A Bedouin Tent on Campus On March 30, a Libyan Cultural Day was held on the University of Malta campus. Much of the programme was held in a luxurious Bedouin tent, where, in between talks, Libyan tea and delicacies were served.

The many students who attended were also regaled with performances by a Libyan folk band together with a female dancer, as well as by dances performed by pupils from the Al Fateh Libyan School in Ta' Giorni.

The event was organised by the Libyan Cultural Centre, directed by Dr Mohamed Al Attug, with the collaboration of the University’s Mediterranean Institute and the Academy for the Development of a Democratic Environment (AZAD).

The programme sought to show how commercial and cultural exchanges could complement each other, and how the University can contribute to the Maltese business community, particularly that part with interests in Libya.

Joseph F.X. Zahra, Chairman of the Euro Changeover Committee, and formerly Chairman of the Bank of Valletta, gave a strategic view of Libya, from a Maltese perspective, and outlined the possibilities of business and career opportunities in Libya for Maltese graduates.

Philip Ciantar, an ethnomusicologist at the Mediterranean Institute, looked at the varieties of music to be found in the Libyan capital – from a musical form that dates back to the golden age of the Arab period in Spain, to folk and other forms of popular music. The talk gave a rich sense of the musical sounds of Tripoli.
Ranier Fsadni, an anthropologist at the Mediterranean Institute, enumerated 13 ways of looking at a Bedouin tent, which may seem small but can contain an entire universe: a tabernacle, a home, a refuge, a space for celebration and for mourning, a locus of tribal identity, a place for entertainment…

The distinguished guests who attended included: the Hon. Dr Louis Galea, Minister of Education; Prof. Juanito Camilleri, University Rector; His Excellency Saad El Shlmani, Secretary of the Libyan People’s Bureau and Ambassador; His Excellency Jean Marc Rives, Ambassador of France; His Excellency Paolo Andrea Trabalza, Ambassador of Italy; His Excellency Jibril Taweel, Ambassador of the Palestinian Authority; Dr Jason Azzopardi, Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign and European Affairs Committee; the Hon. John Dalli MP; Rev. Prof. Peter Serracino Inglott, and Prof. Peter Xuereb.

from left Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector, University of Malta; Dr Mohamed Al-Attug, Director of the Libyan Cultural Centre; Mr Saleh Yones, Deputy Ambassador and Assistant Secretary for Culutre and Information

Making traditional Libyan tea, a syrupy, frothy drink that can be mixed with mint or roasted peanuts

A Performance by a Libyan Folk Band