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Celtic Connections
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Friday 23 January 2015, 7.30 pm
O2 ABC 1, 300, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic
Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to
cultures across the globe. From 15 January – 1 February 2015,
more than 2000 musicians from around the world will descend
on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts,
ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
The unique cultural traditions of Salento, in the heel of Italy’s
boot, find thrilling expression in the performances of
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, an internationally acclaimed
seven-piece ensemble whose spectacular blend of music, song
and dance centre on the ancient and mysterious traditions of
pizzica tarantata. “An electrifying whirlwind of rhythmic power
and soulful melody” RootsWorld
Tickets: £16.
For further information please visit:
or buy tickets from the box office on 0141 353 8000
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Theatre / Teatro
Tristissimo with Chiara Taviani & Carlo Massari
Friday 30 January, 2015, 7.30 pm
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7.30 pm
The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Chris Jarrett meets Luca Ciarla and the Games
Thursday 29 January 2015, 8pm
Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
The US-born, German-based pianist/composer Chris Jarrett and
Italian violinist Luca Ciarla have each carved out highly distinctive
paths across diverse musical genres, before joining forces in early
2014. Jarrett - younger brother of fêted jazz pianist Keith - has
composed for opera, ballet and film, working with poets, jazz
and world musicians as well as solo, while Ciarla’s dazzling
improvisational gifts interweave folk, jazz and classical elements.
Together, both are inspired to fresh heights of creativity.
Tickets: £14
For further information please
or buy tickets from the box office
on 0141 353 8000 In collaboration
with the Italian Cultural Institute
A contemporary elaboration of Tristan and Isolde’s tragedy. Two
lovers, strongly physically attracted, are separated by the things
they cannot control. A perfect day, a perfect world, but suddenly
it all gets twisted… BANG… just one shot, a single word, and
everything ends…
Following its very successful run of Maria Addolorata during last
year’s Fringe, CEC return to Edinburgh with a taste of its new
Partial female nudity.
Part of a triple bill.
UK Premiere
Cinema / Cinema
Theatre / Teatro
Maria Addolorata with Chiara Taviani & Carlo Massari
Italian Films at Glasgow Film Festival 2015
Saturday 31 January 2015, 7.30 pm
The Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries
18 February - 1 March 2015
Glasgow Film Theatre and venues across Glasgow
An investigation – and not a
safe one for that matter – of a
real moment of suffering and
release. Two ordinary people,
everyday contemporary victims
trying to survive events.
At the same time, trying to
survive themselves, and each
other. Marvellous, muscular
physical theatre and dance
from this leading international
award-winning company.
The suppleness and quickness of the choreography keeps the
dance moving at pitch-perfect pace… passages ripple with
gorgeous sensuality. The List
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Recognised as one of the biggest and
best film events in the UK, the awardwinning Glasgow Film Festival runs a day
longer in 2015. Generously supported
by the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian
presence in the Festival is stronger than
ever in 2015. Among the confirmed
titles set to appear at Glasgow are
Alice Rohrwacher’s fairytale-like Cannes
prize-winner Le meraviglie/The Wonders,
Francesco Munzi’s chilling journey into
family feuds Calabrian style in Anime
nere/Black Souls, the Italian comedy hit of
the year Smetto quando voglio/I Can Quit
Whenever I Like and the return of the
incomparable Gianni Di Gregorio in Buoni
a nulla/Good For Nothing.
The full programme will be launched on
Wednesday 21 January and tickets are on
sale from Monday January 26 at 10am.
In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute
Further information can be found on
or from the box-office on 0141-332-6535
In collaboration with the
Italian Cultural Institute
Theatre / Teatro
A Bench On The Road by Charioteer Theatre
Written & directed by Laura Pasetti
Friday 20 February 2015, Main Hall, Summerhall, Edinburgh
A Bench on the Road
is the result of research
commissioned in 2013
by the University of
Edinburgh under the
Italian-Scottish Research
Cluster project (ISRC).
The script, written by
Laura Pasetti, is based on archival items held by the ISRC, such
as recorded interviews and other personal documents, regarding
and involving women.
The play tells the stories of six women from 1850 to 1950. This
is the period of global Italian migration as 25 million Italians left
their country between political unification and the post WWII
economic boom, one of the largest human migrations to date.
Many thousands made their home in Scotland, especially since
the 1880s, with further migration peaks around the World Wars
and rise of Fascism, generating one of the most successful socioeconomical integrations on record. The Italo-Scottish community
constitutes a large and vibrant ethnic group in Scotland. Italians
have contributed to the development of Scotland’s identity
through time and history.
A Bench on the Road is a project in co-production with the Italian Cultural
Institute and realised with the contribution of Creative Scotland.
