Sunday, September 20, 2020

Dante Raffle 2020 - Win some amazing prizes!

Our annual Dante Raffle is back! We may not be able to travel to Italy this year, but we have some amazing prizes for you, to make the most of the dolce vita here in New Zealand!

1st Prize

Win a long weekend for 6 at Bombardino Chalet in Ohakune, with welcoming Italian dinner!

Our first prize this year is an Italian style experience here in wonderful New Zealand! Bombardino Chalet is a modern holiday home in Ohakune, complete with Spa, mountain views, and located within walking distance from shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Prize pack includes two nights for 6 people and welcoming Italian dinner by hosts Simona and Massimo, to be enjoyed between November 2020 e March 2021 (date to be arranged with hosts, dependant on availability, public holidays excluded). Prize pack valued at approx. $1000 +


2nd Prize

Love Italian fashion? Win a $300 voucher from Edit. and be the most stylish man in town!

Edit. specialises in luxury international clothing and footwear brands for men with care about fabrication, fit and detail. Edit. has two stores in Auckland, in Vulcan Lane, CBD, and Teed St, Newmarket, and one store in Wellington, in Hunter St, CBD.

3rd Prize

Win a beautiful Italian scarf created by Touched by Fire, value $280

Touched by Fire is a small company based in Christchurch (New Zealand) with the aim to ignite a passion for exquisite forms, fabrics, textures and colours. The scarves are conceptualised and designed by Simon Ogden in New Zealand. Once the designs are ready, they are sent to Italy. In Lake Como natural fibres are blended and woven into fabrics that hang softly and best react to natural dyes, bringing the nuances of colour and the details of the design to life. At this point, the printed material travels to Bologna. In Bologna a team of committed artisans cuts, washes and finishes each scarf by hand before the journey back to New Zealand.

4th Prize

Learn to make fresh pasta like they do it in Bologna! Win a basic pasta class for two at Pasta & Cuore in Mt Eden, valued at $220

Pasta & Cuore is an Italian Restaurant and Pastificio in the heart of Mt Eden, open from lunch through to dinner Tuesday to Saturday. They specialise in handmade fresh pasta using quality ingredients and traditional methods, and run pasta and gnocchi classes at different levels.

5th Prize

Win an elegant Giftbox containing Truffle Zest, Black truffle Oil, Black truffle sauce, and black truffle butter, by Sabatino Tartufi, value $85.

Sabatino Tartufi was founded in 1911 when Sabatino Balestra and his wife Giuseppina opened their first store in Umbria, Italy and began the distribution of specialty food products. As fate will have it, their very own lands began to fruit truffles. Overwhelmed with passion for these unique gems of the kitchen, they started to hunt for truffles and develop high quality truffle products for all of their customers to enjoy. Today, Sabatino Tartufi is the world’s largest truffle specialist and is still family owned.

To Win:

To be in to win just buy a raffle ticket from the Dante Alighieri Society, tickets will be on sale from 30 September at the Dante School in Freemans Bay, Auckland, or through our volunteers, and all day until 4pm on 8 November at the Festival Italiano in Newmarket
Tickets or prizes will not be sent by post.
Tickets: $5 for 1 or a pack of 5 tickets for $20. Tickets are numbered 0001 - 1000.

Winning tickets will be drawn from a barrel on 8 November, 4.30pm on Stage at Festival Italiano, Osborne Lane, Newmarket, Auckland. Results will be notified publicly on on 10 November 2020. In case of event of cancellation the draw will be done one week after the Festival date. The winners, if not present, will be notified by phone.

All proceedings from the sale of tickets will go to the Dante Auckland School for children.
The Dante Alighieri Italian School for Children would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors:

Friday, September 18, 2020

Cinema Italiano Festival opens in Auckland

First social distancing movie premiere, and one to remember! ⭐️ Studio Italia Cinema Italiano opening at the Bridgeway Cinema in Auckland - cool and safe meeting up with masks to enjoy the hilarious comedy An Almost Ordinary Summer - Croce e Delizia - plus there were yummy goodie bags for everyone!!!

Grazie Cinema Italiano Festival for bringing a lit Italian flair to Auckland: the Italian Festival Season in Auckland is now officially open!


Friday, September 11, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Auckland’s Italian celebrations are back!

