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If you would like to propose an event,

please contact our Cultural Events Coordinator,

Dr. Arianna Dagnino

at aridag@me.com

Past Events

The Campfire of Italian Stories - Il Falò dei Racconti
Celebrating Italian Summer with the Dante Society of BC
Multiple talks (in Italian)

Tuesday July 6, 2021
at 7:00 pm PDT
Online event via Zoom
In English & Italian

Gather around a virtual campfire for an evening of storytelling & conversation
on Italian culture & traditions.


We discovered Novara's rice fields and the secrets for a perfect risotto, the ancient flavours of Sicily, the art of frescoes, life in Florence in the '60s through the eyes of a (then) young Canadian, & so much more!

Italy's Secret Gem:
Friuli Venezia Giulia
4 evenings to discover a surprising, little-known part of Italy
A talk by Patrizia Pietroniro

Thursday, May 27, June 10, June 24 & Tuesday June 29, 2021
at 7:00 pm PDT
Online event via Zoom
In English
FREE ADMISSION for Dante's members
$10/4 episodes for non-members

Get off the beaten path & find an authentic way of appreciating Italy! 
With Patrizia Pietroniro, we explored Friuli’s complex history through its UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ancient Roman city of Aquileia & Renaissance star city of Palmanova. She discussed the Friulan culture & language, hybrid cuisine, & the strong bond between Canada & Friuli
We discovered the city of Gorizia, the 2025 European Capital of Culture, & how Trieste preserves its unique border-town culture.

Architectural Portraits: Exploring the relationship between body, design & the built environment
A talk by photographer & architect Oliviero Godi

Thursday, May 13, 2021

at 5:00 pm PST

Online Event via Zoom

In English

FREE ADMISSION for Dante Society's Members - $5 for non-members

The human being – so fragile, so ethereal, speaking a sweet language. A piece of architecture – so physically immanent, so solid, speaking a language of hardness.​

Italian photographer & architect Oliviero Godi explored the relationship between the body & the material, the transient & the permanent, in search of the correct balance where neither element prevails.

Dante's Odyssey: An Apocalypse Now - Tales from an inner journey
A talk by filmmaker Max Leonida

Thursday, April 22, 2021

at 6:30 pm PST

Online Event via Zoom

In English

FREE ADMISSION for Dante Society's Members - $10 for non-members

Francis Ford Coppola’s epic war film is the arrival point of an artistic & spiritual thread that connects Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Divine Comedy & Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. In this talk, the intimate connection between these three masterpieces was fully explained & revealed, strongly corroborated by literary sources, historical facts, philosophical phenomena & cultural references.

Hanging out with Galileo: The Man, His Life, His Science - A talk by Dr. Luciano Canova

Friday, March 26, 2021

at 12:00 pm PST

Online Event via Zoom

In English

FREE ADMISSION for Dante Society's Members - $5 for non-members

Behind Galileo’s famous beard & gruff eyes lies the story of a man with all his flaws & weaknesses.

Yet a man who, more than any of his contemporaries, set the tone for a modern way of doing science.


Italian economist Luciano Canova talked about Galileo’s extraordinary life & the way he taught us to debunk fake news using “hard-boiled eggs”.

How Olivetti Invented the World's First Desktop Computer & Put the Soul in the Machine - A talk by Dr. Arthur Molella

Thursday, March 11, 2021

at 5:00 pm PST

Online Event via Zoom

In English

FREE ADMISSION for Dante Society's Members - $5 for non-members

An Italian company Olivetti invented the world’s first desktop computer in 1965, well ahead of major computer companies.

The revolutionary little machine, called Programma 101 (now in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art) was the seed of a process that eventually disrupted the whole mainframe computer business. It was the product of a sweeping utopian project of company president Adriano Olivetti, who aimed to transform the relationship between technology, art, society & the human spirit.

This lecture explored the associations between his ideology, his reinvention of the Olivetti company town of Ivrea in northern Italy & Programma 101.

