Ninu Cremona exhibition being held at the Banca Giuratale

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Exhibition marking 40th anniversary of Ninu Cremona' deathAn exhibition on the life and work of Ninu Cremona, marking the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death (1880 – 1972), was inaugurated yesterday by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono.

The exhibition which has been organsied by the Ministry for Gozo in conjunction with the Gozo Culture and Information Office is being held at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria and will remain open until the 20th of January.

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 includes a number of historic photographs as well as manuscripts, books and other objects related to Ninu Cremona’s life and work. On Friday, the 13th of 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.

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