Autumn programme 2018

As you already know the fourth edition of the Italian Film Festival Cardiff will take place in Chapter Arts Cinema from 16 to 18 November. We are finalizing the last details of the programme which will be out in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you can.

However, before our annual appointment with Italian cinema we have a series of important events, which we hope you can all come to. Please click on the link for details of and how to purchase your tickets for each event.

  • Saturday 29 October @ Chapter 3-5 pm:

 Alla ribalta!
Theatre Workshop in 4 lessons for children from 6 to 12 years old led by actress, teacher and musician Alice Muzzioli.
The ICCW has organised a theatre workshop in Italian for children: four meetings from the end of September to the beginning of December.

  • Sunday September 30 @Casanova Restaurant Cardiff 1 pm:

There are still a couple of places at our Charity Lunch  Help us raise money for the Italian Film Festival Cardiff!

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 Film 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.

  • Thursday 4 October @Cardiff University Council Chambers in the Glamorgan Building 5:15/ 6:30 pm:

Danilo Balducci. The Invisible Line of Migration
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. FREE EVENT

  • Saturday 6 October Church of St Andrew & St Teilo, Cathays 8.00pm 

    Radio Amore

Radio Amore is a live music mix of British and Italian music from baroque to the present day. Inspired by live mixes and late-night radio broadcasting, and evocative of the sizzle and crackle that accompanied new musical discoveries on a bakelite tuning dial, Radio Amore is designed as a musical journey – a voyage of wonder, vitality and emotion.

  • Thursday 11 October @ Penarth Pier Pavilion 8.00pm

8/1/2 (Federico Fellini 1963) In association with  Snowcat Cinema  official partner of Italian Film Festival Cardiff 2018

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.

7pm doors for 8pm start.

  • Friday 12 October @ Cineworld 8.30pm

Favola –Fairytale (Sebastiano Mauri  2017)  in association with  Iris Prize
Director Sebastiano Mauri and co-writer and star Filippo Timi will be appearing at this year’s festival.
America. The 1950s. Mrs Fairytale spends her days locked in a Technicolor fantasia where all her hopes and dreams would appear to have come true. But something troubling lurks behind the polished veneers.

Friday 19 October @ Lookout Cafe, Cardiff Bay, 6.00pm

The World Saved by the Kids

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

The book first appeared in 1968, a period of ferment, a period in which young people were fired by idealism, with students protesting side by side with workers in the streets. In the Foreword, Morante insists that her work should not be categorised: ‘It is an autobiography. It is a memorial. It is a manifesto. It is a ballet. It is a tragedy. it is a madrigal. It is a documentary in colour. It is a comic strip. It is a magic key.’


Our events 2017


IL CONCIORTO – A Veggie Concert

Conciorto Press Release 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



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

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.

Our events 2016

FILM: Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano
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 for a panel discussion after the film 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

Meet Fabio Geda

Saturday 1 October


imgresOur next Book Club event will be on Saturday 1 October from 6-8pm at Octavo’s Bookshop in Cardiff Bay. 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.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”44″ gal_title=”Fabio Geda @Cardiff”]

Language Maintenance Courses

Saturday 24 September


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.

Italian Film Festival Cardiff: a taster


Fire at sea (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi

Friday 24 June, Chapter Cinema 8:45 (book tickets here)



On 24 June, during Refugee Week, we have organised another special event around the premiere of Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi, winner of this year’s Golden Bear in Berlin. This intense and beautiful docufilm, part of our Mediterranean Re-Mapped project, will be introduced by migration adviser and co-founder of S.O.S. Mediterranée Prof. Udo Enwereuzor. Prof. Enwereuzor will also be present at the Q&A with film editor Jacopo Quadri after the screening of the film.