From the Renaissance to the Italian Factor - A talk by Italian sociologist Francesco Morace

Thursday, February 25, 2021

at 5:00 pm PST

Online Event via Zoom

In English


The very essence of Italianness can be summed up in specific elements that make the Italian Way to design thinking unique: human values, tailor-made, artistic touch, taste, attention to detail & the pursuit of excellence.


In this webinar Italian sociologist Francesco Morace identified & present values & behaviours that, taken together, constitute the Italian Factor. Especially in this Covid phase of radical change, these elements might prove to be consistent with the new paradigms of the future: Unique & Universal, Crucial & Sustainable, Trust & Sharing, Quick & Deep.

So, you want to buy a place in Italy. Now, what?

Thursday, February 4, 2021

at 6:30 pm PST

Online By Donation Event via Zoom

In English

It’s the stuff dreams are made of.  You’re sitting on your stone terrazza overlooking the valley & you’re sipping on a 2016 Brunello you bought in the local enotecaIt’s the dream Canadian couple Silvana Saccomani & Graham Wetter had. Today, they own a lovely apartment in the hilltop Renaissance town of Montepulciano in Tuscany.

In this light-hearted presentation, the couple shared the lessons learned in their experience of buying & renovating a place in the bel paese, the ups & downs, feeling like a local &, most importantly, would they do it all over again?

Leonardo & the Italian Idea of Technique - From Painting to Engineering 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

at 6:30 pm PST

Online By Donation Event via Zoom

In English

Online Lecture by Dr. Luca Cottini

Creator & Host of the Youtube Show Italian Innovators

Prof. Luca Cottini explored the Italian idea of technique on the Italian humanistic approach to technology in construction, engineering & manufacturing from Leonardo da Vinci to the Present.

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Blessed or Damned? 
Italian recipes with a Dantesque twist!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

at 12:00 noon PST

Online By Donation Event via Zoom

In English

To celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Dante Alighieri Society of BC presents Italian Chef Claudia Fraschini, who launched her book of Italian recipes inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy titled Beata o Dannata? La Divina Commedia è servita (Trenta Editore, Milan).

For the occasion, Chef Fraschini showcased the preparation of two of the intriguing recipes featured in the book.

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Four Evenings with Dante &
his Divine Comedy - At the roots of medieval spirituality, symbolism & imagination

Free 4-episode Webinar in English on Zoom

from 6:30 to 8:00 PM (PT)

Dec. 7, 2020: Dante's life & his source of inspiration: Beatrice

Dec. 14, 2020: The Divine Comedy: Inferno

Dec. 21, 2020: The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio

Dec. 28, 2020: The Divine Comedy: Paradiso

A medieval journey with UBC 

Prof. Daniela Boccassini

into Dante's Divine Comedy to discover the spiritual messages, allegories, and powerful visions hidden in the best known of Italian poems written 700 years ago.

This event is been organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

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The Language of Music: An Italian Affair

October 21, 2020

from 7:30 to 9:00 PM (PT)

Free Online Event

in English


A demo webinar with Maestro

Carlo Fierens: a talk on the relevance of Italian Language in the history of Western Music.

Music samples have been performed by Carlo Fierens on classical guitar.

This event is been organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver as part of celebrations for the Week of the Italian Language in the World.

Art & Wine: A Grand Tour through Italy

Four Online Episodes

from 6:30 to 8:15 PM (PT)

#1 October 1, 2020: Italy, young country?

#2 October 22, 2020: Piemonte (part 1)

#3 November 12, 2020: Sardegna

#4 December 3, 2020: Toscana (part 1)

Follow Italian architect and sommelier, Giulietta Roz, on a Grand Tour of Italy's diversity through

art and wine.

Discover hidden gems of local art, architecture, nature and learn how to enjoy regional wines.

From Leonardo to the

January 21, 2020, 7:00 PM
Museum of Vancouver (Joyce Walley Hall) 
1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver

A talk by Italian journalist Roberto Bonzio 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

Alberto Testa’s Lyrics

October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum 
1905 Ogden Ave., Vanier Park, Vancouver  

An evening devoted to music — playing, reading, discussing Italian pop songs of the 1960s-1970s. 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.

The Vancouver Cello in Quartet

June 21, 2019, 7:30 pm
Koerner Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music 
1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

The program included pieces and arias by a selection of notable Italian composers (Tomaso Albinoni, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Antonio Vivaldi).

With the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

To Publish or Self-Publish in the Digital Age?

December 4, 2019, 7.00 pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Olympic Village, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

A lively Q&A event with writer-cum-publisher Michael Mirolla and self-publisher Michele Amitrani on writing, publishing & self-publishing.

The Sense of Beauty: Art & Science at CERN

September 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Screen viewing and Q&A with the film director Valerio Jalongo. The documentary 

shows how in the exploration of the energy that animates the universe science and art, in

different ways, pursue truth and beauty.

A Concert for Piano & Violin

June 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm 
Koerner Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music
1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

With Maestros David Gillham (violin) and Chihar Iinuma (piano). The program proposed pieces by the most notable Italian composers including Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolò Paganini, Ottorino Respighi and Tommaso Vitali. With the support of the Consulate General of Italy.

From Doom to Bloom

5 December, 2017, 6:30pm
The Roundhouse - Room B

Professor Daniela Boccassini, 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. Dante's world-famous Commedia, composed 700 years ago during times of hardship, resonates
more than ever with the ring of truth.

A concert for piano with Maestro Domenico Mongelli

June 20, 2017, 6:30pm
St Paul's Anglican Church
1130 Jervis St, Vancouver

With Maestro Domenico Mongelli playing pieces by BC composers David Gordon Duke and Adriane Lake as well as by Claude Debussy, Frans Schubert and César Franck.

Made in Italy or
Made in China?

According to conventional wisdom, while Italian fashion represents creativity and refined style, mass production characterizes ‘Made in China’ garments. Dr. Gaoheng Zhang’s talk focused on the textile and clothing industry in Prato, Italy, which has become emblematic of the presumed conflicts between these two modes of manufacturing.

April 10, 2017, 6.00 pm
UBC Robson Square (Theatre) 
800 Robson St, Vancouver

In cerca di autore:
Luigi Pirandello

31 March 2017, 10:00am - 2:00pm UBC Buchanan B Penthouse 
Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver

A special event in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello.

Organized by Italian Studies at UBC in collaboration with The Dante Society and the Consulate General of Italy

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First AGM & Roundtable

29 November 2016, 6:30pm  Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver

Formal AGM and talk on the history of espresso coffee and the role of coffee culture by Brian Turko of "Milano Coffee. The talk was followed by a roundtable on coffee shops, culture, & nurturing held by "Italian Moms in Vancouver”.

Italian Day on the Drive

June 12, 2016 by “Piazza Italia”, on 3rd Avenue and Commercial

Italian street artist 

“Pepe Gaka” (Giuseppe Percivati, www.pepegaka.com) painted live on canvas a replica of Dante Alighieri’s portrait by 

Renaissance painter Boccaccio.
Organized at La Dante’s corner during “Italian Day on the Drive"

January 27, 2016, 7:00 pm Vancouver Central Public Library

Public lecture held by Dr Arianna Dagnino on the need to conceive urban spaces and buildings that promote the inclusion of new people and new cultures in times of increasing migratory flows.

organized in collaboration with ARPICO

La Dante's Inaugural concert

December 4, 2015, 6:30 pm

Pyatt Hall, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music,

843 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Maestro Domenico Mongelli played pieces by Frédéric Chopin. Dr. Arianna Dagnino introduced the recital with a short talk on "Italy and Chopin."

Image by Aditya Chinchure