Athens, September 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Hari Stefanatos
Athens has been named World Book Capital for 2018 by UNESCO, according to a statement of the international organization. The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took this decision on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee of the program.
According to the announcement, the city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry, while the proposed program includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, as well as concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry reading and workshops for the promotion of professionals.
The program aims to make books accessible to the city’s population, including immigrants and refugees. Also, members of the Advisory Committee praised the cultural infrastructure of Athens and its experience in organizing international events.
Cities named World Book Capital by UNESCO must promote books and reading and to organize activities in the year for which they are selected, which begins with the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, ie on April 23.
Athens is the 18th city named World Book Capital.