The White Sheik by Fellini

Dear Friends, 
It’s been a long time since our last email! We hope you are all well. Just a quick message to say that now that cinemas and theatres are back we are in the process of slowly resuming our activities. We would like to pick up where we left before the pandemic hit us all, with the celebrations of Fellini’s centenary in partnership with Snowcat Cinema. Therefore our first event will be the screening of Lo Sceicco Bianco (The White Sheik) by Federico Fellini on Friday 22nd of October at Penarth Pier Pavilion at 7:30pm. The screening will feature an introduction by Luca Paci to contextualise it within the Italian culture of the period and Fellini’s immense cinematic and artistic production.

You can book your tickets here:
We hope to see many of you next week at the Pier.
More about ICCW and IFFC in the following weeks. A presto!

Bondo – Gronde

Virtual Book launch

Please come and join us tomorrow at 17:00 GMT for the launch of in Italian BONDO-GRONDE Presentazione libro di e con MENNA ELFYN Yfory 5 o’r gloch #lansio Bondo yn Eidaleg! Book your space info below #translated #poetry #cymraeg #italiano

Italian Carnival @ Penarth Pier Pavilion

Penarth Carnival starts Saturday 2nd March at 11.00am – Archer Terrace /Sully Terrace Green
The event includes:
Crowning the First Fool the king of the carnival. 
Singing, band & a ceremony. 
Also a man will set off on a bike to Harlech in North Wales (yes, really!) to tell them four days of happiness have broken out in Penarth. 
We’ll then dance down to the Pier Pavilion for midday.
There’ll be an hour’s Italian Carnival mask workshop in the Pier Pavilion from 12.00 and a children’s
film in the Pier Pavilion in the afternoon. Wear costume/ festive thing


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 @ 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.

Il conciorto – A Veggie Concert


Enter Il Conciorto – a humorous and surreal musical experience where vegetables sing, telling their own intimate stories. Pop, rock and contemporary songs tell the lives of aubergines, peppers and courgettes speaking about the feelings of the gardener and telling stories of celebrity vegetable plots.

Acclaimed Italian musicians Bagini and Carlone, use electronic technology Arduino to accompany aubergines, carrots, courgettes and cucumbers with flutes, sax and guitars. Do not miss this unique sustainable live concert!

Tickets: £12/£10  Buy tickets here