Thursday, May 6, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Term 2 classes for 2021 Italian language courses will start on 3 May. Click here for the schedule.
You can enrol be email or online, by clicking here.
If you are new you may also like to come and see us at the Open Day, on Thursday 29 April 2021, 5-7pm. It is open to all, so do bring any friends who would like to learn Italian.
Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
|Vintage Spanish movie poster|
Italian movie tonight: Bellissima is a 1951 Italian neorealist drama film directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari and Tecla Scarano. Free entry.
Today, Wednesday 21 April, 6pm
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
|Top left: Marco Sonzogni with the first prize winner of the Italian poetry competition Jean Annan|
Bottom right: Matteo Telara and Marco Sonzogni
On Friday 16 April we celebrated #Dante700 with an Italian cultural evening at the Dante Auckland with a special guest: Victoria University’s Reader Marco Sonzogni. Marco talked about the making of his latest projects, two books to celebrate Dante: Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters. On the night prizes for the Dante Italian Poetry Competition were also awarded, and Marco, the judge, commended all the students who entered (over 30) for their great works.
|A few of the winners of our Italian poetry competition receiving their awards|
The winners, in alphabetical order, were:
Andrew van der Poll
Plus a class prize for the collective poems of Barbara Martelli's absolute beginners class.
The first prize was awarded to Jean Annan, (Luca's student) for this poem:
Lo Shock Culturale
Le braccia si lanciano verso di me
In silenzio frenetico, la mente urla, “Vai!”
Pressione onnipresente, un muro di cortesia.
Di notte in pizzeria aspetto il mio turno
Aspetto, aspetto, aspetto, …
La voce dentro di me dice,
“Io sono arrivata prima di voi!”.
Affronto un gioco che non posso giocare
La voce sussurra, “Devi gridare!
Gridare! Gridare!” Ma come?
Aspetto il mio turno che non arriva mai.
Sdraiata all’ombra, pronta per la caduta
Colpita dalla gentilezza di gente premurosa
Primo, secondo, il dolce … e ancora di più
Il sole dà una sbirciatina al momento laggiù
Thank you for all for attending, and special thanks to Marco for travelling to Auckland for the event, to Matteo for the MC, to Alessandra for the organisation and catering, to Il Forno for the bread and focaccia, to Edwards Sound Systems and Flavia for the PA system, and to all our volunteers who helped on the night.
If you missed the event: Marco will be at the Auckland Writers Festival on May 16, at 2pm, free entry, click here for more details. Also click here to find out more about Marco, and his books Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Join us for an Italian cultural evening at the Dante Auckland! Our special guest, Victoria University’s Reader Marco Sonzogni, will present two new books Quantum of Dante and More favourable Waters, and prizes for the Dante Poetry Competition will be awarded. A few books will be available for purchase on the evening.
Friday 16 April
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Scoprire le regioni d’Italia è ancor più divertente con questi libri di Geronimo Stilton - in italiano e inglese (Mille Meraviglie - A Thousand Wonders). Grazie Ambasciata d'Italia a Wellington e Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale!
Available now in our library these fun books (in English and Italian) accompany young (and not so young) readers into a journey throughout Italy, exploring all the regions with the ‘simpaticissimo’ mouse Geronimo Stilton!
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021
School Holiday Programme
Giochiamo in Italiano!
Tuesday 20 April
from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Laboratori artistici, cucina, musica, giochi e tanto divertimento.
Art and cooking workshops, games, music and lots of fun
For children from 5 to 12
Please secure a place by 16 April, email:
Cost $20, siblings $10
Freemans’ Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn St – Freemans’ Bay
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Quest’anno, in occasione del settecentenario della morte di Dante Alighieri, l’Italia e il mondo intero celebrano il Sommo Poeta con una serie di eventi e celebrazioni quali i DanteDì (le “giornate dantesche” o, nel mondo anglosassone, i Dante Day) il 25 marzo e il 14 maggio.
Proprio in occasione del primo DanteDì, e poi, a seguire, il 16 aprile, la Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland ha organizzato due presentazioni di due volumi di grande interesse e peculiarità.
Il primo porta il titolo di More favourable Waters, ed è un’antologia di 33 poeti contemporanei neozelandesi ai quali è stato chiesto di rispondere, con una propria opera originale, al Purgatorio di Dante.
L’antologia, è stata curata dagli editor Marco Sonzogni (Victoria University) e Timothy Smith (Oxford University), con la collaborazione dell’Ambasciata italiana in Nuova Zelanda e dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney. More favourable Waters, verrà pubblicato, appunto, il 25 marzo, in occasione del DanteDì.
Marco Sonzogni è anche l’editor del secondo testo, dal titolo Quantum of Dante, pubblicato in un’edizione limitata dall’editore Beatnik (https://www.beatnikbooks.co/products/quantum-of-dante ), con illustrazioni di Ant Sang, multipremiato artista, illustratore e autore di graphic novel, le cui opere sono ampiamente pubblicate negli Stati Uniti e in Gran Bretagna, Canada, Francia, Taiwan, Australia e Nuova Zelanda Aotearoa.
Abbiamo avuto la fortuna di incontrare Marco Sonzogni ad Auckland, prima dell’uscita dei due volumi, e abbiamo colto l’opportunità per porgli alcune domande.
1) Cominciamo da te, Marco. Sul sito della Victoria University di Wellington, di cui sei Reader in Translation Studies (Professore Associato di Traduttologia), vieni definito “an award winning poet, literary translator and editor”. Per quanti non ti conoscano e vogliano avere più informazioni sul tuo conto, puoi parlarci del tuo percorso umano e professionale, e di come sei approdato in Nuova Zelanda Aotearoa?
