cultural events

The Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra Events Calendar for a taste of the exciting events to enjoy Italy and its culture

Upcoming Events

. 21 October 7pm (AEST) – Dante and the Teaching of Italian in Australia online webinar

• 9 December – End-of-year function with culinary competition, DMV performance 

2021 Cultural Activities

• 25 February

Presentation by Julie Docker – St Peter’s Rome: Circling the square. A suggestion for an itinerary in Rome

• 1 March, 5 – 8pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 15 March, 5 – 8pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 15 March – 7pm
Visioni Sarde – Kambri Drama Theatre

• 22 March, 5 – 8pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 25 March – 7pm
Official Launch and Celebration of Dante  – Online and in person at the Italian Cultural Centre

• 11 April
Auto Italia

• 12 April 5:30 – 7:30pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 19 April 5:30 – 7:30pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 22 April – 8pm
AGM

• 26 April 5:30 – 7:30pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 3 May 5:30 – 7:30pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 10 May 5:30 – 7:30pm
Conversazione e Cultura @ The Italian Place

• 17 May 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo

Michele Perrone (Owner, Italian Travel Bureau) will take you on a tour of the region of Lazio.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 20 May 8:00pm  – Cultural presentation by Daniela Scaccabarozzi

Floral Appeal, The Intriguing Strategies Used by Some Plants Such as Orchids to Attract Bees and Other Pollinators.

Location: 180 London Circuit, Canberra City, Level 2, Theo Notaras Multicul­tural Centre, inside the Function Room.

• 24 May 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo

Dr Joshua Brown (Convenor, Italian Studies ANU; and DASC Committee Member) will give a short presentation on the Words of a Saint: Early Roman Dialect Writing in Murals and Painting.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 27 May 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Online Webinar hosted by the Dante Alighieri Society of Sydney

‘Dante and the making of Italians in Australia’ presented by Paolo Totaro AM Foundation Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs Commission (1977-1989).

Register your attendance here: https://dantealighieri.com.au/event/dante-and-the-making-of-italians-in-australia-dantedi-in-australia-dante700-in-australia/

• 7 June 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Leo di Bernardo from Movini Wine Company will be talking about Molise/Abruzzo Wines.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 17 June 8:00pm – Cultural Presentation by Warwick Forbes

The Australian Institute of Sport/European Training Centre at Gavirate (Varese).

Location: 180 London Circuit, Canberra City, Level 2, Theo Notaras Multicul­tural Centre, inside the Function Room.

Cost: Free

• 21 June 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Giovanni Di Zillo, President of Casa d’Abruzzo, will speak about Abruzzo/Molise.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 25 June 8pm – Cultural presentation hosted by the Dante Alighieri Society of Western Australia

Dante and the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ by Professor John Kinder

Location: on Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86172450964?pwd=YUo2MUpGYmpCZ1JqYk5JUGpwL3JrQT09

• 28 June 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Luigi Catizone will present the book Storie di Italo-Australiani di Canberra.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 5 July 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Davide Capozzi, from Enoteca Sileno will talk about wines from Piemonte.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 12 July 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 19 July 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Michele Perrone, Owner, Italian Travel Bureau will take us on a tour of Piemonte.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 26 July 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia will talk about historic Italian documents held at the National Archives

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students)

• 28 July 6:30pm – Italian Film Night at the ANU

Screening of the movie “Quo Vado? (Where Am I Going?)”.

Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre, Building 130, corner Garran Road and Liversidge Street, Australian National University

More info on Eventbrite.

• 2 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Conversazione e Cultura Aperitivo 

Claudio Versi, from Inalca Food and Beverage will talk about wines from Trentino Alto Adige.

Location: The Italian Place (Providore & Bottega) 55/40 Mort St, Braddon.

Cost: $20 ($15 for Dante students).

. 5 August 8:00pm – Cultural Presentation by Gordon Bull (Former Sen Lecturer at the ANU centre for Art History and Art Theory, currently Member of the Emeritus Faculty at the ANU).

Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna, two of the great Renaissance painters.

Location: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre (2nd floor, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City).

. Cancelled due to Covid: 13 August 6:30pm – Dante Alighieri Society Dinner

Location: Agostinis Restaurant – Crema Room, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston

• Cancelled due to Covid: 25 August 6:30pm – Italian Film Night at the ANU

Screening of the movie “Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers)”.

Location: The Australian National University.

More info on Eventbrite.

• Cancelled due to Covid: Friday 20 August 5:30pm—The long journey of human missions to Mars and back to Earth.

Five amazing scientists will discuss the challenges of travelling across Space, preparing for human missions to Mars.

