The Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra Events Calendar for a taste of the exciting events to enjoy Italy and its culture
End-of-year function: musical entertainment including Dante Musica Viva choir, cooking competition, refreshments
Literature: Joseph Falsone – The Truth of Fiction: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
Italian Trivia Night
Leonardo, we hardly knew you! – The transmission of the intellectual achievements of the Arab civilisaton and those it had inherited from its Babylonian, Greek and Indian predecessors to the scholars, artisans and merchants of Europe was one of the major sources of inspiration for the Renaissance. Come along to hear David Wilson outline the development of these ideas, their transmission to Europe and the role they played in its intellectual development – with a special guest star. Leonardo of course!
17 August (cancelled)
Hark the Heart – Hark the Heart Duo (Lydia Monzo and Rosanna Stevens) will brief the audience on a musical project which will see them travel to Italy to explore and reclaim identities that have been influenced by Italian migration and the consequent diasporic assimilation. They will also perform a selection of their repertoire. Not to be missed!
Literature: Rory Steele – The amazing life of mountaineer, diplomat and prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi
Politics: David Ritchie – Europe’s future, and why should we care?
Poetry: Mark O’Connor – Shakespeare as an Italian
Arts: Gordon Bull – the early-Renaissance painter Giotto
2016 Cultural Activities
Sports – Clinica Mobile for motorcycle racing around the world
Art and History – Sara D’Alessandro: “Perspective. From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo: a system for reading the world”
Cinema – Gino Moliterno: the life and work of Sofia Loren
Health – Videoconference on the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of Bologna
Fashion&Style – Anna Rita Tamponi: the language of Italian fashion
History – Michael Alder: the rise and fall of the Roman Empire
Music – Christopher Latham: a tribute to Maria Callas
End–of year function – Dante Musica Viva, cooking competition, refreshments
2015 Cultural Activities
Food, Art and History – Grazia Miccichè, Dept of Italian at the ANU: “The art of cooking and eating in Italy”
Society – videoconference with Italian author and journalist Pino Aprile: “Terroni? Undeserved vilification of Southern Italians”
Science – David Wilson: Galileo v the Church – who was the hero and who the villain?
Literature – Gino Moliterno (ANU’s Film Studies): celebrating Dante’s 750th birth anniversary
History – Elizabeth Minchin, Centre for Classical Studies at the ANU: “The garden in the ancient Roman world: what can we learn from Pompeii and Herculaneum?”
Presentation – Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia: “The Italians in Australian Museums: how we represent the Italian diaspora through objects and their stories”
Poetry – Reading of Italian poetry at Manning Clark House
Music – Christopher Latham: Puccini – the populist revolutionary
End-of year function – Dante Musica Viva & other entertainment; culinary competition; refreshments