Voglia d’Italia is a society based in Tickhill, near Doncaster, that serves to promote and celebrate Italian culture. Ten meetings are held per year, typically on the first Friday of each month, during which there is a guest speaker on some aspect of Italian culture.
The society was formed over ten years ago by a group of people interested in the Italian way of life. It now consists of a varied mix of people such as native Italians, teachers of the Italian language, people who have holiday homes in Italy and many people who just enjoy visiting Italy. The Italian language ability also varies greatly, from fluent speakers to people with only a few words. All are catered for at the meetings.
The meetings are held once a month on a Friday evening and usually take the following format: a short time to settle down with a sample of wine to try, a presentation by a guest speaker on an Italian subject for between 60 and 90 minutes, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits with everybody just mixing and having a chat. Italian speakers are able to find a corner and chat in Italian to keep their skills up, and welcome learners of any level to practise what they know, or maybe you just want to sit and listen to this beautiful language.
Although this is our normal practice, some of our meetings take a different form. There is a members’ night and usually there are two party evenings with Italian games and quizzes.
Members’ night gives all our members the chance to put a small presentation together and talk about their favourite Italian subject, giving a very different insight into life in Italy. Previous themes have included: the Italian education system by an Italian teacher, selling luxury power boats in Italy and working in the Opera Arena in Verona.
Everyone is welcome, non-Italian speakers and Italian speakers alike.
Non-members enjoy all the benefits of membership, described above, for a nominal fee which is deductible if they subsequently decide to join. See Membership Tab for details.
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