A handsome crowd turned up on Saturday at the National Library to follow a soiree celebrating the European Day of languages organised by the European Commission. The turn-out was higher than the 160 seats provided and some had to follow the activity standing up.
The Biblijoteka Nazzjonali, a magnificent 200 year old building, served as an exquisite backdrop and provided excellent acoustics for a duo of jazz musicians.
The soiree centred around literary readings by the cultural organisation Inizjamed, of some of the works of Mohamed Al Amraoui (Morocco/France), Awlad Ahmed (Tunisia), Valerio Cruciani (Italy), Mimmo Grasso (Italy), Biagio Guerrera (Italy), Biel Mesquida (Spain), Samira Negrouche (Algeria), Rasha Omran (Syria), Aki Salmela (Finland), Roman Simic (Croatia), and Paola Turroni (Italy). The translations into Maltese and some of the poems in the original language were read by prominent local authors Clare Azzopardi, Keith Borg, Albert Gatt, Claudia Gauci, Adrian Grima, Simone Inguanez, and Immanuel Mifsud.
For the occasion, the Bieganski Foundation exhibited a tiny sample of the masterpieces it has in its collection. This was the first time that the Maltese public could catch a glimpse at some of the paintings belonging to the foundation which boasts a plethora of Impressionist Modern and Contemporary art. There were 13 paintings including two watercolours by Renoir, and two paintings by Emile Bernard.
For some pictures of the event click here.