Cultural events 2015

La Dante was proud to sponsor Cambridge University Italian Society
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-14th November: World Food Festival the opportunity to try a wide range of authentic food from around the world

-18th November: Cineforum 8.45 pm, Pavillon Room, Hughes Hall
-20th November:  Talk – Fantasmagoriana
Talk with Dr Fabio Camilletti who will speak about a book he recently edited, Fantasmagoriana
-25th November: Conversation night
-2nd December: End of term pizza night

From Fortunio’s Regole (1516) to the Present
A one-day conference on: ‘500 Years of Italian Grammar(s), Culture, and Society in Italy and Europe: From Fortunio’s Regole (1516) to the Present.
Thursday 10 December 2015, Music Room, Downing College, Cambridge
The event will celebrate the publication of the first grammar of the Italian language, Fortunio’s Regole grammaticali della volgar lingua (1516), ahead of its 500th anniversary in 2016.

A Divine Comedy
In search of love to infinity and beyond by Mike Maran -The Mumford Theatre

Written 700 years ago ‘The Divine Comedy’ sits at the pinnacle of Western civilzation, one of the most influential works of literature composed by poetry’s most powerful practitioner.  In this new adaptation Mike Maran joins Dante on a journey through Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso in search of Beatrice.

XV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo – Sotto l’Alto Patronato del Presidente della Repubblica
Vertical Readings in Dante’s Comedy
The Public Lectures are at 6 pm in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge
In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute London, La Dante in Cambridge, Department of Italian, Cambridge University, Dante Centres at Leeds and Notre Dame

Thursday 29th October, 2015 
Prof. Ted Cachey (University of Notre Dame)
Inferno XXVIII, Purgatorio XXVIII, Paradiso XXVIII
Thursday 12th November, 2015
Prof. John Took (University College London)
nferno XXIX, Purgatorio XXIX, Paradiso XXIX

25TH – 27TH SEPTEMBER 2015

Welcome Italy is the fair organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK entirely dedicated to all gourmet lovers who want to discover and explore the world of Italian food. Let yourself be enchanted by the smells and tastes of the local products, undertaking a real journey which combines quality and passion.


In partnership with the Cambridge Wine Academy…
Australia is rightly famous for its Shiraz, Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots etc. Their most widely planted varieties have one thing in common – they all originated in France and generally from climates cooler and wetter than sun burnt Oz. But things are changing. After 200 years Aussie winemakers are wising up to the idea that Italian grape varieties might actually suit their climate better. These varieties tend to thrive in warm, dry conditions and require less irrigation. When you add to this is the fact that Italian wines are now all the rage because of their versatility, food friendliness and lighter more refreshing styles, it’s no wonder you’re now likely to see Fiano, Nebbiolo, Nero d’Avola and Vermentino on an Australian wine label.

When: Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Where: 163 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BX


Sunday 10th May 2015 7.30 pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
The region’s premier chamber orchestra returns to Cambridge for a dramatic evening of Opera in Italian. Under the direction of Tim Redmond, the sublime talents of the soprano Elizabeth Karani, the mezzo Bethan Langford, the tenor Elgan Thomas, the baritone Josep-Ramon Olive and the bass Milan Siljanov will be displayed. From the delights of Handel and the master Mozart, we move to the sparkle and drama of Rossini and Donizetti, the passion of Verdi and the beauty of Mascagni’s Intermezzo. Join us for an amazing and virtuosic evening of melody enhanced by the beauty of the Italian language.


Sunday 10th May 2015 Facilitator: Ludovico Nolfi

Observing and listening to life is essential for all performers willing to create their character on the stage. Acting is a magic way to look for and look at beauty in life. During this creative workshop, the participants will be offered an opportunity to explore daily life in a different way, and they will learn how to make use of this new perspective to be true on the stage.
A physical workshop which will take you on an exciting journey across music, acting and real life by means of specific individual and group acting exercises.


2015 marks the 750th anniversary of celebrated and much loved poet Dante Alighieri and so, in partnership with Italian Department of Cambridge University, we would like to invite you along to learn about his fascinating works ‘Inferno’, ‘Purgatorio’ and ‘Paradiso’.

Programme for Lent term 2015

Thursday 29th January
Inferno XXI, Purgatorio XXI, Paradiso XXI: Prof. Corinna Salvadori Lonergan (Trinity College, Dublin)

Thursday 12th February
Inferno XXII, Purgatorio XXII, Paradiso XXII: Prof. Giuseppe Ledda (University of Bologna)

Thursday 26th February
Inferno XXIII, Purgatorio XXIII, Paradiso XXIII: Prof. Peter Hawkins (University of Yale)

Programme for Easter term 2015

Thursday 23rd April
Inferno XXIV, Purgatorio XXIV, Paradiso XXIV: Prof. Janet Soskice (University of Cambridge)

Thursday 7th May
Inferno XXV, Purgatorio XXV, Paradiso XXV: Dr George Ferzoco (University of Bristol)

Thursday 31st May
Inferno XXVI, Purgatorio XXVI, Paradiso XXVI: Dr Elena Lombardi (University of Oxford)


In partnership with e-Luminate Cambridge, join us for their new 2015 Campaign
Talented individuals from the Arts and Science field collaborate together to show you all this beautiful city in a different light..through the use of unique light installations, performances and workshops.
The Festival will run from 11th February16th February, at various locations around Cambridge.

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