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.
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
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
Dear 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:
- Two tickets for a dress rehearsal at the Welsh National Opera
- Two-Course Dinner for two at Calabrisella’s
- 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.
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.
‘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.
Come and join us @Octavo’s Bookshop to discuss Io non ho paura by Niccolò Ammaniti. The book has sold more than 700,000 copies since its publication in 2001, and has been translated in twenty languages. Mixed language abilities welcome.
Sunday 8 October From 2pm.
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
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.
INDIE POPPIE VEGGIE GARDEN BAND
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
The ICCW is very very pleased to host a premiere event featuring writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby and singer/director Filomena Campus. The event, loosely adapted from Agnello Hornby’s book Il Male che si deve raccontare, is a brand new performance about domestic violence, never staged before and will be a mix of music, songs and spoken word.
The performance will be in English. Please find info and poster of the event below.
Seats are limited, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
CREDEVO / I BELIEVED
A spoken word and music performance about domestic violence with Simonetta Agnello Hornby and Filomena Campus
Written by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, directed by Filomena Campus
Sunflower Cafe, 1 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5EE
24 March 2017 6.30 pm
£12 (£10 ICCW members)
for info and booking firstname.lastname@example.org
A very Happy New Year to all of you!
ICCW events programme for 2017 started on 4th February with our popular Language Maintenance Classes in Chapter. We have a number of great surprises for you this year so watch this space.
Our next event is the Book Club @Calabrisella, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff on Tuesday 21st February at 8:30 pm. The book we will discuss is Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino.
Mixed abilities welcome. Please let us know if you are interested in coming as seats are limited.
Our bookclub continues with the short story La paura by Federico De Roberto.
Iconic director Ermanno Olmi based his latest masterpiece, Greenery Will Bloom Again, on De Roberto’s short story which will be screened in the Italian Film Festival Cardiff. After the film there will be a Backstage documentary followed by a Q&A with producer Elisabetta Olmi.
We will meet Wed 16 November at Sunflower&I , 1 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5EE at 8.30. Mixed language abilities welcome.
This event is free but seats are limited so book in advance via email to avoid disappointment.
The 22 October we will celebrate the XVI Italian Language Week !
From 10.00 to 11.00 am at Chapter Arts Centre our language maintenance class will be open to new young students. there will be music, masks and food! From 11.00 to 12.00 we will illustrate the Italian language portal, explain the importance of language maintenance with a focus on European policies, and we will outline our language maintenance programme for 2016-2017.
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 8 October 6:30pm
Ayiva and Abas have fled Burkina Faso, dreaming of a better life on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. After a death-defying crossing they arrive in southern Italy and must quickly readjust to life in Europe which is more violent and hostile than they imagined. An unsentimental and creative look at the refugee crisis. Watch the official trailer here
Join us after the film for Skype Q&A with actor Koudous Sehionan and an interview with Domenico Lucano, Major of the Town of Riace in Calabria. Our members get 10% discount on tickets.
For more information and tickets click here.
This event is organised in partnership with Watch-Africa
Our next Book Club event will be on Saturday 1 October from 6-8pm at Octavo’s Bookshop in West Bute Street, CF10 5LJ. Celebrated writer Fabio Geda will be joining us from Italy to discuss his acclaimed book In the Sea there are Crocodiles. This event is in English and Italian. Tickets are £3 for members and £5 non members (includes discount on signed copy).
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old.
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles Fabio Geda delivers the moving true story of Enaiat’s extraordinary will to survive and of the accidental brotherhood he found with the boys he met along the way. Geda brilliantly captures Enaiat’s engaging voice and humor, in what is a truly epic story of hope and survival, for readers of all ages.
Fabio Geda is an Italian writer who formerly worked with children in difficulties. He writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing in the most famous Italian school of storytelling, the Scuola Holden in Turin. Since the international success of his best selling novel In the Sea There Are Crocodiles, Fabio devotes most of his time to writing and attending literary festivals around the world. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles is his first book to be translated into English and won the 2013 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation.
We are pleased to announce that the ICCW Language Maintenance Courses will resume on Saturday 24 September.
Our first lesson will be held at Cardiff Central Library from 10 to 11 am to celebrate European Day of Languages with our friends of Europe direct.
Our second lesson will be at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 1 October from 10-11 am and author Fabio Geda will be joining us and reading from his amazing book In the Sea there are Crocodiles.
Last but not least, on Saturday 22 October we will celebrate Italian Language World Week at our Language Maintenance class. This class is open to all and will be centred on our current topic ‘Viaggio in Italia’. The class will be followed by meeting with all parents interested to hear about the importance of Language Maintenance and the philosophy behind it. Continue reading