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December 2022

Friday 2nd December 7pm-8.30pm

“St. Joseph - The Silent Witness. An Illustrated talk in English by Dr. Michael Cefai.

A brief outline of some of the early and later representations of St Joseph in Art.”

Papa Francesco declared the year 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021 for the Catholic Church as the ‘Year of St. Joseph’. The talk and its reflections will guide some of the interesting works to celebrate the Saint.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB. Free parking available.

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (tea and coffee included).

November 2022

Friday 4th November 7pm-9pm

Italian classic movie night

La Strada / The Road (1954) by Federico Fellini (Italian with English subtitles)

The movie will be introduced by Gianluca Fanti.

A Fellini masterpiece.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB. Free parking available.

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (tea and coffee included).

October 2022

Friday 28th October 7pm-8.30pm

The Clash of the Centuries. An Illustrated talk in English by Prof. Philip French.

A look at the political history of Italy in the tumultuous period covering 1900-1914. We will look at the premiership of Giovanni Giolitti at a time of industrial and political strife and social and cultural change. This would include the assassination of King Umberto I in 1900 and the general strike of 1904.

Venue:Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB. Free parking available.

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (tea and coffee included).​

September 2022

Friday 30th September 7pm-9pm

Italian movie night

Felice Lazzaro / Happy as Lazzaro (Italian with English subtitles, 2018)

The movie will be introduced by Gianluca Fanti.

Brief description:

An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

Venue: Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB. Free parking available.

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Tea and coffee included)

June 2022

Saturday 25th June 7pm-11.30pm (Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start)

Festa Italiana - A 3 course meal galore.


We are pleased to invite you to our first meal event since 2019.

We have organised a "Festa Italiana", a 3 course meal with Prosecco, all freshly prepared for you.

The event will take place on Saturday the 25th of June from 7pm until 11.30pm at Fearon Hall (Rectory Rd, Loughborough LE11 1PL).

We would like to celebrate with you being able to meet up again, and taste some amazing Italian food together.

During the evening, we will try to recreate the Italian party atmosphere , with music, games and Italian themed raffle.

The menu includes:


A glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival

Starter - Antipasti platter to include – Selection of cured meats, marinated mozzarella balls, grilled artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, slices of caciocavallo cheese, bruschetta with tomatoes, focaccia with oil & balsamic.

Main - Vegetable served with salad

Dessert - Tiramisu with gelato

Palate cleanser - Limoncello

To book your place, please send an email to , before the 15th of June 2022.

The cost of the evening is as follows:

Members £21.50

Non members £24.50.

We look forward to you joining us for another Festa Italiana!

Your Dante Alighieri Society Committee of Loughborough

Sue, Amanda, Dom, Caroline, Den, Robert, Tony and Gianluca

May 2022

Friday 27th May 7pm-9pm

Italian movie night

La finestra di fronte / Facing window (Italian with English subtitles (2004)

The movie will be introduced by Gianluca Fanti.

Brief description:

Giovanna and Filippo have been married for nine years and have two children. Giovanna, dissatisfied with her job, is an accountant in an industrial poultry shop, while Filippo is content with short-term jobs and cannot find a steady and satisfactory job. Between children and work, some visits to her friend Eminè, Giovanna unhappily spends a life that she imagined to be different. In the evening, before going to sleep, for a few moments with the light off, she smokes and examines the window of the apartment opposite, where a young and attractive stranger lives. One day Giovanna and Filippo come across an unknown man, lost in the center of Rome, without memory or documents. It will be he, with the strange memories that haunt him, to break the rigidity of Giovanna's daily life, dragged by the desire for change.

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

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Please RSVP to give an idea on numbers. Thank you)

May 2022

Friday 20th May 7pm-9pm

Degustazione di vini d' Italia / Italian wine tasting


Dante Alighieri Loughborough are pleased to invite you to this evening at Quorn Village Hall, on May 20th 2022, 7-9pm.

The evening will be organized by Kilo wines, who are based in Quorn, specializing in Italian wines from family-run wineries, which you may not come across otherwise. So we are excited to see what they have to offer. Bottles of wine will also be available to buy on the evening. In terms of discounts, we can offer a 10% discount on attendees' first order, or 15% off if ordered on the night!

The cost for the evening is £20 each for members, £25 for non-members, first come first served, as places are limited. Please indicate that you would like to be there to the president Gianluca Fanti (email below).

Obviously if you know of a non-member who wishes to come with you, he/she can join the society, membership details as below, and then pay the members price for the evening. Once your place at the wine tasting is reserved you will be contacted to to secure your booking.


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

Cost: £20 each for members, £25 for non-members (To book please email HERE)



It would be so lovely to see you all at our 1st event of the year, celebrating the start of a new year, hoping that it will be a better year for everyone.

We will follow all the government regulations in place at the time of the event, for everyone safety.

Therefore would recommend you to take a rapid flow test before attending the event.

We will have some fun with our 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 20 minutes. 

Don’t miss out on this great evening, we really want you to be there, in person, after such a long time.

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

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Please RSVP to give an idea on numbers. Thank you).


Our event programme for 2021


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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:

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


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 -

The Sorrento language school: 


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


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


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


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,

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



Playlist for full series

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


More events coming up soon.


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