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The Italian Cultural Institute in
Edinburgh run a comprehensive
series of courses in Italian Language
& Culture suitable for everyone
from absolute beginners to fluent
speakers – enrolling now!
For full details pick up a leaflet or
download it from the web site
email: [email protected]
Poetry / Poesia
Poetry / Poesia
StAnza 2015 Installation: War and Poetry
Scotland’s International Poetry Festival,
St Andrews, 4 -8 March 2015
4 - 8 March 2015, 10am-10pm
(in rotation with other installations)
The Byre Theatre, Abbey St. Foyers, Free
Book launch: War and Poetry
Giuseppe Ungaretti by Giorgio Salmaso
Saturday 7 March 2015, 6.15-7.15 pm
J&G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street, St Andrews, Free
New Scottish poems inspired
by Italy’s great poet Giuseppe
Ungaretti, with Katherine
Lockton, Carlo Pirozzi.
This event launches a new Luath
anthology that contains new
translations of one of Italy’s
most respected poets, Giuseppe
Ungaretti, and allows Scottish
poets such as John Burnside,
Gerry Cambridge and Christine
De Luca amongst others to
respond to Ungaretti in their
own words.
The translator of the new English version of Ungaretti’s poems is Heather Scott.
She has contributed occasional poems and articles to literary magazines and has
translated several volumes of Italian poetry. She was born in London but has lived
in Edinburgh since 1960, and was married to the poet Tom Scott.
Italy’s great Giuseppe Ungaretti and poems he inspired.
2014 saw the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.
2015 marks the Italian centenary of that same war. Much has
been written and debated about Italy’s involvement in the war,
but how did it impact on the poets in Italy? What were they
thinking? This digital installation offers a glimpse inside a new
book on the subject.
Border Crossings
Sunday 8 March 2015, 2.15-3.15 pm
The Undercroft, St John’s House, South St. St Andrews
Reading: Ian Stephen, Anna Cristina Serra
Our final Border Crossings reading brings together two writers for
this festival’s focus on islands. Ian Stephen hails from the Isle of
Lewis and is a writer, storyteller, artist and sailor. His prose, poetry
and drama have been published internationally and garnered
several awards. Anna Cristina Serra is a Sardinian-speaking Italian
poet with four collections. She frequently judges Sardinian and
Italian national competitions and has been involved in various
educational projects promoting the Sardinian language.
Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute
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Music / Musica
Music / Musica
Roberto Prosseda in Scotland
Piano Recital Roberto Prosseda
Roberto Prosseda’s recital
Tuesday 10 March 2015, 1.10 pm Admission Free
Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh
Friday 6 March 2015, 1-2pm
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Roberto Prosseda’s sensational
discovery of new Mendelssohn
works made headlines in
Europe and lead to three
Decca releases. His albums
have won much acclaim in
the press, including the CHOC
from Le Monde de la Musique
Classique, the Diapason d’Or
and Chamber Music CD of the
Month in the UK’s Classic FM
Roberto Prosseda’s recital at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
features the Piano-pédalier. In the late 1800’s there was a
fashion for the Pedal Piano – two grand pianos stacked on top
of each other, with the bottom instrument played using pedals
much like an organ. Roberto Prosseda is the leading exponent of
this instrument in our time, and his programme features some
of those great composers, including Schumann, Gounod and
Charles Alkan.
Schumann Etudes in Canon
Form for pedal piano
Schumann Sketches for pedal
Boëly Fantaisie et Fugue
Gounod Marche Funèbre pour
une Marionnette
Alkan Benedictus
Alkan 3 Grands Préludes
Roberto Prosseda
Programme will include:
‘Mendelssohn in England and Scotland’
Four Songs without Words
Trois Fantaisies ou Caprices op. 16 Variations sérieuses op. 54 Fantaisie op. 28 ‘Scottish Sonata’ Supported by Bru Zane Foundation
Roberto Prosseda will also play on Saturday, 7 March 2015,
6.30 pm in Crear, Kilberry, Argyll
Tickets: £11 (£8.50)
RCS Box office: 0141 332 5057 |
In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute
Roberto Prosseda
Cinema / Cinema
Cinema / Cinema
Italian Film Festival in Scotland
6 – 19 March 2015
Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, DCA Dundee and
other venues
China is Near
The annual Italian Film Festival has been delighting audiences
for more than twenty years and has become an unmissable part
of the cultural calendar. The loyal support of the Italian Cultural
Institute and core venues across Scotland has allowed the Festival
to screen the very best of new Italian cinema and celebrate the
rich heritage of the country’s filmmakers and stars. The 2015
Festival will feature some of the most noteworthy Italian films
of the past year and restored gems from the past. Among the
titles expected at the Festival are Mario Martone’s sumptuous
dramatisation of the life of poet Giacomo Leopardi Il giovane
favoloso / Leopardi starring Elio Germano and a restoration of
Marco Bellocchio’s celebrated satire on class conflict and social
climbing La Cina è vicina / China is Near. The Festival will also
mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini
with screenings of some of his most admired and enduring films. Further information:
Organised in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh.
