Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some photos from Dante's got Talent Show and Xmas Party

Well done to all our students who performed in the Dante's got Talent at our Xmas Party! All the teachers were very impressed with your hard work, command of the language and creativity! And of course the dressing up and all the enjoyment you provided on the evening. A special thank you to Flavia for organizing the event, and to everyone who helped on the day. A total of 13 groups performed, and if you have any photos to add to this list please email them to

Photos by Giulia Depentor ©

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Learn Italian in Auckland in 2014

The new timetables for the 2014 language courses are out now!

Italian Language Courses – Term 1- 2014

For Adults' classes click here

For Children's classes click here

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dante Alighieri Chamber Music Series: Prelude to Summer

Welcome to the last Dante Alighieri Concert for the year:

Prelude to Summer

Including works by Mendelssohn, Durufle', Reynaldo Hahn, Arthur Foote and Malcolm Arnold
Luca Manghi, flute
Wen Chuan Lin, viola
David Kelly, piano

Sunday 24 November, 5pm
St Luke’s Chruch
130 Remuera Rd

Entry: $25, Dante members $20

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Watercolours in ... Italian!

The Italian Art workshop for children and teenagers with tutor Silvia Randi has started, come and join us on Friday! For more info click here

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art workshop at the Dante

Italiano e Attività Artistiche. Workshops with Silvia Randi.

For this month only we are offering Friday workshops with Silvia Randi, an Italian Architect and Teacher.
Silvia completed training in Anthroposophical Art Therapy in Florence at “Scuola di Luca” and in Stroud (UK) at “Hibernia School of Art”.
She has then gained a vast experience running artistic and art therapy courses applying her skills with both children and adults.
Silvia has also taught children with special needs in Italy and GCSE and A level students in the UK.

These Fridays workshops are created for children (ages 6 - 10) and teenagers (ages 10 – 15) and are an exciting opportunity to learn Italian trough an artistic experience.
The Class will start by reading an Italian short story or poem. Students will then paint the emotions they felt during the reading - using the wet-on-wet watercolour technique.
A very satisfying artistic experience, also suitable for beginners.

Every Friday from 8th November, 4pm to 5.15 at the Dante Rooms
Cost per lesson: $10 Dante members, $15 non-members, all materials included

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dante's Got Talent and Dante Xmas Party

Rules for the “Dante’s Got talent”
Sunday 15 December 2013
from 6pm to 8pm
Auditorium Freeman’s Bay community Centre
1.    Please enrol you or your team by the 29th of November at  with subject “Dante’s Got Talent” - giving us your details:
·      Your name or name of the team
·      Title of the performance and duration
·      Name of the components of the group

2.    Note: each performance can’t last more than 5 minutes

3.    If you need a backing track for your performance, please give us a copy of it by the 6th of December.

4.    The Italian twist: you don’t need to act/sing in Italian, however an Italian touch in your performance would be really appreciated!

5.    You will be judged by a jury immediately after your performance

6.    At the end of the evening the team with the highest score will win the contest and a fantastic prize!

7.    Your team coordinators are Sandra Fresia and Martina Depentor, please let them know if you need any support or props or backing track at

8.    For any further information please contact Flavia at
09 376 3853.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Festival Italiano Closing Night and Concert

Friday night the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland celebrated the closing of the Italian Festival in Auckland with a concert at St Luke's Church in Remuera. Thank you to all who turned up, and to talented musicians Luca Manghi, Ben Hoadley and David Kelly for a great concert.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Festival Italiano closing concert: A night at the Opera with the Donizetti Trio

We conclude the Italian Festival season in Auckland with a special concert:

A night at the Opera with the Donizetti Trio 
Music by Donizetti, Bizet, Verdi

The Donizetti Trio:
Luca Manghi. flute
Ben Hoadley, bassoon
David Kelly, piano
St Luke’s Church, 130 Renuera Road, Auckland
18 October 2013, 7pm

