Group of the Week: The Falkirk Dante Alighieri Society

The Falkirk Dante Alighieri Society celebrate and promote Italian culture. Picture: Alan Murray
The Falkirk Dante Alighieri Society celebrate and promote Italian culture. Picture: Alan Murray

For more than 50 years the Dante Alighieri Society in Falkirk has been celebrating the culture of Italy through its food, wine, music and language.

Dante Alighieri was a legendary poet in the Middle Ages based in Florence and is the author of the ‘Divine Comedy’, a masterpiece of world literature.

The Dante Alighieri Society was founded in his honour in Rome in 1899 to further the understanding of all things Italian but it took until February 12, 1963 for the Falkirk group to be formed by former Falkirk High School rector Hunter Cran – who had served in Italy during World War 2.

The group has a 30-strong membership and organises weekly Italian classes and monthly evenings with guest speakers with an annual membership fee of just £15.

Talks are based on scores of subjects from stuff about Dante himself from academics, Italian operas, art, historical characters and regions of Italy as well as the society’s much-loved meal outings and ‘pasta supper’.

WHO: Dante Alighieri Society

WHERE: Old People’s Welfare Hall, Mary Street, Laurieston

WHEN: Third Wednesday of month, 7.30 p.m.

CONTACT: President Ian Ludbrook, (01324) 553805

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