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We wish you a serene and pleasant Summer and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn 2022

New events coming up in Autumn 2022 

Scroll down to see all our past events 

January 2022

Friday 28th January 7pm-9pm

Italian quiz night and AGM, in English language

It would be so lovely to see you all at our 1st event of the year, celebrating the start of a new year, hoping that it will be a better year for everyone.

We will follow all the government regulations in place at the time of the event, for everyone safety.

Therefore we would recommend you to take a rapid flow test before attending the event.

We will have some fun with our Italian quiz and a great prize will go to the winning team. A very small amount of time will be given to our AGM, usually no more than 20 minutes. 

Don’t miss out on this great evening, we really want you to be there, in person, after such a long time.

Venue: 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Please RSVP to give an idea on numbers. Thank you).

March 2022

Friday 4th March 7pm-8.30pm

Italy through the Red Lens: Italian Politics and Society in Communist Propaganda Films (1946–79)

An Illustrated talk in English by Prof. Gianluca Fantoni from Nottingham Trent University.

ONLINE TALK (A Zoom link will be sent to all members few days prior the talk)

This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the role of cinema in the communication strategy of the Italian Communist party (the PCI). It examines the entire period during which the party had a systematic and organized approach to cinematographic production, starting with the early experiments in 1946 and concluding with the closure of PCI film company Unitelefilm at the end of the 1970s. Its analysis sheds light on a range of issues, such as the relationship between the party and Italian intellectuals, the Stalinist imprint of the Italian Communist Party and the historical significance of the Salerno turn, the PCI’s relationship with the student movements in 1968 and 1977, and the PCI’s response to the rise in political violence in the 1970s. Ultimately, the book demonstrates that cinema was essential to the PCI’s propaganda effort.

March 2022

Friday 18th March 7pm-8.30pm

Golden Years of Italian Cinema: the 40s, 50s and 60s.

An Illustrated talk in English by Mr. Matthew Page.

This is a broader look, taking in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, looking at neo realism and what happened next (De Sica, Fellini, Pasolini, Antonioni, Visconti), as well as the pepla and spaghetti westerns.

Venue: 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Please RSVP to give an idea on numbers. Thank you).

April 2022

Friday 1st April 7pm-8pm

FERDINAND , King of Naples and Sicily ( known as the Two Sicilies ),

Third son of Charles III ( Naples 1759 )

The Continuation of the Bourbon Dynasty

An illustrated talk in English by Prof.  Francesca Bratley

King Ferdinand : a life spent in the vain pursuit of happiness at a time of great change and unrest. A fascinating history when the beauty of the Bay of Naples

attracted more than just rich tourists on the Grand Tour!

Foreign powers are at the gates and the Neapolitans face a most uncertain future.

The main protagonists are the King and his Queen, Maria Carolina

The English Ambassador Lord William Hamilton and his beautiful wife Lady Emma Hamilton

Lord Horatio Nelson.

....and, of course, the City of Naples and its people!

ONLINE TALK (A Zoom link will be sent to all members few days prior the talk)

April 2022

Friday 29th April 7pm-8pm

Courtly Love to Sacred Love

An illustrated talk in English by Caroline A. M. Clarke

“Dante—as is universally recognized—gave to the West a myth whereby the love of woman could lead to the love of God. And the arrival at the love of God no longer required the recantation of the love of woman, as it formerly had in Christian thought.”

Helen Vendler: The Road to Paradise 2012

It was a journey that spanned his entire life and a goal he would not reach until his life was almost over. Join us as we look back to Dante’s early life, to his very first glimpse of his beloved Beatrice, to the struggles & personal pain he endured as he transitioned from a love-struck teenager, utterly captured by the allure of Courtly Love, through the long years of grief and his struggles with love’s dark shadow after Beatrice’s death - and onward to the realisation that love can be a force that can lead one to the embrace of the divine.

ONLINE TALK (A Zoom link will be sent to all members few days prior the talk)

May 2022

Friday 20th May 7pm-9pm

Degustazione di vini d' Italia / Italian wine tasting


Dante Alighieri Loughborough are pleased to invite you to this evening at Quorn Village Hall, on May 20th 2022, 7-9pm.

The evening will be organized by Kilo wines, who are based in Quorn, specializing in Italian wines from family-run wineries, which you may not come across otherwise. So we are excited to see what they have to offer. Bottles of wine will also be available to buy on the evening. In terms of discounts, we can offer a 10% discount on attendees' first order, or 15% off if ordered on the night!

The cost for the evening is £20 each for members, £25 for non-members, first come first served, as places are limited. Please indicate that you would like to be there to the president Gianluca Fanti (email below).

Obviously if you know of a non-member who wishes to come with you, he/she can join the society, membership details as below, and then pay the members price for the evening. Once your place at the wine tasting is reserved you will be contacted to to secure your booking.

Venue: 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: £20 each for members, £25 for non-members (To book please email HERE)

May 2022

Friday 27th May 7pm-9pm

Italian movie night

La finestra di fronte / Facing window (Italian with English subtitles (2004)

The movie will be introduced by Gianluca Fanti.

Brief description:

Giovanna and Filippo have been married for nine years and have two children. Giovanna, dissatisfied with her job, is an accountant in an industrial poultry shop, while Filippo is content with short-term jobs and cannot find a steady and satisfactory job. Between children and work, some visits to her friend Eminè, Giovanna unhappily spends a life that she imagined to be different. In the evening, before going to sleep, for a few moments with the light off, she smokes and examines the window of the apartment opposite, where a young and attractive stranger lives. One day Giovanna and Filippo come across an unknown man, lost in the center of Rome, without memory or documents. It will be he, with the strange memories that haunt him, to break the rigidity of Giovanna's daily life, dragged by the desire for change.

Venue: 64 Leicester Road, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8BB

Cost: free for members, £5 for non-members (Please RSVP to give an idea on numbers. Thank you)

June 2022

Saturday 25th June 7pm-11.30pm (Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start)

Festa Italiana - A 3 course meal galore.


We are pleased to invite you to our first meal event since 2019.

We have organised a "Festa Italiana", a 3 course meal with Prosecco, all freshly prepared for you.

The event will take place on Saturday the 25th of June from 7pm until 11.30pm at Fearon Hall (Rectory Rd, Loughborough LE11 1PL).

We would like to celebrate with you being able to meet up again, and taste some amazing Italian food together.

During the evening, we will try to recreate the Italian party atmosphere , with music, games and Italian themed raffle.

The menu includes:


A glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival

Starter - Antipasti platter to include – Selection of cured meats, marinated mozzarella balls, grilled artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, slices of caciocavallo cheese, bruschetta with tomatoes, focaccia with oil & balsamic.

Main - Vegetable Lasagne served with salad

Dessert - Tiramisu with gelato

Palate cleanser - Limoncello

To book your place, please send an email to [email protected], before the 15th of June 2022.

The cost of the evening is as follows:

Members £21.50

Non members £24.50.

We look forward to you joining us for another Festa Italiana!

Your Dante Alighieri Society Committee of Loughborough

Sue, Amanda, Dom, Caroline, Den, Robert, Tony and Gianluca

Would you like to organise an event for the Society?

Just get in touch he​re.

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