta encounters a man, Gabriele (Marcello Mastroianni), who appears surprisingly nonplussed by the political event. Over the course of the day, the two forge a close friendship that will forever change their perceptions of life, love and politics. Initial release: 12 August 1977 (Italy) 

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members (bring a friend for free), £3 for non members.

November 2018

Friday 2nd November 7pm-9pm

 The equilateral triangle in the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci: The Vitruvian man and more! - An Illustrated talk by Leno Mascia

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: Free for members, £3 for non members

November 2018 

Friday 16th November 2018 6.30pm-8pm

 Italian wine tasting: Wines from Sicily and Sardinia.

***WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED***

This informative but fun evening of wine tasting will introduce you to the wines of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.  

There are many types of wine that are produced in the region and the aim of the evening will be to familiarise you with both the grapes and the wine making styles that are typical of the area. You will also discover how the geography of the islands impacts on the taste profiles of the wines and how wine contributes to the culture of the islands themselves.

The evening will include an introduction on how to taste wine in a way that helps you to understand the attributes of each one and will give you a chance to identify which wines you might want to try again!!

The evening will be led by Sarah and Aidan Reed who both hold a WSET level 3 qualification in wine and spirits.

Venue: Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Radmoor Road, LE11 3BT. Cost: £12 for members, £15 for non members. WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED

December 2018 

Sunday 9th December 2018 3pm-7pm

Italian Christmas Social

CHAT & CICCHETTI

Join us to celebrate Chrismas, the Italian way. A relaxing afternoon chiacchierando (chatting) and tasting some typical Italian delicatessen. 

Cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in in Venice, Italy.

Venue: Dolcino, 4 Cattle Market, Loughborough, LE11 3DL

Cost: £8.50 for members, £9.50 for non members (reserve your place via email to [email protected])

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:

[email protected] 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:

[email protected] 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: [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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.

Leaflet of the event.

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.

For more information visit: http://www.parchiletterari.com/parchi/le-terre-di-dante/index.php

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 [email protected] 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 College Cost: 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]). 

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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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