Thursday, May 6, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Term 2 classes for 2021 Italian language courses will start on 3 May. Click here for the schedule.
You can enrol be email or online, by clicking here.
If you are new you may also like to come and see us at the Open Day, on Thursday 29 April 2021, 5-7pm. It is open to all, so do bring any friends who would like to learn Italian.
Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
|Vintage Spanish movie poster|
Italian movie tonight: Bellissima is a 1951 Italian neorealist drama film directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari and Tecla Scarano. Free entry.
Today, Wednesday 21 April, 6pm
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
|Top left: Marco Sonzogni with the first prize winner of the Italian poetry competition Jean Annan|
Bottom right: Matteo Telara and Marco Sonzogni
On Friday 16 April we celebrated #Dante700 with an Italian cultural evening at the Dante Auckland with a special guest: Victoria University’s Reader Marco Sonzogni. Marco talked about the making of his latest projects, two books to celebrate Dante: Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters. On the night prizes for the Dante Italian Poetry Competition were also awarded, and Marco, the judge, commended all the students who entered (over 30) for their great works.
|A few of the winners of our Italian poetry competition receiving their awards|
The winners, in alphabetical order, were:
Andrew van der Poll
Plus a class prize for the collective poems of Barbara Martelli's absolute beginners class.
The first prize was awarded to Jean Annan, (Luca's student) for this poem:
Lo Shock Culturale
Le braccia si lanciano verso di me
In silenzio frenetico, la mente urla, “Vai!”
Pressione onnipresente, un muro di cortesia.
Di notte in pizzeria aspetto il mio turno
Aspetto, aspetto, aspetto, …
La voce dentro di me dice,
“Io sono arrivata prima di voi!”.
Affronto un gioco che non posso giocare
La voce sussurra, “Devi gridare!
Gridare! Gridare!” Ma come?
Aspetto il mio turno che non arriva mai.
Sdraiata all’ombra, pronta per la caduta
Colpita dalla gentilezza di gente premurosa
Primo, secondo, il dolce … e ancora di più
Il sole dà una sbirciatina al momento laggiù
Thank you for all for attending, and special thanks to Marco for travelling to Auckland for the event, to Matteo for the MC, to Alessandra for the organisation and catering, to Il Forno for the bread and focaccia, to Edwards Sound Systems and Flavia for the PA system, and to all our volunteers who helped on the night.
If you missed the event: Marco will be at the Auckland Writers Festival on May 16, at 2pm, free entry, click here for more details. Also click here to find out more about Marco, and his books Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Join us for an Italian cultural evening at the Dante Auckland! Our special guest, Victoria University’s Reader Marco Sonzogni, will present two new books Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters, and prizes for the Dante Poetry Competition will be awarded. A few books will be available for purchase on the evening.
Friday 16 April
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Scoprire le regioni d’Italia è ancor più divertente con questi libri di Geronimo Stilton - in italiano e inglese (Mille Meraviglie - A Thousand Wonders). Grazie Ambasciata d'Italia a Wellington e Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale!
Available now in our library these fun books (in English and Italian) accompany young (and not so young) readers into a journey throughout Italy, exploring all the regions with the ‘simpaticissimo’ mouse Geronimo Stilton!
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021
School Holiday Programme
Giochiamo in Italiano!
Tuesday 20 April
from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Laboratori artistici, cucina, musica, giochi e tanto divertimento.
Art and cooking workshops, games, music and lots of fun
For children from 5 to 12
Please secure a place by 16 April, email:
Cost $20, siblings $10
Freemans’ Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn St – Freemans’ Bay