Jacopo Quadri

show_imgIacopo Quadri was born in Milan in 1964, graduated at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma. Editor of Mario Martone’s films, among which Leopardi (2014), has collaborated with direcotors Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bechis, Paolo Virzì, Zhang Yuan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul e Francesca Archibugi receiving many awards among which are the Leone d’oro for the Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi. He has also directed with Antonietta De Lillo e Patrizio Esposito the documentary Voci distanti dal mare (Saharawi) and with Mario Martone La terra trema and Un posto al mondo, and many shorts.

Jacopo Quadri (Milano, 1964) si è diplomato al Centro sperimentale di cinematografia di Roma. Montatore dei film di Mario Martone, tra cui Il giovane favoloso (2014), ha collaborato con registi come Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bechis, Paolo Virzì, Zhang Yuan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul e Francesca Archibugi ricevendo numerosi riconoscimenti, tra cui il Leone d’oro per Sacro GRA di Gianfranco Rosi. Come regista ha diretto con Antonietta De Lillo e Patrizio Esposito il documentario Voci distanti dal mare (Saharawi) e con Mario Martone La terra trema e Un posto al mondo, oltre a diversi cortometraggi. Presidente dell’Associazione Ubu per Franco Quadri, nel 2013 ha fondato la Ubulibri srl, proseguimento ideale della Edizioni Ubulibri.




Udo Enwereuzor

imagesUdo C. Enwereuzor is Senior Adviser on Migration, Minorities and Rights of Citizenship in the NGO COSPE. With an academic background in the natural sciences, he has been engaged in research, consultancy and professional training on racism / anti-racism, equal opportunities and organisational change since 1991.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as an expert member of the Commission for Integration Policies under the Department for Social Affairs, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy.

From 2001 to the end of 2014, he served as coordinator of the National Focal Point (NFP) for Italy of the RAXEN and FRANET networks, set up by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) and European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

From 1998 to 2002, he served on the Management Board of the European Network against Racism (ENAR).

From 2004 to 2008, he served as scientific supervisor of the Anti-discrimination Centre of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – Alto Adige. He is a registered trainer with the Advanced Training School of the Internal Affairs Administration and has been involved in training law enforcement officers since 1999.

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) by Matteo Garrone

Saturday 18 June, Chapter Cinema 7:45 (book tickets here)


We have organised a special event around the Welsh premiere of Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) by Matteo Garrone. The gaudy and dazzling adaptation of the seventeenth century folk-tales by Giambattista Basile will be introduced by Domenico Basile (descendant of the writer and curator of the latest edition of Lo cunto de li cunti) and followed by a Q&A with actor Guillaume Delaunay.




Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille


If you are interested in purchasing a copy the Lo cunto de li cunti ovvero il racconto dei racconti (I Giornata)

Please pre-book at

The Pentamerone (Neapolitan: Lo cunto de li cunti overo lo trattenemiento de peccerille, “The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones”) is a seventeenth-century fairy tale collection by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile(more here)




Domenico Basile


Domenico Basile is an entrepreneur and direct descendent of writer Gimbattista Basile. He lives in Rome where he holds workshops and teacher’s trainings on fairy tale and on drama-script writing.


Domenico Basile, imprenditore napoletano, e’ discendente diretto di Giambattista Basile. Vive a Roma dove tiene corsi di formazione sulla fiaba per insegnanti e laboratori di teatro e di scrittura drammaturgica presso le scuole primarie e secondarie.





Guillaume Delaunay


The ogre in Tale of Tales

“Guillaume Delaunay is a french actor whose physical features led him to embody various surnatural creatures. Yet, his most famous role is the enigmatic “Mr W” who’s been buzzing on internet for 9 years now.”



Christian & Jonah Lees


Christian Lees

Jonah Lees






 In My Mother’s House by Ákos Östör & Lina Fruzzet

Thurs 2 June Cardiff  School of Modern Languages room 218

IMMH Picture 2015



Film Screening and Q&A Session with directors.

