The World Saved by Kids and Other Epics

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM Lookout Cafe

Poet and translator Cristina Viti will read from her translation of Elsa Morante’s The World Saved by Kids.

First published in Italian in 1968, The World Saved by Kids was written in the aftermath of deep personal change and in the context of what Elsa Morante called the “great youth movement exploding against the funereal machinations of the organized contemporary world.”
Morante believed that it was only the youth who could truly hear her revolutionary call. With the fiftieth anniversary of the tumultuous events of 1968 approaching, there couldn’t be a more timely moment for this first English translation of Morante’s work to appear.

Charity Lunch at Casanova’s Sun 29 Sept 1 PM

This year the Italian Film Festival Cardiff is taking place on 16-18 November and our friends and sponsors at Casanova’s have generously agreed to host a Charity Lunch on 30th September to help us raise some money for the Festival.
All proceedings from the lunch will go to the ICCW to cover costs of the Festival.

If you would like have a fab meal at a very fair price in one of the top restaurants in Cardiff and at the same time help us with funding our rich festival programme, please call Casanova’s Restaurant on 029 20344044 and book before it’s too late!

Danilo Balducci. The Invisible Line of Migration

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Glamorgan Council Chamber,  Cardiff University

This is a unique opportunity to meet leading international photographer, photo journalists and documentary photographer Danilo Balducci.  His recent work focuses on migration and its contemporary routes. The event will include the projection of two short films and a selection of photographic material, accompanied by a discussion with the author. Further details can be found here:

We are hosting this event in partnership with the School of Modern Languages at University of Cardiff.

8½ Fellini @ Penarth Pier Pavilion 11 October

In association with  Snowcat Cinema  official partner of Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2018

Thursday, October 11, 8:00 PM 10:30 PM  @ Penarth Pier Pavilion

Fellini’s 8 1/2 tells the story of a film director trapped in a creative cul-de-sac. It’s surreal style, icy-cool atmosphere and crisp monochrome cinematography have led to wide regard as one of the finest works of avant-garde film-making and a true masterpiece of world cinema.

Advance tickets £7.50 / £6 (conc) – door sales +50p

7pm doors for 8pm start.

Snowcat Cinema does not screen adverts before the feature.  There are usually one or two trailers for films that will be shown soon but we encourage people to arrive promptly for the advertised start time.

Refunds will only be provided if the screening does not go ahead.

Alla ribalta! Theatre Workshop

The ICCW has organised a theatre workshop in Italian for children: four meetings from the  end of September to the beginning  of December.

The workshop is led  by teacher, actress and musician Alice Muzzioli.

The children will create a story, write the script and invent the scenic realisation by bringing into play a variety of artistic and linguistic skills. All this in a playful and fun group atmosphere, completely immersed in the Italian language.
The workshop is designed for children and young people aged between 6 and 13 years. It will be held in Chapter on the following dates from 15.00 to 17:00:

Saturday 29/09;  Saturday 13/10 ; Saturday 10/11; Saturday 01/12

Rome Open City & Dome Bulfaro

The Italian Cultural Centre Wales has organised a screening of Roberto Rossellini’s  Rome, Open City, a classic tale of life in Nazi-occupied Rome, in collaboration with Snowcat cinema and supported by Wales PEN Cymru


The screening is preceded by a performance by Dome Bulfaro, a renowned Italian poet and artist.

We are putting this event on since we think that Italy is crossing a very critical phase and its fragile democracy is in real danger.

Since Matteo Salvini was sworn in as Italy’s Interior Minister, his controversial stance on immigration, Roma people and the European Union has made the headlines.

The press have dubbed him the European Donald Trump and commentators say he could pose a threat to the existence of the European Union as we know it.

This week he was in the news again, for refusing to allow another migrant rescue ship to dock in Italy and for his radical proposals to crack down on migration.

Here is the facebook link:


Pinocchio Retold and Scampagnata

Dear friends,

We hope you are enjoying the good weather!

We thought you might be interested in the following events coming up soon supported by the ICCW.

12 and 13 June 7:30 pm: Becoming Human. Pinocchio Retold   

Becoming Human – Pinocchio Retold tells the story of the world’s most famous puppet, set against the demands and prerogatives of modern Western society.

This tragicomedy takes an unflinching look at social values and structures, while inviting the audience to laugh and be mesmerised by a caravan of characters (all played by Alice Muzzioli and Inari Soinila).

12+ Strong Language

Location: The Big Top 11A Church Street, CF10 1BG Cardiff

£7 £5 concessions (students, unemployed patrons, disabled, senior citizens, children under 18)



17 June from 10 am: Scampagnata 

Annual picnic organised by Amici Val Ceno for the Welsh-Italian Community.

Everyone welcome. Children’s games, Tug-o war, Bocce and Raffle prizes.

Location: St.Michael’s Centre, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD

Gates open: 10:00

Price: £5 per person (free for under 12s)


Hopefully we will see you there.

A presto!


Remix the Cinema Tour of Wales

Remix the Cinema Workshop and Screening

Remix the Cinema
Penarth Pier Pavilion

Sunday 20 May 2018 8:30pm

The brainchild of two Italian artists who set original soundtracks to a montage of black and white films, Remix the Cinema is an immersive experience combing live music performance and cinema screening. Italian Cultural Centre Wales and Snowcat Cinema are delighted to host this unique event at Penarth Pier Pavilion promoting international artistic engagement and innovation in Cardiff and the Vale.

Before the screening there is an open workshop with the artists, offering hands-on experience of creative sound and image editing. Penarth-based artists Parry & Glynn will facilitate conversations and live drawing in and around the event.