Festival Italiano: 8 November 2020, 11am – 5pm, Newmarket — FREE ENTRY

Italian Festival Season in Auckland: 17 September – 29 November, Auckland-wide

The largest Italian Festival in New Zealand is returning in Auckland, with the highlight being the popular Festival Italiano street event in Newmarket on Sunday 8 November.

The Italian Festival Season in Auckland will open officially on 17 September with Cinema Italiano Festival, followed by a series of Italian events including the international art exhibition Illustrators for Gianni Rodari, in New Zealand for the first time. 

The season will continue until 27 November with a host of Italian-themed events in the city, plus the Week of Italian Language and the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. For an updated list of events check out our Festival Calendar.

The apex of the Italian Season will be the Festival Italiano on Sunday 8 November, in Newmarket’s Osborne St, Kent St, Rialto Centre and Lumsden Green. Italian restaurants and food stalls will set up in the streets together with a pop-up Italian bar and a market, plus more free activities inside Rialto Centre. 

Live music and entertainment, art and books for children, a special Italian products degustation area, workshops and exhibits will be happening alongside displays of Italian cars and scooters, spot prizes, and special guests. 

Sir John Kirwan, President of the Dante Alighieri Italian Society of Auckland, the main player behind the Festival, commented: 

2020 has been a challenging year, and the future is still uncertain, but at the Dante Alighieri Italian Society we want to be positive, forward looking, and offer everyone a chance to experience Italy right here in New Zealand. 

“Naturally the decision to hold a Festival came with many new challenges and with much diminished finances, so I would like to acknowledge all those volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event possible, our sponsors big and small, and the public who every year turn up, rain or shine, to celebrate with us in numbers.


This year there will be changes to the event to adhere to new Ministry of Health and Auckland Council guidelines and to keep the public safe. All updates will be published in our website and shared through our media and social channels. 

Festival Italiano is a not-for-profit event organised by the volunteers of the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland in collaboration with Newmarket., with the generous support of the Waitematā Local Board and under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Wellington. The major corporate sponsor and partner for 2020 is Rialto Centre.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Celebrated Italian art exhibition reaches Auckland: Figure per Gianni Rodari – Illustrators for Gianni Rodari


Celebrated Italian art exhibition reaches Auckland

Figure per Gianni Rodari – Illustrators for Gianni Rodari

Free entry

17 – 25 Oct 2020, 10am – 4pm daily

Newmarket Station Studio, 1 Newmarket Station Square, Auckland


A prestigious and colourful exhibition of Italian children’s book illustrators will open on 17 October in Newmarket for Artweek Auckland and the Italian Language Week in the World.


Travelling to New Zealand after launches in Bologna and San Francisco, Illustrators for Gianni Rodari (Figure per Gianni Rodari) will appeal to kids and adults alike. From a nation synonymous with art and style come these vibrant works brought together to celebrate the great children’s author Gianni Rodari on the centenary of his birth.


Rodari, who bears comparison with Margaret Mahy, was the first Italian writer to receive the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, in 1970 (Mahy also received this ‘Nobel Prize of children’s literature’, in 2006). Rodari’s work includes fairy stories, nursery rhymes, short stories and novels, as well as his famous essay The Grammar of Fantasy.


Rodari’s work has been translated and reprinted the world over and remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for numerous Italian illustrators, who down the years have put his words into pictures.


This exhibition showcases some of those artists who in the last fifty years have illustrated Rodari’s texts. From legends like Luzzati and Munari through to young contemporary artists, this exhibition gives a fascinating overview of Italian illustration excellence.


Featured artists: Bruno Munari, Emanuele Luzzati, Altan, Beatrice Alemagna, Gaia Stella, Olimpia Zagnoli, Manuel Fior, Alessandro Sanna, Valerio Vitali, Simona Mulazzani, Chiara Armellini, Anna Laura Cantone, Fulvio Testa, Maria Chiara Di Giorgio, Giulia Orecchia, Nicoletta Costa, Federico Maggioni, Francesca Ghermandi, Pia Valentinis, Vittoria Facchini, Elenia Beretta.


Organised internationally by: Fiera di Bologna, BCBF, Regione E-R, Regione E-R Cultura d’Europa, Einaudi Ragazzi, Vivere all’Italiana (MAECI).

