SAIS Christmas Dinner
The SAIS Christmas Dinner took place on Sunday 15th December at O Sole Mio in Port Solent. The atmosphere, company and food were excellent. Thank you to all those that participated!
LUCI D’ARTISTA IN TURIN
“Luci d’Artista” is a fascinating contemporary art exhibition that every year lights up the squares and streets in Turin from the centre to the periphery.
The protagonists of this great outdoor show are 25 luminous artworks created by acclaimed Italian and international artists, who are transforming Piedmontese capital into a dazzling nocturnal exhibition. The 2019/2020 edition will be open until 12 January 2020. For further information and a complete map of the installation visit:
CAN ITALIANS BE PERSUADED TO SPEAK ‘SOTTO VOCE’ ON THE TRAIN?
The introduction of quiet carriages in Italy challenges stereotypes of native behaviour. The announcement that Italy’s high-speed train franchise, Frecciarossa, is introducing “quiet carriages” has been greeted with relief and irony. Of the many stereotypes about Italians, one that refuses to die is that they are loud, and even many Italians doubt that a “quiet carriage” will ever remain so. Frecciarossa’s quiet carriages will be called “Standard Silenzio”.
In some ways, Italy has earned its reputation as a rowdy country. A 2015 survey of global noise pollution placed Italy second for racket. And no self-respecting pizzeria is without a loud TV in the corner. Yet many Italians feel the stereotype is absurd.
Italians are only perceived to be loud because of their language: it is vowel-based, requiring the vibration of the vocal chords – hence its melodious quality and aptness for opera. Unlike English, Italian has no reduced vowels, so nothing is diminished or squashed. It is a syllable-timed language, whereas English is stress-timed. Italian isn’t necessarily louder, it just sounds so to an Anglo-Saxon ear because English speakers are simply unused to so many syllables.
ART OF THE MONTH
Following one of the most well-loved traditions, Milano’s Town Hall Palazzo Marino reconfirms its commitment to host precious masterpieces from Italian artists of the past to celebrate Christmas. The protagonist of this year’s exhibition at the beautiful Sala Alessi is Filippino Lippi’s “Annunciation”. The masterpiece by the Tuscan master of the Renaissance – resulting from an important loan from the collections of the city of San Gimignano and commissioned in 1482 – is spread over two large circular frames, the first featuring an Announcing Angel and the latter the Annunziata.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
TO VENICE WITH LOVE By Philipp Gwynne Jone
Philip and Caroline Jones, a middle-aged couple living in Edinburgh, found themselves facing redundancy and an uncertain future. Until they received some advice from a complete stranger in a pub. Their response was to sell everything in order to move to Venice, in search of a better, simpler life. They were wrong about the ‘simpler’ bit…
To Venice with Love recounts how they arrived in Venice with ten pieces of luggage, no job, no friends and no long-term place to stay. From struggling with the language to battling bureaucracy; the terror of teaching English to Italian teenagers, the company of a modestly friendly cat… and finally, from debugging financial systems on an Edinburgh industrial estate, to building an ordinary life in an extraordinary city,
To Venice with Love is a love-letter to a city that changed their lives. It’s a story told through the history, music, art, architecture (and, of course, the food) of La Serenissima.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
17.01 Monthly talk – La Magica storia di Pinocchio – by Paola and Leonardo (details to follow).