21 February 2019 celebrates International Mother Language Day. On this day, a cultural afternoon will be held at the Salaborsa Library in Bologna including poems, songs, costumes, writings and installations created and created by teachers, students and female students from the various offices of the Cpia Metropolitano of Bologna.
During the afternoon of Thursday 21 February, which will begin at 16: 45, in the Salaborsa Library of Bologna, poetry of some foreign poets will be read.
There will also be poems by Migjeni e Visar Zhiti, which will be interpreted by the talented Albanian journalist and publicist,.
The International Mother Language Day was proclaimed in November of the 1999, by the General Conference of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). And since 2000, every year, 21 February events are organized to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Among the poems of Albanian, Russian and Serbian poets and writers, the meetings will be held on the first floor of the Salaborsa, in collaboration with the BiblioBologna Cittadini association for libraries:
- Albana Temali reads poems by Migjeni and Visar Zhiti
- Barbara Herzogh reads poems by Ursula Hohler
- Graziella Sidoli reads poems and passages by Ruben Darìo and Walt Whitman
- Katerina Grishina and George Grishin read poems and passages by Anna Achmatova
- Elizabeth Miliczhy reads poems by Dezső Kosztolányi
- Gajane Ballardini reads poems by Vítězslav Nezval
The afternoon will also continue in the Piazza covered with Radici, Vento, Parole - International Mother Language Day 2019, an initiative that aims to promote the mother tongue as a root, origin, indissoluble and necessary bond, wealth of the individual and the community. The purpose of this meeting is to enhance the great richness of the roots and cultures of origin of all the participants, within a multilingual and intercultural climate (link)
Admission is free.
International Mother Language Day, what 21 February represents
This date commemorates the 21 February of the 1952, a day when some students were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of present-day Bangladesh.
Their killing took place during the demonstration for the official recognition of their language, as well as the Bengali, one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan.
Who was Migjeni (Millosh Gjergj Nikolla)
Migjeni, pseudonym of Millosh Gjergj Nikolla, was one of the most famous Albanian intellectuals of the '900.
Born in the city of Scutari, in Albania, he was a writer of poems and prose in which the reality of Albania's social everyday life of those years was reflected.
In particular, Migjeni dedicated his verses to the poorest social class, wanting to expose the backward system.
His verses have introduced open protest, the dream for a better world and deep optimism into Albanian literature.
Migjeni died of tuberculosis, in Turin, the 26 August of the 1938, at the age of 26 years. His death was a great loss to modern Albanian literature.
Who is Visar Zhiti
Visar Zhiti he is one of the most popular poets and writers of modern Albania. He suffered for years the persecution of the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, for the sole fault of having written a poetic work that he considered hermetic and contrary to the canons of socialist realism.
Arrested for "agitation and propaganda against the state", he spent ten years of his life in prison performing forced labor.
Only after the fall of the dictatorship in Albania, Visar Zhiti began to publish his literary works.
Among these publications were also the poems that he could secretly write during his imprisonment.
"I clung to poetry, not to go mad. I wrote in the dark, at night, without paper or pen, in my head ».
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