Programme 2017 – 2018



Wednesday 13 September 
The Making of a Modern Mosaic: an illustrated talk by Barbara Shepherd
Dolomites – Mountains of Character: an illustrated talk by Mike Evans
Montalbano’s Sicily: an illustrated talk by Howard Bottomley

October 19 – 23 2017
Visit of the Amici di Chichester

Friday 20 October 
Annual Dinner with the Ravennati: Vicars’ Hall

Thursday 9 November 
Ravennatus and Noviomagus – a Godly symmetry: an illustrated talk by Nicholas Frayling

Monday 11 December 
A Musical Evening: performance by students from the University of Chichester


Tuesday 16 January 
La terra di vino e cibi: an illustrated talk by Alessandro di Carluccio’s

Tuesday 13 February 
Renaissance Italy: The Birth of Naturalism in Art: an illustrated talk by Frank Ferrie

Tuesday 13 March
Early Italian Music: an illustrated talk by a member of the University of Chichester

Opera Visit
Thursday March 22
Visit to Welsh National Opera performance of ‘Tosca’ by Puccini at the Mayflower Theatre Southampton

Wednesday 18 April 
In the Folds of the Apennines: an illustrated talk by Angela Petch

Wednesday 9 May 
Vineyards and wines of Italy: an illustrated talk by Fab de Liberali

Wednesday 20  June AGM followed by talk

Richard Whincop in Calabria

Richard Whincop’s adventures in Italy

In his talk to Friends of Ravenna in March Richard described how he painted a series of five murals in Cosenza in Calabria. These are now displayed on the walls of the old centre as part of the Museo Storico all’Aperto.  If you go to his website here  you can see his paintings of the Normans in Cosenza.  Four other European artists took part in the project and you can see their contributions in website here   An article on Richard’s talk will be available in the next edition of  Gemelli.

Friends Annual Dinner – 2017

Friends Annual Dinner

Advance Notice

We are pleased to tell you that a date and venue have now been fixed for our 2017 Annual Dinner. It will be held at Chichester College on Friday 18 May at 6.15pm for 6.45pm in the new 64 Restaurant & Bar.  This is situated on the ground floor of B block, along the main corridor of the Chichester campus. Please put this date in your diary!

The menu, consisting of three courses, will be sent to you nearer the time of the dinner.  If you are without transport please let us know, so that we can arrange a lift to and from the College.

All members who receive emails about our events will receive the Menu and a booking form which will be sent on 11 April. Please note that the closing date for booking will be 4th May 2017.

April 2017 – Meeting

Friends of Ravenna

An Illustrated Talk
by Sarah Quill
Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 7.30pm
The Assembly Room, Council House
North Street, Chichester
Members £9.00  Non members £10.00

For more than 40 years Sarah Quill has been photographing the architecture and daily life of Venice, creating a unique and ever-growing photographic archive. Sarah’s illustrated talk will show some of the changes that have taken place in Venice since she began photographing the city in the 1970s.

A trustee of the Venice in Peril Fund, Sarah has worked between Venice and London for many years to create a photograph archive of Venetian architecture, environment and daily life. She has been a freelance photographer since 1971 when she began her photographic documentation of Venice. Working as a stills photographer Sarah took set photographs for feature films including Wagner (1982), A Room with a View (1985) and The Orchid House (1991). Her book, Ruskin’s Venice:The Stones Revisited, has recently been published in a new edition.

Bruschette and a glass of wine will be served after the talk

The 2016 Exchange Visit to Ravenna

Sixteen members joined this year’s visit when we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of our twinning. The Chairmen of both Associations and representatives of the two city councils emphasised the importance of twinning associations in fostering cultural understanding and mutual respect.

Highlights included

  • The unveiling of a mural designed by students to show aspects of Ravenna and Chichester.
  • A presentation of 3 videos made by students to explore the concept of twinning.
  • An evening at the Theatro d’Alighieri attended by over 300 people to mark our anniversary and the presentation to Ravenna of the European Council’s Plaque of Honour for its work in twinning.
  • An excellent concert given by the Orchestra di Giovani, which followed the formal part of the evening event.
  • Tours of the city with visits to churches decorated with outstanding Byzantine mosaics; an exhibition of contemporary mosaics and leisurely strolls through delightful squares and streets.
  • The opportunity to sample Italian food and wine.
  • A visit to a Folklore Museum culminating in making the traditional dish of Emilia Romagna – Piadini –which formed the main course of our evening meal.
  • The very warm welcome and generous hospitality of our hosts.

For the Italian speakers among us, here is a clip from a local newspaper in
reporting the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the twinning links.

Just a selection of pictures of some of the members and guests attending
various events and activities during their recent visit to Ravenna.

 Some of the faces you will easily recognise and others to which you
cannot immediately put a name, will however be familiar.

(Photographs kindly provided by Mrs. Astrid Davies)