Alberto Casati and Luca Acito are part of Action 30, a collective of artists, musicians, thinkers and activists who draw inspiration from the cultural ferment of 1930s Europe.

Screening: 8.00pm. Admission £8 | £4 concs available on the door and ticketsource
Workshop: 6.00pm. Admission free on the door.

Remix the Cinema @ Volcano Theatre Swansea – 18 May


We are delighted to announce the Italian duo, Remix the Cinema, will be visiting Swansea for their first UK event on their tour of Europe.

Taking place on Friday 18 May, 7pm @ Volcano Theatre in Swansea, Remix the Cinema is the brainchild of two Italian artists, who set original soundtracks to a montage of classic black and white films.

Remix the Cinema is a fully-immersive experience, combining both live music performance and a cinema screening.

Please help us spread the word`among friends, supporters and aficionados!

This is a ticketed event: £10 full price /£5 concessions on the door

Eventbrite link:    Buy your ticket here


Notizie/ News/Newyddion

Dear all,

A belated Buon Anno a tutti voi!
We are excited to update you with the latest developments with the Italian Cultural Centre Wales.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to lay lasting foundations for the ICCW, and have very recently been awarded charitable status, so there will be plenty to look forward to over the coming year.
We hope to play an increasingly central role in bringing together all those with an interest in Italy and your involvement and support in this has been invaluable.
In the next weeks we will give you a detailed programme of our upcoming events so watch this space!
A great big thank you, diolch yn fawr and grazie mille a tutti.


Luca Paci & Luisa Pèrcopo

Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2017 Raffle!

RaffleDear friends and fans,

We are happy to announce that following last year’s tremendous success, we are once again launching a raffle in occasion of our upcoming Italian Film Festival here in Cardiff!

This year’s raffle prizes are:

  1. Two tickets for a dress rehearsal at the Welsh National Opera
  2. Two-Course Dinner for two at Calabrisella’s
  3. A bottle of Italian wine from Vinitalia

There will be three separate draws, each with a first, second and third prize:

Friday 24 November before Emma (First prize: Mozart – Don Giovanni dress rehearsal at WNO)

Saturday 25 November before The Stuff of Dreams (First prize: Verdi – La Forza del Destino dress rehearsal at WNO)

ay 26 November before At War for Love (First prize: Puccini – La Tosca dress rehearsal at WNO)

Prices are £2 for 1 ticket and £5 for 5 tickets. All tickets can be purchased directly at Chapter Arts Centre at our film festival stall. After each draw we will be announcing the winners on all our social media platforms as well as the ICCW website.

Far From Mogadishu. Meet Author ShirinRamzanali Fazel

Our next book event will be at The Little Man Coffee Company Ivor House, Bridge Street
Cardiff CF10 2EE
 at 7 pm.

Author Shirin Ramzanali Fazel will join us to talk about her book Far From Mogadishu. This event is in English and Italian. The entry is free but book in advance to avoid disappointment.

05_23-shirin‘There was time when my country was the country of fairy tales, a country where every child would want to grow and play’. This is the story of the author’s physical and emotional journey from her war-torn homeland, Somalia. Some time after the
military coup in 1969 Shirin left Mogadishu and moved to Italy to make a new life and home for herself and her family. Since then she has crossed continents and lived in several cities, facing the challenge of integrating with many different kind of society before settling in England in 2010. This book encapsulates her reflections on the Somali diaspora.

Letter from an ICCW member

Cari Amici

I am Helen and have been a member of the Italian Cultural Centre Wales since it began in 2015.

During this time I have been inspired by the events organised by the Centre.

The Book Club and most importantly the Italian Film Festival with its objective contemporary focus have challenged and developed my understanding and appreciation of the Italy of today.

The Centre also does valuable, regular work in language maintenance for children.

Among the Centre’s varied programme for 2016 – 17 I am sure that we all have a favourite.

Now the Centre’s programme of events for 2017-18 is about to begin.

I am looking forward to the third  Italian Film Festival which will be at Chapter Arts Centre 24 – 26 November.

This year the Festival will present several British premieres including films shown recently at the Venice Film Festival.

This is a great reason to renew our individual membership of the Italian Cultural Centre Wales.

The Centre relies on our subscriptions and on the generosity of its’ sponsors as the life blood of its programme.

The annual fee is still only £15.00 and I am sure that any one-off donations would also be greatly appreciated.

Mille grazie a tutti

Tanti cari saluti e ci vediamo

Helen Vallis

IFFC ‘s new logo unveiled




Our new logo, born out of the remarkable craft of Casati Graphic Studio, was conceived by putting together less obvious symbols of both Welsh and Italian cultures, without diverting the attention from the main protagonists of the Festival: the films.
The word ‘Festival’ is the pivotal link between the two cultures. The main point of reference: the figure of the joker, a precursor of today’s recreation industry, who in past times had the task to entertain royals and their courts, telling tales of far-away lands, epic adventures and breath-taking landscapes. Together the joker’s hat and the king’s crown represent here both the symbol of the Matter of Britain/the Arthurian Cycle (one of the pillars of Anglo-Celtic culture) and of the Carnival, the Italian festival par excellence, with its masks and its wider theatrical dimension. The logo also plays with the acronym ‘IFF’, derived from the initials of ‘Italian Film Festival’ and the final letters of ‘Cardiff’, rather than its initial ‘C’.
Our new logo evokes all these elements: the joker’s hat, the royal crown, the letters IFF and the classic form of the ionic columns (a symbol of Italian art for centuries) all tied together by the flowing of the reel, the most immediate image representing the idea of the Film.