Sunday, July 15, 2018


Ciao a tutti,

We'd like to remind you of the traditional DANTE PLAY on Sunday 22 July at 5.30 pm at the Freeman's Bay Community Centre.
Our students will perform a single act comedy titled "Funerale all'italiana", adapted and directed by Matteo Telara.
What better way to lighten a cold Sunday afternoon?
After the play there will be drinks and refreshments for everyone and, true to our tradition, you too are welcome to bring a dish to share!

Ci vediamo all'Auditorium di Freemans Bay domenica 22 luglio alle 5.30pm.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Photos from the first Concert of the Dante Chamber Music Series 2018

From left: 
Luca Manghi, flute - Elena Abramova, violin - Greg McGarity, viola - Heleen du Plessis, cello

Thank you all for coming to our first concert in the 2018 Dante Alighieri Chamber Music SeriesThe event was well attended and the music selection included eighteenth-century Italian composers Cimarosa and Viotti, as well as Bach's G major suite for solo cello and Villa-Lobos' exciting "Jet Whistle". Here the full programme:

After the concert we enjoyed meeting the musicians and more conviviality with Italian nibbles. See you at the next concert, Sunday 19 August, with famous violinist and orchestra director Tobias Ringborg. Click here for more info.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Festa della Repubblica - Italian Republic Day 2018 in Auckland

On Saturday 2 June the Embassy of Italy in New Zealand and the Dante Alighieri Society celebrated the Italian National Day, Festa della Repubblica, with an Aperitivo at Palazzo Italia.

Thank you to our Italian Ambassador, Fabrizio Marcelli, for flying up to Auckland to celebrate with us, we truly treasure the collaboration between our Dante Society and the Embassy. A special grazie to all who attended, Italians and Kiwi friends, and to Martina Depentor and Alessandra Zecchini for planning the event.

The evening was also a very special occasion for us, as our friend Sandro Aduso was awarded the title of Maestro del LavoroRead all about it here.

Matteo, chef di Palazzo Italia, prepared some delicious food with great Italian products.

During the evening guests enjoyed delicious Italian food and drinks, courtesy of the Embassy of Italy and the Dante Alighieri Society. We also would like to acknowledge Palazzo Italia for the Prosecco, Peroni for the beer, Casamassima Italian Fare for the truffles and Ghiotti for the Italian cold meats. 
Tutto buonissimo!


Sandro Aduso bestowed the Stella al Merito del Lavoro

In occasion of the Festa della Repubblica celebrations in Auckland Sandro Aduso, President of the ComItEs, past president of the Dante Auckland, and a pillar of the Italian community in New Zealand, was awarded the title of Maestro del Lavoro. The Stella al Merito del Lavoro (Star of Merit for Labour) is bestowed by decree of the President of the Italian Republic on the recommendation of the Minister of Economic Development, and was presented to Sandro by the Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli. It is the first time in history that the The Stella al Merito del Lavoro is conferred in New Zealand.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Dante Chamber Music Series is back with five beautiful concerts

The Dante Chamber Music Series is back! Starting in June until November with five beautiful concerts, and with some top musicians from New Zealand and Overseas. 
 No booking required, just cash at the door (all takings will go to the musicians).  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Stall applications open for Festival Italiano 2018

Businesses and organisations interested in participating in the 2018 Festival Italiano edition please contact

Stall holders: Please apply only if selling great Italian food or products. Food sellers will need to have a current food licence.

We apologise in advance if due to space restrictions we cannot accept all applicants.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


📯📯 .  Announcing the date for the next edition of Festival Italiano - Auckland: 

Sunday 28 October 2018, 

and we will be open for an extra hour, from 11am until 5pm!! 
To celebrate Francesco Acri made a special pizza for us, and is giving away a $50 voucher for Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana. To enter the competition visti our FB Page Festival Italiano Auckland
Buona Fortuna!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dante Auckland Bambini: School Holiday Programme

Anche se quest'anno lo school holiday programme della Dante è stato breve, ci

siamo divertiti tanto! Giovedì 19 aprile venti tra bambini e ragazzi si
sono cimentati nella tecnica dello sgraffito con Ekarasa: i più grandi
hanno disegnato e decorato dei bellissimi vasi etruschi, mentre i più
piccoli hanno dato vita a paesaggi coloratissimi. L'occhio vuole la sua
parte, ma anche lo stomaco non scherza: per l'altra attività grandi e
piccini (anche le maestre!) hanno cucinato insieme a Chiarina degli
ottimi "Biscotti coniglietto" da mangiare a merenda. La mattinata si è
conclusa con un bel pranzetto a base di pasta, focaccia e un altro
coniglietto, stavolta di cioccolato!

Alice, Ekarasa, Chiarina, Valentina, Fiorella e Sandra