Location: The Shine Dome 15 Gordon Street Acton, ACT 2601

Cost: Free

. 27 August 6:30pm – Dante in Australian Literature and in Music (Adelaide)

Location: The Carrington Function Room, 262 Carrington St, Adelaide

For more information please visit the link: https://danteaustralia.org/adelaide-dante-in-australian-literature-and-in-music-27-august-2021/

9 September – Cultural Presentation by Dr Jeff Brownrigg (Former Director of Sound at Nat. Film and Sound Archive) Due to Covid this event has been postponed to next year.

Australian voices in Italy, Italian voices in Australia …. singing the connections

For more information please visit the link: https://danteaustralia.org/adelaide-dante-in-australian-literature-and-in-music-27-august-2021/

21 October – Cultural Presentation by Sulaj Ferradino (Italian architect)

A journey to Naples, world heritage site. Postponed till next year.

. Cancelled: 27 October 6:30pm – Film Night at the ANU 

Screening of the movie Poli Opposti (Opposites Attract)

LocationL Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, Building 130

More info on eventbrite

• Cancelled: 11 November – Cultural Presentation by Anna Maria Fioretti (Science Attaché)

Four years in Australia: diving into bilateral scientific cooperation.

2020 Cultural Activities

21- 23 February
DAS Canberra @National Multicultural Festival

•27 February
Presentation by Yvette Devlin – Aldo Giurgola and his Italian Roots

25 March
Dantedì a national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri. – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 (ONLINE PRESENTATION AVAILABLE)

• 1-18 October 2020
Italian Film Festival

• 29 October 2020
Annual General Meeting

2019 Cultural Activities

5 December | 6:00pm
Aperitivo Italiano

• 27 October | 11:30am – 3:00pm
Festa dei Nonni

3 October & 11 October
Italian Film Festival

8 August | 8pm
Visions of Dante – A presentation by Michael Curtotti

7 June | 6pm | Joe’s bar
Aperitivo Italiano – An event for the younger Generation

17 May | 7pm | Cultural Centre, Forrest
Learn to play briscola night

2 May
History of a destiny overturned – A presentation by Concetta Cirigliano Perna

4 April
Annual General Meeting

7 March
Everyday resistance in Tuscany – A presentation by Judith Pabian

3 March
Carnevale – An event for adults and children

15 – 17 February
DAS Canberra @National Multicultural Festival

9 February
Aperitivo Italiano – An event for the younger Generation

 

2018 Cultural Activities

29 November
End-of-year function: musical entertainment including Dante Musica Viva Choir, cooking competition, refreshments

22 November
Presentation by Frank Pangallo (Former Mayor of Queanbeyan)

23 September
Drinks at the Movies: DAS Member’s Event at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival

16 August
Aperitivo Italiano – An event for the younger Generation

 

2017 Cultural Activities

23 November
End-of-year function: musical entertainment including Dante Musica Viva choir, cooking competition, refreshments

2 November
Literature: Joseph Falsone – The Truth of Fiction: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

5 October
Italian Trivia Night

14 September
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!

20 July
Literature: Rory Steele – The amazing life of mountaineer, diplomat and prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi

22 June
Politics: David Ritchie – Europe’s future, and why should we care?

6 April
Poetry: Mark O’Connor – Shakespeare as an Italian

9 March
Arts: Gordon Bull – the early-Renaissance painter Giotto

 

2016 Cultural Activities

24 February
Sports – Clinica Mobile for motorcycle racing around the world

17 March
Art and History – Sara D’Alessandro: “Perspective. From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo: a system for reading the world”

21 April
Cinema – Gino Moliterno: the life and work of Sofia Loren

21 June
Health – Videoconference on the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute of Bologna

21 July
Fashion&Style – Anna Rita Tamponi: the language of Italian fashion

29 September
History – Michael Alder: the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

27 October
Music – Christopher Latham: a tribute to Maria Callas

24 November
End–of year function – Dante Musica Viva, cooking competition, refreshments

 

2015 Cultural Activities

5  March
Food, Art and History – Grazia Miccichè, Dept of Italian at the ANU: “The art of cooking and eating in Italy”

6  March
Society – videoconference with Italian author and journalist Pino Aprile: “Terroni? Undeserved vilification of Southern Italians”

9 April
Science – David Wilson: Galileo v the Church – who was the hero and who the villain?

18 June
Literature – Gino Moliterno (ANU’s Film Studies): celebrating Dante’s 750th birth anniversary

16 July
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?”

1 October
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”

11 October
Poetry – Reading of Italian poetry at Manning Clark House

29 October
Music – Christopher Latham: Puccini – the populist revolutionary

26 November
End-of year function – Dante Musica Viva & other entertainment; culinary competition; refreshments