Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Photos of the Festival Italiano 2016


It rained and poured, but Festival Italiano went ahead, with Italian flair and with a big turnout! Thank you all for braving the weather and coming along, Grazie Auckland!







Thursday, September 22, 2016

Photos of our Italian Baroque Chamber Music Concert and Venetian Aperitivo




 Italian Baroque Concert
with Il Raccolto New Zealand

Wolfgang Kraemer, recorder – Milena Parobczy, violin – Jessica Alloway, violin
Sophie Buxton, viola – Edith Salzmann, cello – Jonathan Le Coq, baroque guitar and archlute
Music by Vivald, Tromboncino, Sarri, Marini


After concert Venetian party



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Italian Baroque Chamber Music Concert and Venetian Aperitivo



The first concert of the Italian Festival Season in Auckland is an Italian Baroque Concert, so please join us tomorrow afternoon for a taste of Italian culture.


 Italian Baroque Concert
with Il Raccolto New Zealand

Wolfgang Kraemer, recorder – Milena Parobczy, violin – Jessica Alloway, violin
Sophie Buxton, viola – Edith Salzmann, cello – Jonathan Le Coq, baroque guitar and archlute
Music by Vivald, Tromboncino, Sarri, Marini

Followed by Venetian Aperitivo 


Dilworth Senior College Chapel
2 Erin St, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 18 September, 3p

Door sales only, $25
Dante members $20 / students $10







 



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Festival Italiano Opening Party at NSP

We celebrated in style the opening of Festival Italiano and the Italian Festival Season in Auckland with a party at Non Solo Pizza! Thank you to NSP, Peroni, Aperol, Il Casaro, San Pellegrino and everyone who attended. Click here see the Party People photos from Spy Magazine.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Auckland says farewell to H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Ambassador of Italy


On Monday 5th September we said goodbye to H.E. Carmelo Barbarello, Ambassador of Italy, leaving his post and New Zealand to return to Rome.

The Ambassador organised an aperitif at the Northern Club, were Italians and Kiwis from Auckland mingled and had a last chance to say farewell. During his two years in New Zealand Carmelo Barbarello managed to do so much for our community and everyone present was sad to see him leave. We will also miss his warm personality and readiness to help.


For the occasion the Ambassador was also presented with a traditional Sardinia nuptial bread by the visiting delegation of Luna Nuova (you will be able to learn more about these breads during this free lecture on 21 September, and during a special exhibition at the Festival Italiano).  


The Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland wishes all the best to Carmelo Barbarello in his future postings in Rome and overseas, and we look forward to meet the new Ambassador at the Festival Italiano on 25th September.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Free University Lecture - Anthropology of Bread in the Mediterranean Universe: the Art of Making Bread in Sardinia

Meet the Sardinian delegation of Luna Nuova, for the first time in New Zealand, for a lecture in Italian and English about the traditional Sardinian nuptial breads, presented by Prof. Battista Saiu, anthropologist, University of Eastern Piedmont (Università del Piemonte Orientale).



Making ritual bread to celebrate crucial life events – birth, marriage, death—is part of Sardinia’s ancient tradition. The ritual bread’s wide variety of shapes shows both centuries-old creativity and expertise in the Sardinian craft tradition. Different bread shapes, such as crowns, baskets, flowers and leaves, express people’s feelings or the patterns of nature and of life.


21 September 2016 - 5pm
University of Auckland
Arts1 Building 206, Rooms 203,
14A Symonds Street.
Auckland 

Free entry



In Sardinia, ritual, ceremonial and votive breads are made in the shape of crowns, baskets, flowers, leaves, and birds for special occasions such as weddings, religious celebrations and other exceptional events. They are symbols of an ancient and new religiosity, inherited from the past through oral tradition and gestures.

The art of bread making is a precious part of Sardinian folklore and history. Simple nourishment, but with a high symbolic value, bread has been among the basic elements of the Sardinian diet since time immemorial. As well as everyday shapes, we can find elaborate and decorated shapes for every major family or community celebration. It’s possible to count several thousand different breads produced in Sardinia, differing in shape, kind of flour, and purpose: everyday, ceremonial, votive, ritual. Through these breads, thanks to the thousands of years of tradition, we hear the ancient languages of the people who have inhabited the Sardinian countryside since at least 3000 BC. Amongst them, we will see bread for the souls of the dead, different nuptial breads and the blessed bread for the Christian Easter and for Holy Communion.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, is on at MOTAT until Sunday 16 October



The award-winning exhibition, Da Vinci Machines, from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence is on at MOTAT until Sunday 16 October. Described as a designer, genius and innovator, this interactive exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to delve into the mind of the ultimate Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci, by showcasing many of his iconic inventions. Da Vinci Machines includes an impressive collection of complex machines precisely created from original da Vinci drawings in the 15th century and hand-built in Italy. Highlights include the bicycle, spring powered car and hang glider as well as many others.
Entry to Da Vinci Machines is included in the general MOTAT admission fee and the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
For more information: Phone 0800 MOTATNZ (0800 668 286) or visit www.motat.org.nz