Italian Embassy marks 23rd Italian language week celebration
The 23rd edition of the Italian language week celebration (Settimana Dela Lingua Italiana Nel Mondo) ended in Accra last week with the rich cultures of Ghana and Italy in full display throughout the published works and arts.
The week-long event was organised by the Italian Embassy in Accra in collaboration with the Italian Business Association of Ghana (IBAG), Ghana Italian Women Association (GIWA) and Piccola Bibilotcca Italiana.
The event brought together seasoned authors and publishers from their two countries to celebrate the cultural exchanges.
The host, the Italian Ambassador to Ghana and Togo, Ms Daniela d’Orlandi, was joined by other dignitaries including a representative from the Ghana Library Board (GLB), Mr Hayford Siaw, to mark the day.
It was commemorated with eight different activities including lectures and reading sessions.
A reading session for children dubbed ‘READ Aloud; Rodari’s Tales,’ at Piccolo Biblioteca Italiana in Accra, kicked the celebrations into motion and was followed by an October 22 workshop dubbed, ‘Let’s colour the world with books’ also for children between the ages of nine to 18 years.
Other events included open discussions on several topics and lectures expertly delivered by notable speakers including Prof. Pierluigi Valsecchi, Prof. Matteo Grilli, Giola Guerzoni and Andrea Ceccarelli.
In an address, Ms d’Orlandi commended the participants for their respective roles in the event to celebrate the cultures of the two countries through their works.
A speaker from Italy, Giola Guerzoni, challenged publishers to delve more into the area of fiction with good story lines.
Andrea Ceccarelli, an Editor, expressed his joy to be in Ghana to be part of the celebration and hoped that publishers will make themselves more visible to be reached from outside Ghana and help raise awareness about Ghana’s publishing sector.
By Margaret Barden