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Thursday, May 7, 2009


Exhibition focusing on Italy to be held from May 7 to 9.

The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in Italy 1889, and was named after Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest writers and poets in Italian history, whose powerful and experimental verses contributed to the unification of the Italian language.

The Dante Alighieri Society, KwaZulu-Natal Committee, was founded in 1998 in Durban by the former Italian Consul, Dr Massimo Drei. It is one of almost 500 Committees operating around the world, of which nearly 400 are outside Italian territory (in Africa there are 10, four in South Africa operating in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pietermaritzburg). The main role of the Society is to promote the Italian language and culture by enriching the existing Italian School (for schoolgoing children) and by organizing the Italian language courses for adults.

With the co-operation of the Italian Consulate and the Italian Club, The Dante Alighieri Society in Durban is to host a painting exhibition / competition, the aim of which is to encourage creativity and to promote new emerging artists involved in the contemporary art scene.

The intention is to create an opportunity of aggregation and evaluation of the art to promote an artistic expression devoted to Italy. The subject of the works of art will be focused on Italy: the paintings will depict landscapes, characters, imaginative creations and historical events.

The initiative is open to emerging artists who will be able to participate with a work within the ambit of the art of painting, with no restriction of the genre or techniques, ranging from oils, acrylic or water colours, etc.

Artists will display their works in a collective exhibition that will be held at the Italian Club, 82 Fairway, Durban North, from May 7 to 9 from 10h00 to 17h00. On these days the works will be available for purchase to the public – entrance is free.

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