Sunday, September 17, 2017

Photos from the Dante Concert for the Italian Festival Season


A dreamy concert with harps, flute and viola tonight with Yi Jin's Harp Studio and Te Anahera NZ, with guests Wen-Chuan Lin (viola) and Luca Manghi (flute)


Music by Rossini, Puccini, Mascagni, and featuring Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp. 

The concert was followed by our traditional Aperitivo with drinks from our sponsors (Grazie Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Aperol Spritz New Zealand, Cracroft Chase Vineyard and Riccadonna) and catering by Alessandra Zecchini and the Italian Language School Società Dante Alighieri Auckland volunteers. 


Photos by Gianni Flego. Click here to see more images.





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Punto Inas in NZ




Per tutti gli italiani in Nuova Zelanda: dal 1 settembre è disponibile un servizio di Patronato in Nuova Zelanda. 

Il ‘Punto Inas NZ’ fornisce un servizio di assistenza e tutela dei cittadini italiani o di origine italiana presenti in Nuova Zelanda in materia previdenziale, sanitaria e socio-assistenziale.

Il servizio, attualmente gestito a titolo di volontariato in Nuova Zelanda dal sig. Roberto Di Denia, è gratuito ed ha lo scopo di difendere e promuovere il diritto alla salute, all’assistenza ed alla previdenza dei cittadini. 


Per contattare il signor Di Denia e per maggiori informazioni cliccare qui

Ringraziamo il Comitato Italiani all'Estero della Nuova Zelanda, Comites Wellington, per aver realizzato il progetto di aprire il primo sportello di servizio di Patronato in Nuova Zelanda, e facciamo i nostri migliori auguri di buon lavoro al sig. Di Denia.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dante Series Concert II: Ensemble della Piattellina





Ensemble della Piattellina, an international ensemble based in Florence, Italy, presents a colourful programme of Italian works from the 18th century to the present day.

Performers:
Dorotea Vismara, viola
Benjamin Hoffman, violin
Natania Hoffman, 'cello
Zilvanas Brazauskas, clarinet
Irene Kim, piano

Programme:

Paolo Renosto (1935-1988)
“Players” for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Sonata in C minor for viola and cello, G2

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Duets for Two Violins on Viola

Giulio Roberti (1829-1891)
Piano Quartet

Riccardo Eugenio Drigo (1846-1930)
Meditation for viola, cello and piano

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
Trio for violin, viola and cello

Salvatore Sciarrino (born 1947)
Centauro Marino for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

Sunday 27 August, 5pm

St Luke's Church, 130 Remuera Rd, Auckland
Tickets $25 / $20 for Dante Alighieri Society members / $10 students

Monday, August 21, 2017

Join the Dante Auckland at the Festival Italiano and be in to win Aceto Balsamico di Modena


Aceto Downunder, one of our Festival Italiano Sponsor and historic supported of the Dante Society, is offering two bottles of top selling balsamic (value $80) as a prize. Just join or renew your Dante membership at the Festival in Newmarket on 1 October and you can be in to win!

And of course you can try all types and ages of Balsamico at the Festival, just visit Aceto Downunder stall and be transported back to Modena!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Dante Quiz Night a big success!

Full venue, upstairs and downstairs and everywhere at Palazzo Italia last night for the Dante Quiz night! We had vino, bruschette, lasagne and good company, plus lots of beautiful spot prizes throughout the evening. Some of the questions were quite challenging, even for Italians, so well done to everyone, and congratulations to the winning team: Squadra Opito!






Well done to Chef Matteo and the staff at Palazzo Italia, and thank you to all the Dante volunteers on the night and to the talented Flavia for organising the event!

