Italian #YearOverHere

Italian #YearOverHere

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Italian speakers, check out this page for resources and events to help you immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture without leaving the UK! Think we've missed something? Click here to send us your suggestions for listings!

Resources to help you immerse yourself in the language

Use ListenLive to listen to Italian radio stations online Read Italian newspapers online  Check out the Italian Cultural Institute for event listing, language classes and a well-stocked library! Italians of London is a useful website for Italian-themed events in the capital  The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art often organises lectures, aperitivos and more! Il Circolo is a charity focused on putting on events for Italians and Italian speakers in the UK  Explore Little Venice with Time Out's guide   Check out this video from the Society for Italian Studies!  


Cultural events across the UK

January 2015

28th Jan: Palma Vecchio - Gazing at beauty, The Italian Cultural Institute, London

To celebrate the major exhibition of works by Jacopo Negretti, known as Palma Vecchio, at Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Bergamo (GAMeC), curator Giovanni C. F. Villa and Project Designer Peter Fink talk about this great artist and of this unique exhibition – the first retrospective of his works.

29th Jan: Alessandro Gallenzi in conversation with Gabriele Pedullà, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Publisher, novelist and translator Alessandro Gallenzi will be in conversation with acclaimed Italian critic and writer Gabriele Pedullà, talking about his latest novel, The Tower, and his long-held passion for Giordano Bruno and his works.

February 2015

16th Feb: 'Don Giovanni' by Roberto Cavosi, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Italian playwrite Roberto Cavosi has reimagined the Don Giovanni myth in an anti-historical key. It will be performed by Marco Gambino with Simone Spagnole on piano.

17th Feb: Screening - 9x10 Novanta, Italian Cultural Institute, London

9 documentaries by 9 of the most acclaimed Italian rising filmmakers, in collaboration with the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

22nd Feb: Screening - "L'arte della felicità" di Alessandro Rak,  Italian Cultural Institute, London

A screening of 'L'arte della felicita', a film about 40-year-old Sergio, former musician turned taxi driver, who lives his life through conversations with his various passengers. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

24th Feb: Salon Italia - 'L'avventura' by Michelangelo Antonioni,  Italian Cultural Institute, London

Antonioni's masterpiece was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize in 1960. The screening will be introduced by freelance film programmer Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

27th Feb: Remembering Anita Ekberg and Virna Lisi, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Anita Ekberg and Virna Lisi, both of whom died recently, occupied a special place in the Italian imagination due to their film roles, public images and wider work in advertising. In this talk, Stephen Gundle will use images and clips to explore the particular contribution of these two actresses to Italian cinema and television to assess their legacies.

27th Feb - 1st March: A festival of Art History, Institute Français Royaume-Uni, London 

The festival will explore the multiple facets of art history through debates, conversations, talk, exclusive museum tours, film screenings, student presentations, a special workshop for kids and an art book fair.

March 2015

3rd March: Screening - Perez by Edoardo De Angelis, Italian Cultural Institute, London

In this film, a lawyer has to cross the edge between law and crime to protect his family. 

6th - 9th March: Cinema Made in Italy, Institute Français Royaume-Uni, London

The 5th Italian film festival at the French Cultural Institute, Cinema Made in Italy offers a 5-day showcase of the best recent Italian productions, many of them followed by Q&A sessions with the directors and actors.

12th - 13th March: Theatre - Le Giovani Parole, Italian Cultural Institute, London

A theatrical performance of Le Giovani Parole at the Italian Cultural Institute.

18th March: Writing Against the Abuse of Power, Italian Cultural Institute, London

The novelist Nicola Lagioia in conversation with Stefano Jossa.

19th March: The Historian's Craft, Today, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Prof. Carlo Ginzberg and Prof. Donald Sassoon will discuss the effect of globalization on the perception of history.

21st March: FLAME: Florence Art Music Ensemble, Italian Cultural Institute, London

The Florence Art Music Ensemble in concert, featuring soprano Laura Monaghan and Simone Beventi on percussion.

24th March: Screening of 'Mafia and Tomatoes' (La Nostra Terra), Italian Cultural Institute, London

When a tomato planting venture goes awry, Filipo, an anti-mafia law expert with little experience in practical problem solving, is sent to help. 

26th March: Trio Barocco in concert, Italian Cultural Institute, London

Mezzo-soprano (and winner of the HSC 2014) Ewa Gubánska is accompanied by violinist Fabrizio Longo and Riccardo Morini on harpsichord.

27th March: Gender and Sexualities in Modern Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, London

In this groundbreaking event, experts in Italian culture will reflect upon gender relations in Italy and on questions of Italian sexuality and the family.

29th March: Screening of 'La Sedia Della Felicita', Genesis Cinema, London

When Bruna, a beautician, learns from one of her clients that she has hidden a treasure inside one of her drawing room chairs, she begins a hunt that will lead to danger, adventure and a close new friendship. 

31st March: Salon Italia - I Vitelloni by Federico Fellini, Italian Cultural Institute, London

The classic 1953 movie will be introduced by freelance film programmer and lecturer Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

April 2015

7th April: Screening of 'Every Blessed Day (Tutti I Santi Giorni), Italian Cultural Institute, London

Guido and Antonia are a young couple with opposing characters and schedules. When they decide to try for a baby, chaos ensues. 

14th April: Screening of 'Italy in a Day' (Un Giorno Da Italiano), Italian Cultural Institute, London

Italy in a Day is an Italian-British documentary film reflecting the fears of Italians during the recession, their uncertainty over their national identity and their refusal to give up on dreams.

16th April: Sestina Lirica, Italian Cultural Institute, London

A musical and theatrical lecture on the poetic form invented by Petrarca.

21st April: Screening of 'We Believed' (Noi Credevamo), Italian Cultural Institute, London

The stories of three young men who decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini's Young Italy movement.

28th April: Salon Italia - Paisa' by Roberto Rossellini, Italian Cultural Institute, London

This classic film shows the Allied invasion of Italy between July 1943 and winter 1944. It will be introduced by freelance film programmer and lecturer Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

May 2015

June 2015

July 2015

19th-21st Jul: Bellavita Expo, Business Design Centre, London

An exhibition for people who are passionate about Italian food and drink, featuring free tasters, cooking experiences with celebrities and wine tasting sessions from carefully-selected, authentic Italian brands.

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