The 4th award ceremony of the International Award of Translation Gerardo de Cremona was held on the 6th October 2018. The ceremony, organized by the municipality of this Italian city, was attended by 100 people including civil and military authorities, and took place in the Sala dei Cuadri of the Palazzo Comunale, in Cremona, Italy.
The event was chaired by Gianluca Galimberti, Mayor of Cremona; Mohamed Aziza, President of MED-21 Programme; Mohamed Janjar, President of the King Abdulaziz Foundation of Casablanca; and Teresa Santamaría, Director of the Toledo School of Translators of the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
The opening ceremony began with a lecture of Gerardo de Cremona´s life by Maria Paola Neri from Brescia Catholic University. Then, the attendees enjoyed the inaugural concert of the violinist Lena Yokoyama, and the awards were presented.
Laureates of the fourth edition of the Gerardo de Cremona Award are: the Syrian Muaia Alabdulmajid, responsible for the Arabic versions of great names in contemporary Italian narrative such as Dario Fo, Elena Ferrante, Italo Svevo and Antonio Tabucci; Isabella Camera D’Afflitto, literature professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, considered a leading figure in Italian Arabism and the translator of such renowned authors as Naguib Mahfuz, Ghassan Kannafani, Abdel Rahman Munif or Ibrahim al Koni, among others.
In the category of institutions, the Award went to the Latinitati Fovendae Academy, dedicated to the recovery and promotion of Latin as a living language in Europe and the Mediterranean. Its president, Dirk Sacre, collected the award.
Finally, this edition paid tribute to Ali Menufi, Hispanist and Egyptian translator who recently passed away, as the presenting a posthumous award and reading a moving thank-you letter sent by his family.
After the Awards were presented, the President of Cremona´s Consiglio Comunale, Simona Pasquali, made a farewell speech praising the value of translation as a vehicle for dialogue in the Mediterranean, and the director of the Toledo School of Translators, Teresa Santamaría, invited the attendees to participate in the next Award edition that will take place in Toledo. Thus, it returns to the city where it was born.