Book free tickets here



 Il Club del  libro # 4

Tue 31 May 2016, 8:30 pm


Il giorno della civetta by Leonardo Sciascia at Calabrisella, Cowbridge Road


Il Club del  libro # 3

Wedn 20 April 2016, 8:30 pm


The Italian Book Club: mixed abilities welcomed. Our  next book is Novecento by Alessandro Baricco. As a follow up we will explore the film adaptation  by Giuseppe Tornatore at CafeJazz the 24th of April.

Il club del libro #2

Tue 15 March 2016, 8:30 pm


The Italian Book Club: mixed abilities welcomed. Our second book is La strada che va in città  by Natalia Ginsburg,  Tuesday 15 March at Calabrisella, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff. Come along!!




Voice and Faces of a Post-Colonial Heritage

Sat 27 February 2016

Following the screening of Io sto con la sposa at the Italian Film Festival Cardiff and the very engaging Q&A with director Gabriele Del Grande, this event will be our second installment into our ongoing project on redrawing different routes and perspectives on the Mediterranean Sea and its region.

The events include cinema, music, food, workshops and Q&As.

Io e Te (B. Bertolucci, Italy, 2012)


A follow-up of our Italian Book Group. Italian film with subtitles in English.

Free for ICCW members, £5 for non-members @cafejazzcardiff

                                                                                                                     Il club del libro

Wed 27 Jan 2016, 8.30 pm


The Italian Book Club: mixed abilities welcomed. Our first book is Io e Te by Niccolò Ammaniti. As a follow up we will explore the adaptation of Io e Te in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2012 film, place and date tbc.

Book Club Registration




Thu 21 Jan 2016, 9.00 pm


Fabio Lepore Italian Quintet

Fabio Lepore, Vocalm-140-itunes-pausa-caffe
Dino Plasmati, Guitar
Carlo Fraccalvieri, Saxophone
Pasquale Votino, Double Bass
Paola Adamo, Drums

The band will present  its new album covering a wide range of Italian Jazz and Pop Music and revisits some of the classic songs that have contributed to the history of Italian modern music. Fabio Lepore will be accompanied by four other remarkable Italian musicians.

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 Our events 2015


Terra Madre & Xmas Do with Slow Food South Wales

Thu 10 Dec 2015, 7 pm

Terra-Madre-300x294Butetown Arts and History Centre

During this event we will be showing parts of Ermanno Olmi’s documentary on Terra Madre, a global organization born in Italy in 2005 by Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. Terra Madre brings together small farmers and projects promoting sustainability and fair trade against the commodification of food and natural resources.

This event will also be the occasion for us to launch our next project on bees, I love you, Honey and to exchange season’s greetings with a buffet provided by Casanova restaurant. The menu @£15 (£12 for members) includes:

Torta di patate e fagiolini (gluten free, vegetarian)

Focaccia e olive marinate

Pecorino e miele

Italian sausage roll

Maiale tonnato (gluten free)

Cicoria con vinaigrette di miele e mostarda

Frittelle di polenta e cavolo nero (gluten free, vegetarian)

Panettone bread and butter pudding

Torta caprese (gluten free)

Members – Non-members


Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC)

10 & 16-18 October 2015

LogoIFFCThe first ever Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC) brings to Wales a dynamic and diverse portrait of Italy, its contemporary society and its contradictions. The selection of films covers diverse genres and narratives of Italian…




European Day of Languages

26 September 2015

CP0b4v5W8AADDRb“The ICCW  aims to collaborate with schools and institutions to create a programme for language maintenance for those families whose children want to maintain and develop their Italian heritage but who currently haven’t got the opportunity to do so here in Wales”…



Diego Valeri Orchestra

20-24 July 2015






2 June 2015






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Media Launch

22 May 2015


The Italian Cultural Centre Wales was launched on Friday 22 May 2015 at an event held at Butetown Arts & History Centre in Cardiff. At the event attended by representatives from a number of arts organisations in Wales…