Friday, August 11, 2017

La collezione di opere d’arte rinascimentali di un’influente famiglia italiana arriva ad Auckland


Sandro Botticelli and workshop: Madonna and Child with Six Angels, circa 1500 Mixed media (tempera and oil) on board, Galleria Corsini, Florence

La vita e le opere d’arte di una dinastia fiorentina verranno esposte presso la Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki nella nuova mostra intitolata The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence (La Collezione Corsini: una finestra sulla Firenze rinascimentale), che aprirà sabato 2 settembre 2017.
La mostra, tratta dalla vasta collezione d’arte privata dell’illustre famiglia Corsini di Firenze, include dipinti del Rinascimento e del Barocco, tra i quali opere di Botticelli, Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto e Pontormo.
Sarà la prima volta che queste opere d’arte saranno esposte fuori dall’Italia e che una collezione privata fiorentina verrà esibita in Aotearoa Nuova Zelanda
La Collezione Corsini è una finestra sulla passione costante per l’arte della famiglia Corsini e la sua continua devozione alla città di Firenze, che è rimasta intatta attraverso la distruzione portata dalla seconda guerra mondiale e dall’alluvione del 1966 nella città toscana. Secondo la direttrice della Auckland Art Gallery, Rhana Devenport, è un privilegio esporre una collezione cosi eccezionale in Nuova Zelanda. La stessa dice:
‘I nostri visitatori potranno vivere la storia affascinante di una famiglia straordinaria, che ha trasformato il suo amore e passione per l’arte in una vera e propria vocazione, collezionando opere d’arte che vanno dal XV al XX secolo
Questi capolavori preservati nel tempo, insieme ad affascinanti cimeli storici, sono testimoni della celebrazione delle belle arti e delle arti decorative di questo periodo, e trasformeranno la galleria in un ambiente immersivo.
Attraverso la mostra viene esplorata anche la storia di Firenze. La città, spesso chiamata la culla del Rinascimento, vide una crescita della sua indipendenza nella sfera politica, economica e religiosa. Questo sviluppo fu favorito da alcune famiglie, come i Corsini, che con i loro sforzi ne cementarono il ruolo nell’ambito della politica italiana.
La vita della famiglia a Palazzo Corsini e il suo patrocinio delle arti sono riprodotti attraverso ritratti, paesaggi, mitologia, vita di ogni giorno e temi religiosi, cosi come sculture, opere su carta, arredamento, costumi, ricami, giochi, utensili da cucina e un sontuoso arredamento da sala da pranzo per sei persone.
La mostra è stata curata dalla dott.sa Ludovica Sebregondi insieme alla curatrice principale dell’Art Gallery Mary Kisler.
Secondo Mary Kisler, che ha trascorso del tempo in Italia per studiare la collezione, la mostra è la finestra perfetta sul mondo di Firenze, sia storico che odierno.
‘La collezione Corsini offre molti spunti e storie da condividere su Firenze. Racconta di un’importante famiglia italiana, della politica, della chiesa, della guerra e del potere e naturalmente della sua arte.’
L’esibizione è organizzata dalla Galleria Corsini di Firenze, dall’Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, dall’ Art Gallery of Western Australia di Perth e da MondoMostre di Roma in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata Italiana, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney e la Società Dante Alighieri di Auckland.
The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence sarà accompagnata da un programma per i visitatori e da eventi speciali per celebrare la cultura italiana nel cuore della città di Auckland.

La mostra è un’esclusiva dell’Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in Nuova Zelanda e si sposterà successivamente alla Art Gallery of Western Australia di Perth, dove sarà allestita dal febbraio 2018. 



Florentine painter after Francesco Rosselli: The Execution of Savonarola and Two Companions at Piazza della Signoria, 16th century oil on canvas, Galleria Corsini, Florence


From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings.
For the first time in New Zealand we will see masterpieces by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Jacopo da Pontormo. The exhibition provides a window on the family’s continuing passion for collecting art, their support of artists, and their ongoing loyalty to the city of Florence, which has prevailed through the devastation of WWll and the inescapable forces of nature during the flood in Florence in 1966.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says it is a privilege to exhibit this exceptional collection in New Zealand.
‘Our audiences will have the opportunity to experience the fascinating history of an extraordinary family, who turned their love and passion for art into a true vocation, gathering artworks that spans from the fteenth to the twentieth centuries,’ she says.
Preserved over time, these masterpieces, as well as fascinating historical objects, will demonstrate the period’s celebration of the ne and decorative arts in an immersive Gallery experience.
The story of Florence will also be explored throughout the exhibition. Often called the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence saw a growth of independence in its political, economic and religious spheres. These developments arose from families, such as the Corsini, who strove to in uence the way their city held its place within broader Italian politics.
Portraits, landscape, mythological, daily life and religious paintings, as well as sculpture, works on paper, furniture, costumes, embroidery, games, kitchen equipment and a lavish dining room set for six, will portray the life of this family at the Corsini Palazzo and their patronage of the arts.
The exhibition has been curated by Dr Ludovica Sebregondi with Auckland Art Gallery’s Mary Kisler, Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art.
Mary Kisler, who spent time in Italy researching the collection, says the exhibition is a perfect window on the world of Florence, both historically and today.
‘The Corsini Collection has many insights and stories to share about Florence. It tells of a great Italian family, of politics, of the church, of war and wealth and of course it tells the story of their art.’
This exhibition is organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and MondoMostre, Rome, with the support of the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney and Dante Alighieri, Auckland.
The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence will be accompanied by a visitor programme and special events that will celebrate Italian culture in the heart of Auckland city.
Exhibition organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Art Gallery of Western Australia and MondoMostre, Rome.
Admission:
Adult: $19, Concession: $15
Members and Children 12 and under FREE


