Maltese literature promoted in Berlin
Posted on June 21st, 2010
Throughout the years, the Embassy of Malta in Berlin has striven to ensure participation of poets and writers from the Maltese islands in various literature events in German cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, and Bremen. One such occasion was the recent International Poetry Festival 2010, which took place in Berlin and which focused on the Mediterranean as a cultural region.
Poet Adrian Grima, assisted by the Embassy, took part in two events on the ‘Islands Day’, which was dedicated to the languages of smaller Mediterranean islands. Adrian Grima read his poems in Maltese and took part in a poetry panel.
A few days before this event, the embassy supported the opening reception, providing information material about Malta and Gozo to the audience, and a contribution to the reception/buffet. The audience, consisting of cultural people from various parts of the world, was entertained to some Maltese galletti, Maltese white and red wine, and homemade ħobż biż-żejt.
The Embassy remains convinced of the positive tourism-related spillover effect of such cultural events and it is the Embassy’s intention to raise as much interest as possible in the rich cultural heritage of the Maltese islands.
Preparations are already in full swing for the next big event in July, when the Embassy opens its doors to the general Berlin public on the occurrence of the annual ‘All Nations Festival’ – the open day for embassies in Berlin, and welcoming over 2000 visitors within a day.