Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Donne di Terra wine tasting, 10% discount to Dante Auckland members

Stefania Ugolini invites you to a special wine event to taste six naturally produced wines from three unique winemakers from the North, Center North and South of Italy; Three winemakers, Arianna Occhipinti - Elisabetta Foradori - Elena Pantaleoni, three women who are passionate about wine, "real" wine, wine that is made using natural processes and ingredients.

These three women are at the forefront of an exciting new movement in wine making and are producing acclaimed wines of a high quality. Wines that reflect their unique territory, the grapes grown there and the hands that produce them.

Three Italian women... three women of the Earth... tre Donne di Terra.

Six wines will be matched to six dishes prepared by Pasta & Cuore's chefs Gabriele Marangoni and Stefania Ugolini.

This intimate evening is limited to 20 guests, the cost is $165 per person. Bookings are essential. Please call (09) 630 9130 or email at
( 10% discount for Dante Alighieri members  and friends of Dante Auckland)

Friday, August 16, 2019

WIN ITALY with the Dante School Raffle

1st Prize

Rome or Milan, which one would you choose? The eternal city or the Italian city of design? Yes, the Dante School raffle is back and this year’s winner will take home 2 Economy Class return tickets from New Zealand to either Rome or Milan, the choice is yours! Plus there are other wonderful Italian prizes to be won, scroll down to find out more!

2nd Prize

$500 voucher from Edit.

3rd Prize

A Pasta Class for two at Pasta & Cuore, valued at $180

4th Prize

An Italian Hamper from Sabato, valued at $150

5th Prize

A Moka, cups and coffe set from Caffè Italiano, valued at $120

To be in to win just buy a raffle ticket from the Dante Alighieri Society, tickets are on sale at the Dante School in Freemans Bay, Auckland, or through our volunteers, and all day utill 4pm on 20 October (the Festival Italiano Day) 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 – 4000. Tickets are numbered 0001 – 4000. Winning tickets will be drawn from a barrel on October 20th 2019, 4.30pm at Festival Italiano, Osborne Street, Newmarket, Auckland. Results will be notified publicly on on October 23rd 2019. In the event of cancellation this will be published on on the 23rd of October.The winner, if not present, will be notified by phone.All proceedings from the sale of tickets will go to the Dante Auckland School for children.

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The Dante Alighieri Italian School for Children would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Suono Italiano 2019: Piano Recital by Alessandro Marangoni - 6 September, Auckland

The Dante Alighieri Society in Auckland in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Wellington, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney and the CIDIM - Italian National Music Committee, present a concert by Alessandro Marangoni in a piano recital entitled Rossini & Chopin: un dialogo romantico (Rossini and Chopin: a romantic dialogue). Among the most appreciated Italian pianists, Marangoni will deal with two apparently very different composers, who instead, thanks to the perspective of the musician, appear to be very close. Through a very stimulating and unusual program, Marangoni will eclectically exhibit the unlimited ability of Rossini to produce memorable and playful melodies establishing a dialogue with Fryderich Chopin, composer par excellence of piano works of the Romantic era.

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"Rossini & Chopin: a romantic dialogue"
Piano Recital by Alessandro Marangoni
Friday, 6 September 2019 @ 6:00 pm
St. Matthew in the City, Auckland
187 Federal Street, Auckland 1010
Free event, booking essential at 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Auckland’s Italian celebrations expand in Newmarket!

Festival Italiano: 20 October 2019, 11am – 5pm, Newmarket — FREE ENTRY
Italian Festival Season in Auckland: 6 September – 27 October, Auckland-wide
The largest Italian Festival in New Zealand is back in Auckland, with the very popular Festival Italiano street event in Newmarket adding fashionable Teed St to the existing layout, which also includes Osborne St, Kent St, Rialto Centre and Lumsden Green.
The Italian Festival Season in Auckland will commence on 6 September with a variety of Italian events in the city: movies, concerts, parties and, of course, fantastic food and drink! This year's Festival Season also coincides with Italian Language Week in the World, and our New Zealand celebrations will be showcased internationally.
The apex of the month will be the big street event Festival Italianoin Newmarket on Sunday 20 October. There will be al frescolunches with leading Italian restaurants, a pop-up Italian bar and a market with over 40 stalls — along with live music and entertainment, art activities for children, tastings, workshops and exhibits, Italian cars and scooters, spot prizes and the chance to win a fantastic trip to Rome or Milan. 
Sir John Kirwan, President of the Dante Alighieri Italian Society of Auckland, the main player behind the Festival, commented: 
“Festival Italiano was incredibly popular last year, and visitors have asked us to provide more space for the exhibits and for the public. We were happy to oblige, so come down to Newmarket to have a look at our new layout — it’s free to enter!”
Auckland’s Dante Alighieri Society organises Festival Italiano in collaboration with the Newmarket Business Association, and the generous support of the Waitematā Local Board. The major corporate sponsor and partner is Peroni.
For more information contact: Alessandra Zecchini, Festival Director
 Tel.: 027 393 7821