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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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