Monday, January 7, 2019

La Befana è arrivata ad Auckland

Ieri la Befana, in viaggio per l'Italia, si è fermata anche ad Auckland, in Nuova Zelanda, per portare un po' di regalini ai bambini italiani. (Scroll down for English)

Giornata soleggiata, bellissima e divertente per tutti, grandi e piccini. Grazie alla Befana per averci visitato (simpaticissima, magari un po' eccentrica) ed Alessandra Di Marco per aver coordinato l'evento. 

La Dante Auckland organizza il Picnic con la Befana ogni anno al parco Domain, e generazioni di bambini italo-kiwi stanno crescendo con questa antica tradizione italiana. 
Buona Epifania a tutti!

Befana arrived yesterday, on her broom and with a bag of presents, to meet the Italian children in Auckland. In Italian folklore Befana is an old lady, similar to a witch, who visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with candy and presents if they are good, or coal or if they are bad (here regional differences apply, so coal can be substituted with sticks, stones or dried polenta, today these are also made of sugar). Befana flies on a broom, sweeping away of the problems of the previous year. Viva la Befana!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Arriva la Befana!

Ciao a tutti! Vi aspettiamo domenica 6 gennaio alle 11:00 alla Band Rotunda al Domain per incontrare la Befana.
Portate un piccolo regalo con il nome del bimbo/a ben in evidenza, in modo che la Befana possa facilmente distribuire i regali ai bambini. Se vi fa piacere portate pure un leggero pranzo al sacco da consumare in compagnia.
L'evento sarà cancellato in caso di pioggia.

Bring the children to meet la Befana by the band rotunda at the Domain on Sunday 6 January at 11am.
Please bring a small gift for your child, clearly marked 
with their name, so that la Befana can hand out the gifts 
to the children. Bring a picnic if you like!
Cancelled if it rains. 

  • Sunday at 11 AM
    3 days from now1823°C Sunny
  • Domain Band Rotunda
    Auckland Domain, Auckland, New Zealand

  • La Befana arriva ogni anno ad Auckland grazie alla Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland,  con scopa ecologica ad emissioni zero.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Photos of the Italian Christmas Market - Mercatino di Natale

Our Dante Mercatino di Natale was a great success! We share a few images here, but to see the full album please click here.

We had 22 stalls, indoors and outdoors, and lots of visitors! Everyone sold well, plus there were prizes and tastings and a few surprises.

Babbo Natale arrived at 11am with Italian biscuits for all the children (grazie Palazzo Italia for sponsoring this!) 

Thank you to all the Dante volunteers who organised and worked at the Mercatino!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Concerto di Natale this Saturday

The Dante Aligheri Society Auckland presents the final concert of its 2018 Chamber Music Series, to be followed by Panettone and Prosecco!

A pairing of romantic works from Italy and Germany, Catalani's "Danza delle Ondine" and Reinecke's Trio op. 188 for oboe, horn and piano, as well as music by Koechlin, Jan Bach and Franco Margola.

Camille Wells, oboe
Carl Wells, horn
Luca Manghi, flute
David Kelly, piano

Tickets at the door (cash only)

$25 / $20 for D.A. Society members / $10 students

Saturday 24th November, 5pm

The Community of Saint Luke
130 Remuera Road, Auckland, New Zealand 1050

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November Newsletter online now

Click here to read our November Newsletter, full of reportages about the many events of the Festival Italiano Season in Auckland, and the Italian events for November in Auckland.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Italian Presidential honour for Dante Auckland member and Festival Italiano Director Alessandra Zecchini

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has awarded Dante Auckland member Alessandra Zecchini the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia for services to Italian culture and foreign relations. 

(Cliccare qui per l'articolo su AISE in lingua italiana)

Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli (right) awards the Cavaliere honour to Alessandra Zecchini on Sunday 28 October
The state honour — which translates as Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy — is bestowed on Italians and foreigners who have promoted relations between Italy and other countries. It also reflects on the promotion of Italian culture in the world. 

His Excellency Fabrizio Marcelli, Italian Ambassador to New Zealand, awarded the honour on Sunday at the annual Festival Italiano street festival in Newmarket, Auckland. 

Zecchini has been widely active in the Italian community. She is a long-standing committee member and former President of the Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland, and a representative on the Com.It.Es Wellington. She has taught Italian language and culture at the Dante Society for over 20 years. 

Since 2006 she has been Director of the annual Festival Italiano Auckland, which is the country’s largest Italian cultural event, and among Auckland’s busiest ethnic festivals. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Photos of Festival Italiano 2018

We have so many beautiful photos of the 2018 Festival Italiano that it would be difficult to choose what to publish! So go to our FB page and check out the album there, still being uploaded! Feel free to tag yourself and/or your business! 

If using any images please credit Festival Italiano Auckland and Photos by Gianni Flego

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Festival Italiano 2018 - Opening Party at NSP

Thank you Antonio and Admir for a wonderful Festival Italiano Opening Party at NSP!
Balmy evening, perfect location, delicious food, cool music, and to drink

Photos by Gianni Flego

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Italian Language Week celebrations: Dante's Talk at the Art Gallery

Dr Bruno Ferraro's Lecture at the Auckland Art Gallery, Saturday 20 October at 11 am was a big success. 
Bruno's talk was organised by the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland and the Auckland Art Gallery to celebrate the 18th Annual Week of the Italian Language in the World, a series of events that will culminate here in Auckland with the Festival Italiano in Newmarket, on the 28th of October.
Dr Ferraro took us on a journey from Hell to Mt. Eden following Dante’s footsteps. Famous artists and Tchaikovsky’s music illustrated Dante’s spectacular depiction of his age through Hell, a place where we found lovers, historical personages, artists, knights and Popes.
Thanks again to the Art Gallery, and to Kim O'Loughlin in particular, and also to Dr Bruno Ferraro for making this talk possible.