Cyprus participates in 7th annual Small Nations Poetry Night event at American University
The Small Nations Poetry Night event which began as an idea fostered by Liechtenstein Ambassador Claudia Fritsche 7 years ago, has now become entrenched as a Washington DC tradition. The event features poetry from ten countries; Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and Slovenia.
The poems which share a common theme are recited by the Ambassadors of the respective countries and the recital is then followed by a reception featuring wines, as well as informational material from each country.
This year’s event took place for the second consecutive time at the Katzen Arts Center at American University on May 23, 2012, featuring humorous poetry. Cyprus participated with the poem “Yalloura”, written by one of Cyprus’ best known and established poets of the 19th century, Dimitris Lipertis.
Ambassador Pavlos Anastasiades addressed the audience prior to the recital of the poem, discussing Cypriot poetic traditions that are withheld and honored to this day, such as recitals of short, rhyming poems with satirical or humorous content, known as the “tsiattista”. He also stressed the longevity of Cypriot history, the Homeric origins of the Cypriot dialect and its significance in contemporary European culture.