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Intervista a Paolo Rotondo, Artistic Director del Cinema Italiano Festival!




Ciao Paolo,
The Cinema Italiano Festival is about to hit Auckland and we are all very excited about it.
This is the second edition organized by you and your wife Renee Mark, and I want to thank you, on behalf of the Italian Community and Kiwis who love and support Italian culture, for making it possible.
Grazie a voi, e un piacere. It’s a pleasure, after all it’s rare not to enjoy cinema.


1) When did you decide to take on the challenge of organising this festival?
I had dreamed of being involved in an Italian Festival of film for over fifteen years. When attending Film Festivals overseas as a filmmaker over the years I became very interested in the value of Festivals themselves. Having been involved with the old NZ Italian Film Festival run by Tony Lambert, when it ceased to exist after 2014, I immediately knew I had to do something. As an Italo-Kiwi living in NZ, Italian Cinema had always been a way for me to keep connected to some of the ideas and the cultural climate of Italy from afar.  It feels to me like it was meant to be and with my wife Renee (the brains behind the enterprise) it became a reality.


2) Tell us something about the movies you have selected this year. There seems to be a very broad variety of choices: from new releases to classics, from fiction to documentaries…
Italian culture cannot easily be quantified or explained in a single film or with a particular style. Italy is such a diverse country, that I felt like the Festival needs to reflect this. This year I was particularly moved by the powerful expression of traditions and history in a contemporary context. For me this mix of modernity and ancientness can be seen as something unique and precious in Italian culture. I am also very passionate to bring New Zealand audiences a broad and surprising look at Italian culture. Through documentaries, thematic choices, classics, dramas and comedies I can expose kiwis to the dynamic nature of Italy. You couldn’t get more different films from say Quo Vado / Where am I going? to  Fuocoamare / Fire at Sea, yet both in hilarious and eloquent ways express the complexity of Italy in superb and totally different cinematic ways.

3) Where do you see the Festival in five years from now?
I look forward to The Cinema Italiano Festival being established as an essential event on the New Zealand cultural calendar. I see The Cinema Italiano Festival as a window into many aspects of Italian culture and business. I want Italians in New Zealand to feel an enormous sense of pride and along with kiwis feel that they simply must be part of it. The world and business of Cinema is changing rapidly and we want to be at the crest of those changes. In five years we will have a ‘famiglia’ of loyal businesses and patrons that will feel they simply have to be part of our celebration.

4) tell us where the opening night will be? We are curious to know a little bit more about it.
We are rapidly becoming famous for our opening nights, its.  We will have our opening night at one of Auckland’s most charming boutique Cinemas The Bridgeway Theatre on August 31. Vino by Carpinetto, Banfi and Zabu, birra by Peroni and aqua by San Pellegrino. Esteemed Chef Antonio Crisci of Poderi Crisci will be creating some sensational stuzzichini. We will kick the Auckland Cinema Italiano Festival 2017 with a classic, the beautifully restored Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, quite possibly the greatest ever romantic comedy.

Cinema Italiano, the Italian Film Festival in New Zealand, will run in Auckland for two weeks,
from 1 September to 14 October at:
The Bridgeway 122 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland   Tel.: 09 481 0040  www.bridgeway.co.nz
Click here for the full programme

ENQUIRIES +64 27 2244541 renee@cinemaitaliano.co.nz