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