Book Club: Il passato e’ una terra straniera

Join Us for an Enchanting Evening: Exploring “The Past Is a Foreign Country”

Dear fellow book lovers,

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Book Club meeting on July 27th at 6 pm, where we will be delving into the enthralling world of Gianrico Carofiglio’s “Il Passato e’ una terra straniera,” beautifully translated as “The Past Is a Foreign Country” by Howard Curtis. Get ready to immerse yourself in a captivating detective story that will take us on an unforgettable journey through mystery and intrigue.

Meeting Details:
Date: July 27th
Time: 6 pm
Location: WinesnVines Wine Bar & Shop (formerly Mr. Brightsides)
Address: 109 Station Rd Llandaff

Whether you’re a seasoned Book Club regular or a first-time attendee, you are warmly welcomed to join us for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking gathering. The unique plot and intriguing characters of “The Past Is a Foreign Country” are sure to spark captivating conversations.

We can’t wait to share our thoughts on this brilliant book and spend a delightful evening together at the Wine Bar, discussing literature and enjoying each other’s company.

A presto!

Book Club: Le otto montagne

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Join us on June 1st at 6 pm at Calabrisella Gelateria for a captivating discussion on Paolo Cognetti’s “Le otto montagne” (The Eight Mountains). This exceptional book explores friendship, mountaineering, and the journey of growing up. Delve into the tale of Pietro and Bruno, two childhood friends whose paths diverge as they mature, touching on themes of self-discovery and the connection between humans and nature. Let’s gather for an enthralling conversation about the characters, settings, and profound messages woven throughout the story. No spoilers, just pure literary joy! Whether you’ve finished the book or only begun, all are welcome. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of shared stories and gelato delights! See you there! 🍨📖

Book Club: La vita bugiarda degli adulti

Dear Book Club Members,

I hope this message finds you well and that you had a lovely Easter break. As a quick reminder, our next book club meeting is coming up soon on Monday, April 24th at 6:00 pm. We will be discussing Elena Ferrante’s latest book, La vita bugiarda degli adulti (2019), which is also available in English as The Lying Life of Adults (2020) and was translated by Ann Goldstein.

We are excited to be meeting at WinesnVines Wine Bar and Shop, located at 109 Station Road in Llandaff North. Our friends at WinesnVines are opening up their establishment just for us, so please be sure to show your appreciation by joining us for this wonderful evening.

In order to give our hosts an idea of how many guests to expect, please kindly let us know if you plan on attending.

Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you all next Monday. Happy reading!

Io non ho paura / I’m Not Scared (2003) – ICCW Book Club Screening

Io non ho paura / I’m Not Scared
Dir. Gabriele Salvatores | 2003 | 108 mins | Colour | Italy | Italian (subtitled) | 15 

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner, in Gabriele Salvatores’ adaptation of the hit Niccolò Ammaniti novel. A best-seller in Italy, and translated into over 20 languages, the novel is first title of 2023’s ICCW Book Club. Read the novel in Italian (if you can!) and then come to see the ​big-screen ​version. ​You’re sure to meet lots of ​other Italian learners at the screening! 

For more info on the book club, please email

Why you should see it: because it’s a brilliant mystery thriller! 

Tickets ÂŁ8.50 / ÂŁ6.50 (conc) – ICCW members get 50p off their tickets

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.

I’m not Scared

Given the success detective stories are having all over the world, and certainly in Italy, we will be inaugurating “La stagione in giallo” with Niccolò Ammaniti, Io non ho paura (2001), I Am Not Scared (translated by Johnathan Hunt, 2003). You can read the book in Italian or English, or listen to it as an audiobook in both languages. Come and discuss it with us while having some cake and gelato at Calabrisella’s Gelateria.

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

ÂŁ7 ÂŁ5 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 @ 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: ÂŁ10 full price /ÂŁ5 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 ÂŁ2 for 1 ticket and ÂŁ5 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.