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Open Day 2022

The new DASWA Italian Community School will open its doors to the public on SATURDAY 29th JANUARY 2022 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

Come visit the school, meet the teachers, and receive information about our courses for adults, children and teenagers.
There will be activities and workshops for kids and adults alike, as well as some delicious Italian food!


10:00am – Welcome Speech:

👉 Alessandro Vero, President of DASWA
👉 Nicolo’ Costantini, Consul of Italy in Perth
👉 Fabiana Padova, School Coordinator of DASWA


👉 Children Age 4 to 12, Classroom 121: Storytelling ‘Il bambino dai capelli di zucchero’

Guest speaker: Lawrence Rhoads

Teachers: Fabiana Padova for hands-on activities based on the story

👉 Teenagers Age 13 and up, Classroom A120: Il bambino dai capelli di zucchero’ re-invented and presented as a video with iMovie

Guest speaker: Anna Colombi Gadd

Teachers: Elisa Michelini and Ughetta Nolli

👉 Adults suitable for all ages and language level, Classroom A122: How to interpret symbols in works of art 

Teacher: Elisa Da Tos

11:30am-1:00pmTime to socialise! – Room A126/Staffroom

  • Refreshments (catering by Bonini Foods)
  • Face painting for children
  • Meet the teachers, Q&A about courses
  • Special discount on Enrolments
  • Book sale by Le Toboggan*
  • Library of Italian books available for borrowing books
  • Classrooms open for viewing of teaching and learning environments
  • Don’t take our word for it! Parents of children who attended our courses in 2021 will be available to answer questions.

*Filipa Pinto, Managing Director of Le Toboggan International Children’s online bookstore, will display a wide range of Italian books available for sale on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Serata Culturale: “La Dieta Mediterranea Patrimonio Universale dell’Umanita’ “

The “Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo” now in its 5th edition, emphasises and promotes the quality of Italian cuisine paying particular attention to the Mediterranean Diet (of which November 16 marks the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO recognition) and the style of balanced, healthy and sustainable life that it promotes, and which can be within everyone’s reach.

The Dante Alighieri Society WA joins the celebrations by proposing a “Cultural Evening” titled “La Dieta Mediterranea Patrimonio Universale dell’Umanità” which has become the typical nutritional system of the populations that, until the 1950s, colonised the Mediterranean basin.

The “Serata Culturale” will have our Consul, Nicolò Costantini, introducing the evening highlighting the importance to promote the quality of the Italian cuisine. The evening will be presented by our Chairperson, Alessandro Vero, who as a Pharmacist started a course of studies that has made him, today, a scientist of Human Nutrition, member of the NSA, Nutrition Society of Australia.


Tickets will also be available at the door  on the night of the event with EFTPOS facilities, pending on availability. Please send and email to to confirm

New Committee elected on 26/07/2019

At the Special General Meeting held on Friday 26 July a new Management Committee was elected. As per Constitution the Management Committee consists of:

  • the office holders of the Association (chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary, treasurer); and
  • not less than five and no more than seven ordinary committee members.

The new Committee was elected unopposed. The following are the new office holders of the Association:

Chairperson: Dr Alessandro Vero
Deputy Chairperson: Mr Giovanni Rossi
Secretary: Mr Rino Pellone
Treasurer: Mr Giuseppe Luna

The following are the maximum seven ordinary committee members:

Mr Raffaele Basini
Ms Margherita Cavani
Mr Gabriele Campani
Mrs Patrizia Targa
Mr Eros Nardin
Mr Luca Iovino
Mrs Imma Pellone

(from the left) Giuseppe Luna (treasurer), Luca Iovino (committee member), Imma Pellone (committee member) Rino Pellone (secretary), Patrizia Targa (committee member ), Alessandro Vero (chairperson), Eros Nardin (committee member), Gabriele Campani (committee member), Raffaele Basini (committee member), Giovanni Rossi (vice chairperson).

Margherita Compani not in the photo. She was overseas when the photo was taken.

A bio of the office holders and committee members can be found here

“Serata Culturale” May 2019

Dante Alighieri Society of WA in collaboration with Stelle Nascenti, Italo-Australian Theatre Group Inc. is proud to present a short theater performance:

Eduardo De Filippo, l’uomo e la maschera

The show is made of several comedy scenes played by the young actors from “Stelle Nascenti”, and a brilliant single act of Eduardo De Filippo “Pericolosamente” interpreted by Rino Pellone, Maria Conte and Sammy Pizzata.

Directed by Rino Pellone


Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA

In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.

Francesco Vanzetti was also one of the first presidents of Dante Alighieri Society of WA.

This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.

The lectures are free and more info can be found here.

“Serata Culturale” April 2019

“Dante and his Comedy: From the Past to the Present” by Irene Guidotti


The event will deal with a historical literary itinerary dedicated to some of the passages and the most famous characters of Dante’s Divine Comedy. We will travel the places known to Dante during the exile and what is still visible today.

About the speaker

Irene Guidotti holds a BA from the University of Florence in Literature and Communication Science and an MA in Librarianship from Monash University (Melbourne).

In the past, she collaborated with the Manuscript Collection at the State Library of Victoria and is currently Digitisation Coordinator and Research Repository Librarian at Monash University. As an ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) associate member and social media coordinator, she is involved in events and activities in Victoria.

She specialises in archival research and in the study of 18th and 19th-century documents, with a particular focus on manuscripts of archaeological interest.

Irene presented the outcomes of her research at International conferences in Europe and published in peer-reviewed publications.

In 2008, she participated in the organisation of the exhibition “Mugello, the cradle of the Renaissance: Giotto, Beato Angelico, Donatello e i Medici” and worked at the Tourist Office of Unione Montana dei Comuni del Mugello between 2008 and 2009.

Members Free – Visitors Donation

Venue: Dante Alighieri Society Western Australia, Unit 3/239 Fitzgerald Street, Perth, WA 6005

Date and Time: 26/04/2019 at 7.30pm

“Serata Culturale” March 2019



Bagaglio in eccesso. Duration: 4:00 mins (2015)

“This short film talks about a young couple that is about to take a flight to Paris, but his luggage has an excess weight. The only way to take that flight is therefore to lighten it, but the seemingly simple operation will prove to be a difficult task, because the man has something to hide.”

Domani smettoDuration: 10:30 mins (2016)

An actress’s audition becomes the way to retrace in an amusing and melancholic way the meaning of the choices of an entire career.”

Gaiwan. Duration: 3:00 mins

“A cemetery. Two men. An unusual ritual in front of a tomb will arouse judgment, a sarcastic preconception in the first instance, then wonder and reflection. A parable about the hope that men have in common beyond their prejudices.”

Lila. Duration: 8:30 mins (2014)

“The protagonist of this short film is Lila, a girl who has the ability to “adjust” reality through her drawings. The short film is very beautiful, as well as for the music and the colors also for the ability to excite. I confess that every time I look at it it touches me a little.”

Ammazziamo tutti gli avvocati. Duration: 5:30 mins

“Created for the Shakespeare Fest Globe Theater, Rome and directed by Gigi Proietti.”