Past Events

La Dante's Inaugural concert. A piano recital with Maestro Domenico Mongelli organized with the support of the Italian General Consulate in Vancouver. Please see details here.​​

Public lecture:"Global Nomads, Modern Caravanserais and Neighbourhood Commons” (speaker:Dr Arianna Dagnino)organized by  La Dante in collaboration with ARPICO on January 27, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Vancouver Central Public Library.

More info about the event at this link.

Street life event organized during the 2016 edition of “ITALIAN DAY ON THE DRIVE” (June 12, 2016), Vancouver's vibrant cultural street festival dedicated to Italian culture. “Italian Day” is a community driven event, attracting over 300,000 people and spanning 13 blocks along Commercial Drive (officially designated “Little Italy”) in a day-long celebration, while showcasing all that is Italian to Vancouver’s multi-cultural community of all ages. 

For the occasion, we invited the Italian street artist “Pepe Gaka” (Giuseppe Percivati, www.pepegaka.com) to perform at La Dante’s corner. Pepe Gaka painted live on canvas a replica of Dante Alighieri’s portrait by Renaissance painter Boccaccio.
La Dante’s corner wase co-hosted by The Italian Consulate (“Piazza Italia”, on 3rd Avenue and Commercial).

First AGM and Roundtable. The Society’s first Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. After the formal AGM, we had some guest speakers. We called this part of the evening “Coffee, Moms and a Touch of Italy”.  

Brian Turko of "Milano Coffee," winner of ten International Coffee Tasting Awards (the coffee competition from the International Institute of Coffee Tasters), gave a talk on the history of  espresso coffee and the role of coffee culture across the world. Brian’s talk was followed by a roundtable on coffee shops, culture, & nurturing with a group of Italian moms, all members of the Facebook group "Italian Moms in Vancouver”.  Details here.

In cerca di autore: Luigi Pirandello nostro contemporaneo  (Luigi Pirandello, an Italian writer for our modern times)
31 marzo 2017 - 10.00-14.00 UBC Buchanan B Penthouse 
Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver
Dante Alighieri Society of BC

Made in Italy or Made in China?
A public lecture by Dr.
Gaoheng Zhang, Assistant Professor at UBC's Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies.
April 10, 2017 at 6.00 pm
UBC Robson Square (Theatre) 
800 Robson St, Vancouver

More info about the event at this link.
A related exhibition titled ‘Global Routes: China, Italy, Toronto’
was on display at UBC Robson Square (Sunroom) during March 17-April 13, 2017.

A concert for piano and violin
with maestro 
Domenico Mongelli (piano)

Tuesday June 20, 2017, at 6:30pm
St Paul's Anglican Church
1130 Jervis St, Vancouver
BC V6E 2C7

"From Doom to Bloom: Dante's Teachings for (our) troubled times"
Professor Daniela Boccassini from the University of British Columbia, in conversation with one of our directors (Dr. Arianna Dagnino), explained why the words
of a late medieval Italian poet matter more than ever in today’s world.

Answering five basic questions, Daniela Boccassini highlighted for us
Dante Alighieri's extraordinary poetic and existential
achievements. Dante's world-famous Commedia, composed seven
hundred years ago in Italy during times of hardship, resonates
more than ever today with the ring of truth.
Tuesday 5 December 2017, at 6:30pm
The Roundhouse - Room B

with Maestros David Gillham (violin) and Chihar Iinuma (piano)

Organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of BC and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver as part of the celebrations for the Festa della Musica (Music Festival) 2018
The program proposed pieces by the most notable Italian composers, including Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolò Paganini, Ottorino Respighi and Tommaso Vitali.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
Koerner Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music
1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

“The Sense of Beauty: Art and Science at CERN” (2017) by Valerio Jalongo

Screen viewing and Q&A with the film director Valerio Jalong
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm
The CINEMATHEQUE – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

The Sense of Beauty is the story of an unprecedented experiment that
involves scientists from throughout the world collaborating around the
largest machine ever constructed by human beings: the LHC (Large
Hadron Collider). As the new experiment at CERN proceeds in its
exploration of the mysterious energy that animates the universe, scientists
and artists guide us towards the shadow line where science and art, in
different ways, pursue truth and beauty.
Some of these men and women believe in god, while others believe only
in experiment and doubt. But in their search for truth they are all alert to
an elusive sixth – or seventh – sense: the sense of beauty.
An unmissable opportunity for lovers of science, of beauty, or of both.



Organized by the Dante's Society as part of the celebrations for the Festa della Musica 2019​. With the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.
The program included pieces and arias by a selection of notable Italian composers (Tomaso Albinoni, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Antonio Vivaldi).
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Koerner Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music 
1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Alberto Testa’s Lyrics: 
The new songs of Italy’s 'economic miracle' of the 1960s

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2019, 6:30 PM 
Vancouver Maritime Museum 
1905 Ogden Ave., Vanier Park, Vancouver  
An evening devoted to music — playing, reading, discussing Italian songs made famous by Mina, Tony Renis, Domenico Modugno, Iva Zanicchi, Ornella Vanoni, Claudio Villa, Rosanna Fratello, Memo Remigi, and most recently, by Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti. What these songs have in common is their lyricist, the late Alberto Testa, as it was explained by his son, UBC’s Professor Carlo Testa.
Carlo Testa has taught Italian Studies for close to three decades at UBC. His interests and publications include modern Italian and European literatures, post-World War Two Italian cinema, and the theory and practice of translation, especially of modern lyrical poetry.

To Publish or Self-Publish in the Digital Age?
Wed. Dec 4, 2019, 7.00 pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre (Room 4) 
Olympic Village, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 0B1
A lively Q&A event with writer-cum-publisher Michael Mirolla and self-publisher Michele Amitrani on writing, publishing & self-publishing.
Michael Mirolla is the author of over a dozen works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, and a three-time winner of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His novel Berlin was a finalist for the Indie and National Book Awards. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael is also the publisher and editor in chief of Guernica Editions (Toronto).
Michele Amitraniwrites and self-publishes Sci-Fi in Italian and has recently published his first Fantasy in English, Lord of Time. He is the founder of www.CrediNellaTuaStoria.com, a leading book marketing and self-publishing platform in Italy and the host of Credi Crea, a weekly podcast in Italian that interviews successful authors.

"From Leonardo to the Microchip: Italian Creativity and Innovation in the Economy of the Future A talk by Roberto Bonzio ​(in English)"

Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Museum of Vancouver (Joyce Walley Hall) 
1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9

A lively multimedia performance celebrating the power of unconventional thinking as a driver of innovation at the crossroads between counterculture and hi-tech through portraits of inspiring figures, some with Italian names: from Lawrence Ferlinghetti, patriarch of the Beat Generation, to Adriano Olivetti, visionary entrepreneur from Ivrea, and Federico Faggin from Vicenza, who created the first microchip and invented the touch technology.
Roberto Bonzio left the newsroom and a full-time job at the international news agency Reuters in Milan to found “Italiani di Frontiera” (Frontier Italians), an innovative project investigating the secrets of talent conceived as a one-man-band journalistic adventure. With a strong presence on online and offline media, more than 250 live storytelling events hosted by top companies and institutions in Italy and abroad, a book published in 2015 and inspirational tours across the Silicon Valley for professionals of any industry, Roberto Bonzio has been nominated Alumnus of the Year by Venice University Ca’ Foscari for his original work.

The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

 For the promotion of Italian language and culture