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Monash University Jazz Festival, Music Off: final concert

Students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Monash University - will be the stars of the closing event of the jazz festival “Music Off”.

After three weeks of intensive study, workshops, and concerts with internationally renowned artists, students will be performing in their final concert on Wednesday 11 December in Salone Grollo, Monash University Prato Centre at 7pm.
This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy and appreciate what these Australian students have accomplished during their intensive study period in Prato.
Free entrance

Monash Prato Centre closure during festive season

The Centre will be closed to the public from 1pm on Friday 20 December 2013 to Wednesday 1st January 2014 inclusive.

The Centre will reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

For urgent enquiries only during the closure period please email

From all the team we wish you season's greetings and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!


Monash University Jazz Festival: the world’s best jazz in Prato

The Monash University Jazz Festival is a collaborative project organised by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, G. Verdi Music School and Teatro Politeama Pratese. Students from Monash University and internationally-renowned artists such as Paolo Angeli, Ares Tavolazzi, Paul McCandless, Mirko Guerrini, John Taylor and Rob Burke will put on an amazing six day music festival at the Ridotto of the Politeama.

On 11 December Monash students and teaching staff will perform at the Monash University Prato Centre, in the Salone Grollo.

New courses at Monash Prato Centre

Three courses will be starting soon at the Monash Prato Centre. Beginning on 18 November with ‘Dante’s Medieval World’ which enables students of the Faculty of Arts to study and see with their own eyes the historical reality in which Dante wrote his masterpiece.

On 25 November ‘EU Studies’ commences, a course which engages with issues relative to the European Union, as well as ‘Jazz Studies in Prato’, the by now well-established music program which again this year will involve renowned Italian and international jazz musicians.

Plague, Putrefaction and the Body of the Poor in Early Modern Florence

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John Henderson to Deliver Bill Kent Memorial Lecture 2013

Monash University, Prato - 9 December at 6pm

“Plague, Putrefaction and the Body of the Poor in Early Modern Florence”


This year’s lecture will be delivered by John Henderson (Birkbeck College), who is currently a member of the Prato Consortium.


Language Interactions in Early Modern Europe

This conference, organized by Villa I Tatti and Monash University Prato Centre, to be held on 21 November (I Tatti) and 22 November (Monash), explores the complex interactions between Latin and the vernacular in the context of early modern European medicine, philosophy, history, architecture, and rhetoric. For centuries, Latin was the lingua franca for science and the humanities, but in the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries vernacular languages competed for equivalent status.

Radical Mapping Project: architecture students re-design Prato

It's called Radical Mapping Project: Alongside/Within/In opposition and it’s the new project by MADA architecture students who, from 3 to 8 October, will be creating installations in five selected sites of the city: Lazzerini Municipal Library, Central Station Gardens, Textile Museum, Porta Frascati, and University square. Under the guidance of Professor Nicole Kalms and with the supervision of architect Luca Piantini, students will create site-specific works aimed at exploring new ways to transform and interact with the city.