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Our event programme for 2021

We are pleased to share with you our events for this coming year, until the Summer.
Due to the current restrictions we are not able to meet in person at the moment, therefore all our events will be online.


January - Friday the 22nd, 7pm to 8pm
Dante Alighieri Society Agm

Our annual AGM where we will update you on the Society and our events, as well as elect the board.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

January - Friday the 29th, 7pm to 8pm
The Divine Raphael. An illustrated talk in English by Dr Michael Cefai

Raphael is one of the undisputed masters of the High
Renaissance style in Italy. The range and quality of his artistic
achievements are celebrated as the pinnacle of Italian
Renaissance art together with his contemporaries, Leonardo da
Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti. 2020 marked the 500 th
Anniversary of Raphael’s death in 1520. This short presentation
takes a look at a few of his celebrated works of art.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)


February - Friday 5th, 7pm to 8pm
Italian popular film genres, An llustrated talk in English by Dr Gianluca Fantoni.

Dr Fantoni provides and overview on the WWII Italian genre films, which were for many years the backboone of the Italian film industry. Enjoy clips of melodrama, swords and sandals, sci-fi, spaghetti westerns, polizieschi and more.

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

February - Friday 19th, 7pm to 8pm
Dante in musica. Concerto su pianoforte, by Giulia Olivieri.

Young pianist Giulia Olivieri, from Matera in Italy, will perform a piano concert to celebrate the "Sommo poeta" Dante Alighieri.

Meeting ID: 873 8769 4426
Passcode: 390450  )


March - Friday 19, 7pm to 8pm
Il V canto dell’ Inferno. A play by Carlo Porru and Paolo Cimino.

The V Canto of the Inferno is one of the most celebrated and famous of the Divine Comedy.
A fascinating play, with music, to discover Dante's masterpiece.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

March - Friday 26th, 7pm
Dante Alighieri on quest of Paradise. An Illustrated Talk in celebration of the 700-year anniversary of Dante’s death by Caroline Clarke.

The quest for Paradise is the quest for consciousness, writes Jungian analyst Helen Luke in her book Dark Wood to White Rose: Journey & Transformation in Dante’s Divine Comedy, but in order to discover the light we must first encounter the darkness. This dark night of the soul is where Dante’s Commedia famously begins. The journey that follows is universal. It will lead us to the very depths of hell, and then onward, if we survive, to the great Mountain of Purgatory, to a cleansing and purification of our souls in readiness for the great ascent to Paradise and to heaven’s bliss.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)


April - Friday 9th, 7pm to 8pm
Musica di Sardegna e d’ Irlanda. Music Concert by Italian group Glee's

Join us for an evening of music from Sardinia and Ireland with the Italian music group Glees.
Venue: Online (Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 9258 3389
Passcode: 539045)

April  - Friday 30th, 7pm to 8pm
The city of Turin: An illustrated talk in English by Dr Diana Bretherick

Dr Diana Bretherick is a writer, former criminal barrister and criminologist. She is the author of two historical thrillers set in nineteenth century Turin featuring one of the city’s most famous inhabitants, the world’s first criminologist Cesare Lombroso. 
This talk examines the city of Turin, its history, culture and cuisine as well as the dark and turbulent past that inspired the novels. 
For more information on the work of Dr Dian Bretherick, please visit the following website:

Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)


May - Friday 21st, 7pm to 8pm.
 "Prima di The Lord of the Rings, prima di Game of Thrones: Dante e l'Inferno". An illustrated talk in Italian and English by Professor Domenico Palumbo.

Italian -  Domenico Palumbo, professore di letteratura e lingua italiana presso il Sant'Anna Institute a Sorrento, Italia, ci accompagna in questa interessante presentazione del viaggio di Dante attraverso l' Inferno.
La presentazione è in lingua italiana con le note in ligua inglese. Un ottimo esercizio per praticare il vostro ascolto della lingua italiana.

English - Domenico Palumbo, professor of literature and Italian language at the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, takes us on this interesting presentation of Dante's journey through Hell. The presentation is in Italian with the notes in English. An excellent exercise to practice your listening to the Italian language.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

The book: For more information on the book, please visit the following website -

The Sorrento language school: 


June - Friday 11th, 7pm to 8pm
Experiential travel. An illustrated talk in English and Italian by Maura Mattana and Alessandro Picciau”.

In recent years, experiential tourism is emerging as one of the favourite formats for people to get to know a place.
So the era of touch and go travel ends, in which travel is fast and leaves no time to truly savour the atmosphere of the place.
Experiential tourism focuses on personal experience.
Tourists come into direct contact with local people, share experiences with their travel companions and take the time to get to know the beauties of the place.
It is a way of traveling that is often also referred to as conscious tourism, as it teaches to respect the environment and to observe and appreciate the present moment, without haste.

Today we want to explore the meaning of this term, its advantages and the different possibilities it offers.
Venue: Online 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 834 1733 6515
Passcode: 382107

June - Friday 18th, 7pm to 8pm
" The Bourbon King " - The story of Carlo III , the bringer of fame and fortune to 18th cent. Naples. An illustrated talk in English and Italian, by Prof. Francesca Bratley.

Of all the foreign powers that ruled over Naples, since the Normans, the
Bourbon King Carlo III was the first ruler to break centuries of hardship and misery. Rather than being a tyrant like his predecessors, Carlo fell in love with the people and their city.
He spent much of his immense fortune in creating a new kingdom that provided work and hope for its inhabitants. His 'grandes oeuvres' can still be seen today.
His arrival signalled an explosion of Music and the Arts, of Architecture and Engineering and of Social Reforms.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)

We hope that you have enjoyed our events so far. We will now take a break and look forward to seeing you again in September.
Thank you for your support and have a lovely Summer.

October 2021 - Date TBC
The figure of St Joseph in Renaissance Art. An illustrated talk in English by Dr Michael Cefai.

Pope Francis has proclaimed this year (8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021) for Catholics the “Year of St. Joseph”. Dr Cefai will guide us through some fascinating works to celebrate the Saint.
Venue: Online (The link to join us will be sent via email)


Would you like to organise an event for the Society? Just get in touch here.

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