November 13, 2013

Movie Night: Roman Holiday

Thursday 14th of November, 7pm

Arts Block, room 4050A

September 25, 2013

Italian Society Annual Reception

ItSoc - wine reception 2013

March 16, 2013

Housing and urbanization: is the “concrete jungle” the only way to go?

On the 20th of March at 7pm in the Joly Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, the Italian Society will host the talk:
Housing and urbanization: is the “concrete jungle” the only way to go?

held by Benedetta Colombo, architect at FAI, the Italian National Trust, with the mission of protecting the Italian’s natural heritage (more information on FAI at

In the talk our guest will firstly analyze how the use of the land has changed in the recent years both in Europe and in Italy. In particular the speaker will focus on the missed opportunities for the re-qualification of the urban spaces. Then, she will show photographs to discuss the campaigns undertaken by FAI to preserve the Italian landscape; their successes and their failures. In this way, she will present the alternatives to the current urbanisation plans; she will highlight the role of Europe and how landscape architecture must be taken in greater consideration in the future.

January 29, 2013

Cisco’s Concert-Lecture on the rediscovery of Irish and Italian folk music

The Italian Society is proud to present a very special event, a concert-lecture from Cisco and his orchestra!

Stefano “Cisco” Bellotti is an Italian singer and songwriter who rose to fame after the many years he spent playing with the popular folk-rock band Modena City Ramblers.
Cisco’s passion for music has roots both in classic rock bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd; and in the tradition of Italian songwriters such as Fabrizio de Andre’ and Francesco Guccini. However, it was while listening to The Pogues that Cisco developed a great interest in folk music, which finally led to his discovery of Irish folk artists such as Christy Moore and the Chieftains, as well as Eastern European and Southern American traditional music. Since then, his music has been characterised by a mix of folk melodies and punk energy, combined with poetic  lyrics; and often dealing with political and social issues.

During his years with the Modena City Ramblers, Cisco toured extensively around Italy, Europe and also South America. He performed with artists such as Van Morrison, Cranberries and Deep Purple.  Modena City Ramblers’ albums feature contributions from several international artists such as Terry  Woods from the Pogues. Cisco left the band after 14 years in 2005, having sold over 700,000 albums with them, and has pursued a solo career ever since.

The concert-lecture will take place in the Printing House on Friday the 1st of February. Cisco will give a short lecture about the importance of rediscovering and reliving traditional music, and perform an acoustic concert afterwards.

More information about Cisco’s visit to Ireland can be found here:

December 7, 2012

Gabriele Salvatores: Quo Vadis, Baby?

This coming Tuesday at 7pmMaxwell theatre, in the Hamilton building!

November 30, 2012

Wine tasting evening










The Italian Society is holding a wine tasting event for members during which you will have the chance to try 12 different types of wine, 6 Red and 6 White.

The evening is being hosted in Pacino’s on Suffolk street on the4th of December at 7pm. Tickets €10 for members, 20 places max!

November 28, 2012

Gabriele Salvatores: Nirvana

Jimi (Christopher Lambert), a successful computer game designer, finds that his latest product has been infected by a virus which has given consciousness to the main character of the game, Solo (Diego Abatantuono). Tormented by the memory of his girlfriend Lisa’s (Emmanuelle Seigner) mysterious disappearanceand begged by Solo to end its useless “life”, Jimi begins a search for people who can help him both to discover what happened to Lisa and to delete his game before it is released. (Review here: )

We will be screening “Nirvana, 1997” directed by Gabriele Salvatores, on Thursday, 29th November. Time and venue to follow!

November 20, 2012

Davide Dotti and Caravaggio’s copyists

Following the recent sensational discovery in Castello Sforzesco, Milan, of nearly a hundred drawings
attributed to Caravaggio, a dispute regarding their authenticity soon ensued.
Davide Dotti, a young art critic and a columnist for the newspaper “Il Sole 24 ore”, disproved Caravaggio’s
paternity of the drawings, and showed that the drawings were actually the product of copyists.
Mr. Dotti is going to present his findings on the 27th of November, at 7.00 pm,
in the History Conversation Room, GMB, in a talk titled “Caravaggio and the contested attribution of one
hundred drawings of the Castello Sforzesco, Milan “.
The talk will be introduced by Adrian Le Harivel, the curator of the British Art Department at the National
Gallery of Ireland.

October 8, 2012

Annual Reception with the ITSoc!

We would like to give you a warm welcome to yet another year in the Italian Society!
We are going to inaugurate the new academic year in style with our first get together: a reception with Italian food and drinks!
We will have this gathering on Wednesday, 10th October at 7pm in the Atrium. Join us for a bite or a drink and, hopefully, some
Italian conversation! We will also tell you about a number of the events we are organizing this year.
The event is free for all members, so if you’re not a member you’d better join! You can also renew your membership if you haven’t had the chance yet. Look for our desk during the reception.
The Italian Society Committee
March 9, 2012

The Euro forecast: more storms or bright skies ahead?

The TCD Italian Society is pleased to announce a conference on the Euro-zone crisis.

Fiscal austerity in so-called PIIGS countries, such as Ireland and Italy, may be viewed as a constraint to national sovereignty. But what is the role of the common currency in the wider European project? Are PIIGS’ governments still in a position to promote economic development? What reforms are desirable at the European level over the medium-long term? These are some of the questions we will address with the help of our guest speakers:

Prof. Guido Ascari (University of Pavia)
Prof. John FitzGerald (ESRI, TCD)
Prof. Philip Lane (TCD)

When: 14/3/2012, from 19.00 to 21.00.

Where: Trinity College Dublin; Thomas Davis Theatre (ground floor, Arts Building)