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Unplugged In Monti is a series of concerts which have been held over the last 6 years in various locations (in particular churches and theatres) in the centre of Rome

Sodastream, a duo from Perth (Australia) who had a strong following in Italy a few years ago are now back live in Rome after 10 years, in the magnificent setting of Chiesa Valdese, a small 19th century church with seating for around 120.

Almost 20 years have passed since Karl Smith and Pete Cohen created Sodastream. With four albums, four EPs and a live album, Sodastream are well-known in their native Australia and have won fans around the world.

Their relationship with Italy (perhaps also thanks to Cohen’s partial Italian ancestry) has always been very close and they have often toured here. Now, ten years on from their last album, they are back with "Little By Little", their new album of previously unreleased songs.


Friday 31 March 2017

Concert starts at 8.30 p.m.

Chiesa Valdese 
Via IV Novembre, 107


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Unplugged In Monti

Pre-show tickets


Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman

The book Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman has just been published in Italy. It was written in 1975 with the title Blue Skies and published in 1976, bringing to light many themes, including the burden of an isolated existence, the emotional confusion of early motherhood and the spiritual shadow of the vanished indigenous population of Tasmania. The novel has now been translated into Italian and published by Edizioni Socrates.

Helen Hodgman was born in Scotland in 1945 and lived in Great Britain until 1958, when, together with her family, she left for Tasmania. After some time she returned to Britain where she lived for 10 years and in 1975 she wrote her first novel Tasmania Blues (Blue Skies), which was published a year later by Gerald Duckworth& Co. The book was very successful and in subsequent years was reprinted by other British and Australian publishers (Penguin, Virago Press, The Text Publishing) and published by Knauss in German. Two years later Helen wrote another successful novel, Jack&Jill, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979.  Subsequently, Helen returned to Australia and wrote further novels, Broken Words (1988) which won the Christina Stead Prize in 1989, Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting For Matindi (1998), The Bad Policeman (2001), which were all published by major publishing houses (Penguin, Random House, Allen&Unwin, Ballantine and Harmony Books) and greatly appreciated by the public.

Helen Hodgman now lives in Sydney and is seriously ill with Parkinson’s disease.