Il giovane favoloso/Leopardi
Full programme
details will be
available in February
from the Italian
Film Festival’s
website and from
the host venues
Theatre / Teatro
Cinema / Cinema
Le voci di dentro (Inner Voices, 1948)
by Eduardo De Filippo
18–19 March 2015, 7.30pm
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh
Eduardo De Filippo
Eduardo De Filippo is among Italy’s most prolific and distinguished
contemporary playwrights of the 20th Century. Strongly
influenced by the social milieu of his native Naples, his plays
continue to be highly regarded and performed internationally
more than thirty years after his death in 1984.
Le voci di dentro is set in
Naples, in the aftermath
of WW2. In a typical
Neapolitan tenement,
middle-aged Alberto
Saporito accuses his good
neighbours, the Cimarrutas
family, of murdering his
friend Aniello.
Crisscrossing between black comedy and drama, De Filippo’s story
of people embittered by the war still resonates, today more than
ever, with our contemporary world of suspicion, social mistrust,
and ultimately the inescapable frailty of human nature.
Performed in Italian and Neapolitan by students of the
University of Edinburgh
Organized by Luana Babini & Mara Mari Kirkwood
(University of Edinburgh). In collaboration with the
Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
Tickets: £7
Bookings: [email protected]
Pasolini’s Passion by Prof. Paolo Valesio
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Italian Department, University of Edinburgh
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the
greatest Italian intellectuals of the 20th century: Pier Paolo
Pasolini, poet and filmmaker, essayist and novelist. The Italian
Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the University of
Edinburgh, the Filmhouse and the Cineteca di Bologna, have
organized a series of events to celebrate his life and work.
The talk “Pasolini’s Passion” by Paolo Valesio, Giuseppe Ungaretti
Professor Emeritus in Italian Literature, Columbia University, and
President of the Centro Studi Sara Valesio in Bologna. A screening
of Pasolini’s short film “La ricotta”, 1962 and the documentary
“Location Hunting in Palestine” (“Sopralluoghi in Palestina”,
1963) will follow.
Cinema / Cinema
Crime Literature
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Stefano Tura in conversation with Giuliana Pieri
Thursday 26 March 2015
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Thursday 16 April 2015, 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
Pasolini on the set of Il Vangelo
secondo Matteo
Screening of “The Gospel
According to St.Matthew”
(Il Vangelo secondo Matteo,
1964), which just celebrated
its 50th anniversary in 2014.
The film uses the Gospel of
St. Matthew as a direct source
for the screenplay and was
shot with non-professional
actors on various locations
in Central and Southern Italy,
among which the famous Sassi
of Matera. Among its many
awards, the Special Jury Prize
at the XXV Venice Film Festival
and the prize of the Office
Catholique International du
Cinéma (OCIC), the highest
Roman Catholic prize for
The Film will be introduced by Prof. Paolo Valesio
The Filmhouse will also host the photographic exhibition of stills from Pasolini’s
film by Angelo Novi, who worked on the set of the “The Gospel” with Pasolini.
Stefano Tura
Detective stories seem to be
immune to crisis and recession.
The more popular characters
have been fictionalised on
television and have now become
household names. One for all,
the much-loved Commissario
Montalbano, now famous both
sides of the Atlantic which
reaches wide audiences at every
re-run of old episodes.
How do they manage to be so captivating? Why readers enjoy
them so much? What is the secret of their success? Stefano Tura,
detective story writer, and Giuliana Pieri, academic, will explore
the enduring success of this literary genre.
Stefano Tura, journalist and writer, is London correspondent for RAI TV since
2006. After several years working for RAI as a reporter on current affairs in Italy,
in 1999 he became a war correspondent from Kosovo, then Afghanistan, Iraq,
Sudan. He has written several thriller books, including Il killer delle ballerine, Non
spegnere la luce, Arriveranno I fiori del sangue (set in war-torn Kosovo), Delitti
per le feste. He has also recounted his experiences in Afghanistan in Le caramelle
di Super Osama – Viaggio a Kandahar di un inviato di Guerra. His latest book is
Tu sei il prossimo (published by Fazi Editore).
Giuliana Pieri is Reader in Italian and the Visual Arts at Royal Holloway, London.
Her research interests include visual culture in the 20th century, comparative
literature and culture from the 19th to 21st centuries, modern Italian literature,
especially the 21C detective novel. She is the author of Italian Crime Fiction, the
first study in the English language on Italian detective and noir fiction from the
Fascist period to the present day.
