The Dante Alighieri Society
The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in Rome in 1889 and aims to promote the diffusion of the Italian language and culture. It is now established in most countries and major cities throughout the world.
The Dante Alighieri Society is non religious and non political and welcomes as new members all those who have a genuine interest in Italy, its language and its culture.
The Brisbane branch of the Society was re-founded in 1952 and attracts a very active group of members from all walks of life.
Monthly Cultural Events
Across the years these monthly encounters have ranged from concerts, theatre outings, lectures on Italy, past and present, Italian films (subtitled or not, according to need), music, art, cooking and so on. Cultural meetings usually take place in the 3rd week of every month and are announced in the Dante News. English and Italian feature as the languages of presentation. We encourage initiatives from members outside the management committee to suggest ideas and speakers for functions.
Language and Culture Courses
For the Brisbane Dante, these represent the greatest expression of the Society’s aims and our most important commitment of time and effort. Courses for the most part are year long in duration with an additional intake of new students in Semester two. All levels of language are taught from Monday to Thursday in the evenings and on some mornings. Children's classes are also available. In addition, circoli di cultura are offered fortnightly in Italian including, of course, un circolo dantesco.