Auckland edition curated by Nicoletta Benella and organised by Dante Alighieri Society Auckland and Festival Italiano Auckland in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in New Zealand, Oratia Books, NEWMARKET.


Part of the Artweek Auckland 2020 Programme and the Italian Festival Season in Auckland


For more information contact: Alessandra Zecchini

  Tel.: 027 393 7821

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Back to Level 3 Auckland

 Back to Level 3 Auckland - and back to Zoom for all adult language classes. Children classes and playgroup suspended until further notice. Stay safe everyone 🌷🌷🌷

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

Colazione alla Dante and talk by Bruno Ferraro about Florence during the Renaissance, 25 July

Tomorrow, 25 July, 10am, Colazione alla Dante and talk by Bruno Ferraro about Florence during the Renaissance.
With the help of images Professor Ferraro will illustrate Florence in the times of ruler and art mentorLorenzo de’ Medici, also called Laurence the Magnificent(1449-1492), exploring masters like Botticelli, BenozzoGozzoli and Michelangelo. He will also tell us about politicalplots for power in the city, like the “Pazzi Conspiracy”.
Free entry, caffè e cornetti.

Dante Auckland
Freemans Bay Community Centre 
52 Hepburn Street
Freemans Bay, Auckland

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Addio Ennio Morricone

Addio Ennio Morricone, grande musicista e compositore, autore delle colonne sonore più belle del cinema italiano e mondiale. 

Goodbye Ennio Morricone, great musician and composer, author of the most beautiful soundtracks of Italian and World Cinema.

In questo video:
1) DEBORA'S THEME (da "C'era una volta in America")
2) ROMANZO (da "Novecento")
3) THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY THEME/THE ECSTASY OF GOLD (da "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo")
4) ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST/MAN WITH THE HARMONICA (da "C'era una volta il west)
5) A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (da "Giù la testa)
6) THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (da "L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo")
7) UN AMI (da "Revolver")
8) GABRIEL'S OBOE/THE FALLS (da "Mission")
9) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (da "Per qualche dollaro in più")
10) A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS/A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS THEME (da "Per un pugno di dollari")
11) L'ARENA (da "Il mercenario")
12) MY NAME IS NOBODY (da "Il mio nome è Nessuno)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Festival Italiano 2020 is back!

Dear Festival Italiano Friends,

So far 2020 has been a difficult year, and the future is still uncertain. Yet at the Dante we want to be positive, forward looking, and contribute to the post-Covid social and economic recovery. So I am pleased to inform you that on Saturday 27 June the Dante Committee voted in favour of holding Festival Italiano in 2020, and further promoting Italian culture with an Italian Festival Season in Auckland. 

Naturally this will be more challenging than ever before, our funds are limited this year, and we had to change plans several times to be able to reach this outcome. Once again we would like to thank the Waitematā Local Board and Newmarket Business Association for their generous support. 

The proposed date for the Festival day in Newmarket is Sunday 8 November, and we invite all those interested in attending as stall holders, and those who wish to support us by becoming sponsors, to contact us asap.


Con affetto,

The Festival Italiano Team

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Newsletter di luglio

Cari amici, la newsletter di luglio è pronta, potete aprirla o scaricarla da questo link.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Business Amici della Dante: Ristorante Puglia

Amici della Dante


Ristorante Puglia

Puglia, in Latin ‘Apulia’, is a beautiful Southern region of Italy and the place where owner Cosimo comes from.
Inspired by the traditions of his homeland, he brings the passion and simplicity of Italian cuisine.
All dishes at Puglia are made with fresh and high quality ingredients in order to give our customers an authentic and genuine Italian food experience.
The lovely pasta is made from scratch in our kitchen every day: orecchiette, gnocchi, tagliatelle and more.
You will also find a wide range of fine Italian wines that elevates every dish. See more HERE

Dante Auckland members will get a 10% discount, just show your Dante Card (with the 2020 stamp).

Pasta Workshop at Puglia - Learn to make your own pasta! 

Spend the morning with Cosimo learning how to make authentic fresh Italian pasta and in different cuts.

You will learn:
  • How to make your own real fresh pasta following ancient Italian tradition using flour and eggs and learn some tricks for your own kitchen
  • How to use pasta machine to roll your pasta
  • How to make the different cuts of pasta - roll and cut pasta such as tagliatelle, tagliolini and then experiment with other different cuts such as spaghetti, fettuccine, farfalle, maltagliati.
Enjoy a complimentary morning tea on arrival with Italian espresso, tea and homemade cookies and a little refreshment during the class with a glass of Prosecco and homemade focacciaYou will take home all the pasta made during the class and receive a gift pack including recipe of “How to make fresh pasta step by step. Find out more HERE


509 New North Road

Auckland 1021

Ph.: 09 5582631

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Colazione della Dante Auckland

Welcome back to our monthly colazione! Finally we can meet again, so join us this Saturday, 27 June, in the Dante Rooms in Freemans Bay Community Centre, 10am -12pm. A presto!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Due giorni di attività, giochi arte, cucina e tanto divertimento!

Join us for another amazing school holiday program on the 13th and 14th of July from 9.30-1.30pm. Two days of activities, art, cooking, games and lots of fun!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A message from Italian Ambassador in Wellington Fabrizio Marcelli - Italian National Day 2020 - and a beautiful version of the Italian National Anthem

From the YouTube Channel of the Embassy of Italy in New Zealand

For the first time there will be no celebrations of the national day because of social distancing norms and the grief for the high number of victims related to covid-19. In Wellington the annual reception has been cancelled. Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli sends out a message of hope and courage for the future of our country. Non dimentichiamoci del nostro meraviglioso Paese nel giorno della sua festa. United we will succeed. Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli

On the Italian National Day, the Italian Embassy in Wellington asked the Black Spider Stomp Trio to perform a jazz arrangement of the Italian national Anthem. Black Spider Trio is a Gypsy Jazz ensemble born in the heart of Wellington. The talents of these three virtuoso musicians combine to create a highly polished original repertoire featuring blazingly swift swing, deep sultry ballads, old-world waltzes and foot-stomping shuffles. They played packed shows to the Whanganui Jazz club, Taranaki Jazz club, Auckland's Creative Jazz Club as well as many shows around Wellington including well received gigs at Hashigo Zake, The Lido, San Francisco Bathhouse, Meow, Rogue and Vagabond and most recently a sold out show for the 2018 Wellington Jazz fest at The Third Eye. James Quick and Sam Thurston on twin acoustic guitars. Scott Maynard on double bass. Video by John Lake. Audio by Vanja Vitali.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

10 day challenge, travel photos of Italy - Day 10 NAPOLI

NAPOLI: Mount Vesuvio seen from Castel dell'Ovo, photo by Dante Auckland's member Angela Moon-Jones 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Saturday, May 23, 2020

10 day challenge, travel photos of Italy - Day 6 MANAROLA - CINQUE TERRE

Le Cinque Terre, photo by Dante Auckland's member Steve Haywood, who adds: "The Cinque Terre were fantastic and Manarola was spectacular".

Monday, May 4, 2020

A home away from home for Italians in New Zealand


Dear Dante members and friends,

Please find below a message from the Italian Embassy in Wellington, if you would like to get involved (it could be a chance to practice Italian at home) please follow the instructions below, and if you have any questions please contact
Grazie a tutti! ❤️

🇮🇹🇳🇿A call for solidarity!

In light of the number of Italian citizens stranded throughout New Zealand during the Covid-19 emergency, the Italian Embassy in Wellington decided to launch the 'A Home away from Home' initiative. 🏠
As you know level 3 alert enables people to wide a bit their bubbles. This Embassy thought to seize on the momentum and give some assistance to those who, due to the lack of available flights during the last month, have been enable to go back to their homes in Italy.
👉Are you willing to help and provide others a safe place to stay free of charge for a while?
If the answer is yes:
ℹ️Just fill the Host form you can find at this link
ℹ️Wait for for a potential guest to contact you
ℹ️Please decide if you are willing to accept that potential guest. In case you are, you can sign the host/guest agreement.
Fon any requests you can write to
We can send you more details if you wish to know how the initiative works.
Thank you!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

A virtual museum dedicated to Raffaello

From 30 April you can visit a wonderful virtual museum created by SkyLab Studios and admire the paintings of Raffaello. The tour is in Italian and can be accessed anytime by clicking here: 

Some of the paintings will come live and speak to you about themselves, and also have a kids' friendly version (easier to understand and made to look like a cartoon.