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Exhibition marking 40th anniversary of Ninu Cremona’ death

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Exhibition marking 40th anniversary of Ninu Cremona' deathOn the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the dearth of Ninu Cremona (1880 – 1972), the Ministry for Gozo in conjunction with the Gozo Culture and Information Office will be organizing an exhibition on the life and work of Ninu Cremona at the Banca Giuratale in Rabat Gozo.

Ninu Cremona’s greatest contribution was in the formation of Maltese ortography together with Ganni Vassallo. He devised a system of regulations for the writing of Maltese that were published in the Taghrif fuq il-Kitba Maltija (1924). He published also a grammar of the Maltese language for use in Primary and Secondary Schools. In 1936 he was appointed as the first master of Maltese at the Lyceum. Ninu Cremona toiled arduously in favour of the Maltese language at a time when in Malta there was a strong movement against the use of Maltese in courts, schools and in Government correspondence.

He is the author of a number of books of poetry, drama and studies in folklore, history and literature. His best work is the dramatic poem Il-Fidwa tal-Bdiewa (1936).

In 1947 he was honoured with the gold medal ‘Guze’ Muscat Azzopardi’ whilst on 4th June 1940 he was bestowed with the degree D.Litt (Honoris Causa) by the Royal University of Malta.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday, the 7th of January at 7.00pm by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono and will remain open till 20th January.

The exhibition includes a number of historic photographs as well as manuscripts, books and other objects related to Ninu Cremona’s life and work. On Friday 13th January, Mr Joe Camilleri will deliver a public lecture on Ninu Cremona’s life and writings at the Banca Giuratale in Rabat Gozo. The lecture starts at 7.00pm and the public is invited.

The same exhibition will be set up at the National Library of Malta in Valletta from 25th January onwards.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Ninu Cremona on 4th January, Maltapost will be issuing a special hand stamp which will be available on the day from Maltapost’s Branch in Republic Street in Rabat Gozo.

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