Tickets sold at the door $25 ($20 for Dante Members)
A light refreshment will be served after the concert.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Festa di chiusura della mostra NZ Links to Italy

Questa sera si è conclusa la mostra NZ Links to Italy Art Exhibition a Kinder House, Parnell, con un rinfresco e tanto prosecco. Grazie a tutti gli artisti, a Prof Michael Dunn e specialmente a Gary Russell e Helen Place per aver organizzato la mostra e per questa serata speciale.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NZ Links to Italy Art Exhibition and a talk by Dr. (Prof.) Michael Dunn

The NZ Links to Italy Art exhibition is on at Kinder House until 13 October, and on Saturday 12 October, at 2 pm, there will be a special talk by Prof. Michael Dunn. Scroll down to read more.

The Italy and Auckland cultural art exhibition is a celebration of the art work link between NZ and Italian artists that showcases the historical links of art between landscapes and historic events of both Italy and Auckland.
The art works of Peter McIntyre, Nerli, John Kinder, Robyn Hughes, Kay de Lautour Scott and Geoff Tune are displayed illustrating the past historical connections to the contemporary art works of today. In portraits and landscapes both Italy and Auckland are displayed.
Date: until 13 October
Venue: Kinder House Gallery, 2 Ayr Street. Parnell 1022
A talk by Dr. (Prof.) Michael Dunn will illustrate the historical links of both areas in both the styles and locations of the art works, from water and coastal landscapes to the WWII images of the New Zealand soldiers of the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force. Supporters and contributors to this exhibition are the Italy Star Association Auckland, ASB Community Trust and the Auckland Dante Society.
Date: 12 October
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Kinder House Gallery, 2 Ayr Street. Parnell 1022
Cost: FREE
Booking required: No

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Special Italian School Holiday Activity for children aged 5-12! (No previous knowledge of Italian required, come and learn with us!)

La Caccia al tesoro

Friday 11 October from 10.00am – 2.00pm
Lots of fun, games and activities with our Italian teachers!
Dante Alighieri Society
Freeman’s Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn St - Freeman’s Bay
*Lunch not provided, please bring a packed lunch*
Cost $20.00 - book a place at

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Festival Italiano, the Dante Cake Stall!

A round of applauses for the team of the Dante Cake Stall, as they raised $500 for the Italian school for children while providing colour, fun and photo opportunities for the day! Thank you also to all the parents and students who baked cakes and biscuits, and the children who decorated the boxes!

One of the cake boxes, decorated by Hanna (Dante after school programme)

Delicious sweets, biscuits and cakes!

The Cake stall team: from left Gwen, Suzanne, Alicia, Elisa and Annette

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Festival Italiano photos, 29 September 2013

Lunch at the Festival Italiano

Profumi d'Italia

Happy Italian cheese maker Massimo

From left: MC Paolo Rotondo, Italian Consular Attaché Daniela Di Napoli, Waitemata Local Board Chair Shale Chambers, Newmarket Experience CEO Ashley Church, Italian Honorary Consul Mario Magaraggia, Dante Alighieri Society Vice-president Bernadette Luciano

Buongiorno from the Dante!

Beautiful Ducati

Paolo Rotondo presenting the Dante Quiz. On the day we gave out dozen of spot prizes including movie tickets to the Italian Film Festival NZ, vouchers for Gelato from Giapo, coffee from Atlas Power Coffee and goodie bags full of Festival Italiano 2013 - Auckland goodies!

Dancers from the Santarelli School of Dance


Piadina Romagnola

The Gentleman's Ride bikers

Wood Fired Pizza

Italian supporter!

Aldo and his vegetables from Art of Produce

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena for Aceto Downunder

The Souls Chorus

Monday, September 30, 2013

More Photos of the Festival Italiano!


Face painting and photo boot with Studio 81

Street Actors

Dante Cake Stall

Italian Story Reading Workshop

Pasta workshop!