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
This coming Saturday, during our “Colazione alla Dante”, professor Bruno Ferraro will join Matteo to talk about the most famous Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, and… The America’s Cup!
You might ask yourself: what is the connection between the great Italian poet and sailing? Come and find out with Bruno Ferraro on the 27th of March, during our Colazione.
Please note: no reference will be made to the recent Cup: after all it is 700 years since Dante has left our shores, he would be overcome by all the technology and the hype which characterised this recent event!!!
Colazione alla Dante
Saturday 27th of March from 10am to 12pm.
Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay.
Everyone is welcome!
Friday, March 19, 2021
Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the 36 edition of the America's Cup, and a huge grazie, thank you, to Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team for an exciting America's Cup which bought the Italians in New Zealand closer to home. It was a pleasure for the Dante Auckland to host members of the team to the Festival Italiano last November, and then to cheer them on as they won the Prada Cup. Our support continued through to the end, and we were delighted of the three points acquired during the finals, a record for an Italian team! Well done for coming so far, and all the best for the next Regatta!
Video: the return to the base after the last race.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
|Sir John Kirwan, President, and committee member Dr. Luca Manghi, cutting cake for morning coffee after the AGM.|
Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland - President Report
Cari amici e soci Dante Auckland,
Welcome to our 2021 AGM, and thank you all for coming today.
Last year was challenging for all, including for Dante Auckland, and more than ever I would like to acknowledge the work of our committee members who, I believe, have exceeded themselves in 2020 with the running of the society.
I would also like to thank all our members who support us every year and our students for not giving up on learning Italian over the past months during lockdown. I would like to acknowledge the great work and effort of all our teachers who were able to promptly switch to online teaching and keep the classes running. Thank you also to Valeria Santillo for managing the finances so dutifully, to Stefania Perrotta for delivering our monthly newsletter, and to Vice President Flavia Berucci for making my work as president smooth as!
We are truly blessed that life in New Zealand has been good when compared with the rest of the word, and that between lockdowns we were able to organise many events, including an important international art exhibition for Artweek Auckland and the Italian Language Week: Illustrators for Gianni Rodari – Figure per Gianni Rodari. For this I would like to acknowledge the curators Alessandra Zecchini and Nicoletta Benella, and our local sponsors: the Italian Embassy in New Zealand, Oratia Books and Newmarket Business Association, as well as the exhibition creators Fiera di Bologna, BCBF, Regione E-R, Regione E-R Cultura d’Europa, Einaudi Ragazzi, Vivere all’Italiana (MAECI).
Other events during the year included our monthly colazione, classical music concerts, lectures, school holiday programmes and movie screenings, all organised thanks to the efforts of Luca Manghi, Matteo Telara, Sandra Fresia, Fiorella Tomasi and other committee members and volunteers.
We also had another successful Italian Festival Season. The decision to hold the event was a courageous one, but it paid off and feedback from the public was outstanding; although the event was smaller than 2019, we had the happiest crowd to date, and praise from the local authorities and our guests from the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. Thank you again to our major sponsors who made the Festival possible: the Waitematā Local Board, Newmarket Business Association and Rialto Centre, and supporting sponsors like Ghella, Aperol NZ, the Italian Embassy, and many others. To be acknowledged are also the dozens of smaller but nevertheless precious sponsors, and the many volunteers and staff who worked with our Dante Team Festival Italiano was created by the Dante Auckland in 2005, and since its inception it has grown into a big production, while our Society has remained the same small community group. So, after careful and extensive consultation, the Dante committee also decided that it was best for both us and the Festival to no longer to organise the event, but to pass it on so that it can prosper and grow.
The Dante Auckland, owner of the Festival Italiano logo mark (registered with IPONZ), will offer the use of the name, logo and all in collateral to the new organiser, who will commit to continue the event in the spirit in which it was created, and to keep it free entry for the public. Naturally the Dante will promote the Festival, take part as an exhibitor, and continue to support it.
Our historic Festival partner, Newmarket Business Association, has agreed to take on Festival Italiano, and the Dante Auckland is now working towards a smooth transfer of the event. There will be no money transactions involved, since Festival Italiano is a not-for-profit community event, not a business. The terms of the transfer will be reviewed yearly by all parties involved.
We are delighted that Festival Italiano will continue to thrive, as it is such an important event for our community, for the city of Auckland, and for the promotion of Italian language, culture, and lifestyle in New Zealand.
On behalf of the committee I would like to take this opportunity now to thank Alessandra for creating such a unique event and for running it for 16 years with total dedication and love.
We finished 2020 with our yearly Mercatino di Natale, which is now a well-established event, and started the year 2021 with another successful Intensive course, led by Sandra Fresia.
Today the Dante Auckland stands with a strong committee as we welcome two new members, Kerri Fergusson and Zeyna Jalil, and we salute our departing member Jackie Shearman, who will be spending less time in Auckland this year and thus have decided to step down from committee duties after many years with us. Grazie Jackie for all your work, and for your friendship.
In summary, 2020 has been a positive year for activities and, as our treasurer Valeria will shortly confirm in the Treasurer Report, also positive financially.
With this thought the committee has deliberated to not increase the membership fees for yet another year, so that everyone can easily afford to belong to the Dante Society and enjoy a taste of Italy right here in New Zealand.
Sir John Kirwan
Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
|The prize-giving ceremony on the main stage of Auckland’s America’s Cup Village, 23 February 2021|
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
We had a beautiful school holiday programme with the children at the Dante Auckland Bambini school yesterday! Games, sport, art, pasta making, story reading and pizzette for lunch! Thank you to the Mums from the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team: Mariarosaria, Lucia, Valentina, Martina and Federica, who organised and run the workshop and made this day a truly special one for all our children!