Crime Literature
Opera / Opera
Maurizio De Giovanni
in conversation with Raffaella Ocone
Thursday 23 April 2015, 6pm
Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh
Central Library of Edinburgh, 7-9 George IV Bridge
16 February – 13 April 2015, Mondays from 6.30pm to 8pm
Maurizio De Giovanni, detective
story writer, and Raffaella Ocone,
academic, will continue to
explore the enduring success of
detective stories and specifically
those set in Naples.
Maurizio De Giovanni lives and works
in Naples. In 2005, he won a writing
competition for unpublished authors
with a short story set in the thirties about
Inspector Ricciardi; this story became
Maurizio De Giovanni
the first novel in a series. The Crocodile,
another best-seller, marked the
beginning of a new crime-series set in present-day Naples and featuring Inspector
Lojacono. De Giovanni’s books have been translated into French, Spanish and
German, and are now available in English for the first time, published by Europa
Editions. A television series is under way in Italy.
Raffaella Ocone is an engineer and academic. With a first degree from her
native Italy and a masters and doctorate from Princeton in the US, she is an
internationally known researcher in the area of the modelling of complex systems
applied to the energy and petrochemical industries. Her written academic
contributions are of a technical nature, but she is fascinated by crime stories
and the technical precision of making them work. She has long enjoyed reading
Scandinavian noir literature and then… along came Commissario Ricciardi.
Introduction to Italian Opera
The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to announce a new
course “Introduction to Italian Opera”, either in Italian or English
according with the requirements of the class.
Pamela Recinella will lead you
through the compelling history of the
development of Italian opera, from the
first forms of ‘drama in music’ found
in Monteverdi, the Italian works of
Mozart, classic repertoire pieces by
Rossini, Verdi and Puccini, through to
the recent experimental approaches
of Luigi Nono and Luciano Berio.
Each class will provide an overview
of the historical period in which the
composer lived, his biography, musical
La Fenice Opera House in Venice
style, and focus on a celebrated
(Photo Michele Crosere)
opera representative of his best work.
Participants will experience the best recordings and productions
of such works as Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Norma, Lucia di
Lammermoor, Aida, Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Promoteo
from the world’s major opera houses and festivals.
Pamela Recinella studied at the University of Bologna under Umberto Eco before
moving to Venice for a Master’s in Directing, studying with Dario Fo, Romeo
Castellucci and Ezio Toffolutti.
For more information please visit:
Information / Informazioni
Library access
Why study Italian at the Italian Cultural
Institute, Edinburgh?
The library is open to the public Monday – Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday
9am-12noon. Access to the library is free, books and magazines
may be consulted in the two reading rooms which seat 15 people.
The catalogue of the library is available on-line. The library and the
film library are constantly enriched and updated thanks also to the
contributions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation and the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, as well as
donations from publishers and private individuals.
Students are keen to study at our Institute because:
the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, offers a comprehensive range of courses
courses comprise the 6 different levels of language competence acquisition according to the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages Intensive Summer Italian Language Courses available July & August
The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, is the only centre
in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the CILS examinations (University for Foreigners, Siena), to certify the knowledge of Italian as a foreign language
courses are taught by trained Italian teachers
the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, provides proof of attendance and proficiency
students may be offered grants / scholarships to attend courses in Italy (language, culture, history of art)
students attending our classes may consult the library and
the video library
students receive information and invitations to cultural events organised by the Institute
Please look at the class calendar of the courses organised by the
Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh.
The library of the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh has around
7000 books, 1800 videos and DVDs, 150 CDs and CD-ROMs,
wide selections of reviews, magazines and newspapers.
Members of the Italian Institute enjoy the following benefits:
Discounts on selected Italian restaurants and retailers
Newsletter with information on the Institute activities
Room hire for private receptions at reduced price
Invitations to special events not open to general public
Concessions for cultural events organized by the Institute in other venues
Free access to library borrowing facilities and loan of Italian
videos, upon deposit for £ 30.00 (cash or not-dated cheque)
Corporate membership, £ 50.00, plus £ 50.00 deposit for the loan of videos
Choice of Membership:
Individual: £ 35.00 - Renewal: £ 25.00 Concessions*: £ 30.00 - Renewal: £ 20.00
Friends and Family: £ 50.00 – Renewal: £ 40.00 Corporate: £ 60.00 – Renewal: £ 50.00
* Under 18, Full-time student, Senior citizens, Unwaged, Disabled
Opening times:
Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-12noon
Front cover image:
Tristissimo with Chiara Taviani & Carlo Massari
Collated for the Italian Institute by Luisa Matera.
The Institute reserves the right to alter the programme
without notice. Programme Design: Andy McGregor
The Italian Cultural Institute wishes
to thank the following sponsors
Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre
St. Andrew Square
19 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh