Dante Alighieri Society - The Society for everyone with a love of Italy

            Coming Events 2015 / 16 

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Friday 30th , 7-9pm
The Universal Appeal of Neapolitan Music – an illustrated talk by Rose O’ Toole
From car and ice cream adverts to Elvis Presley, from the three tenors to film sound tracks, from pop million sellers to Jimmy Durante, the music of this city is popular the world over.
We guarantee that you will recognise at least some of the tunes.
We would very much encourage you to sing along, dance or ‘La’, so long as you feel the soul of the city.

Venue: Radmoor Restaurant, Radmoor Centre, Loughborough College, Loughborough 
Cost: free for members, £3 for non members. Tea and coffee & biscuits included.

Friday 13th, 7-9pm

"PUCCINI - A shabby little shocker?"
Tom Stanyard will give a talk on Puccini's life, music and his critics, presented in context with Italy's historical background. 

Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

Friday 27th, 7-9pm

Design Threads: Stitching together the past, present and future of Design, in Italy, UK and beyond - An illustrated talk by Phd student Francesco Mazzarella.
This talk will focus on the meaning of design, providing an overview of the history of Made in Italy, contemporary design for austerity and opening up cutting-edge design frontiers towards sustainability and social innovation. Beyond Italy, Francesco will share his international experiences, uniting the knots of the design landscape worldwide, to finally zoom into textile artisanship in East Midlands, through an interactive activity, rescuing local heritage.

Francesco, from Sicily (Italy) lives and works in Loughborough as PhD researcher at Loughborough Design School. He has a BSc in Industrial Design and MSc in Ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), with international study experiences (in the Netherlands, Brazil and Hungary). He has worked as graphic designer and project manager, and is a tireless volunteer to promote emergent designs. His PhD research explores how service design can strategically contribute to drive textile artisans’ communities towards a sustainable future.

Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.


Friday 4th, 7.30pm arrival for 7.45pm start
Concerto di Natale
Join us to celebrate Christmas, enjoy the lovely voice of local soprano Olivia Thornber with some traditional panettone and a glass of prosecco.

Venue: St Mary’s, 97 Ashby Rd, Loughborough, LE11 3AB
Cost: £5, pay at the door (include panettone and a glass of prosecco).

Friday 15th 7 to 9pm

Quiz Night and AGM
An evening filled with quizzes and Italian games (both in Italian and English). A great opportunity to spend an evening together and celebrate Italian and English culture. 

Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: Free for all with bar available to purchase cold and hot drinks.

Friday 29th, 7-9pm

The Science of Leonardo da Vinci and the Secrets of the Vitruvian Man - An illustrated talk by Prof. Leno Mascia.
The scientific work of Leonardo will be discussed with illustrations from different areas, placing particularly emphasis on the geometric features of the Vitruvian man to demonstrate his unique ability in embedding scientific concept in art.
Venue: Radmore Centre at Loughborough College
Cost: free for members, £3 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.

Friday the 27, 6.45pm arrival for 7pm start

Carnevale Italiano
Join us for an entertaining evening with traditional Italian food, carnival games, Italian music and a best mask and costume competition.

Venue: Livio’s Ristorante italiano, 31 Hall Croft, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9AN
Cost: to be confirmed



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