GIS – 29 April 2015: A book festival, an initiative of the National Library, kicked off this morning at Trianon Shopping Park to mark World Book and Copyright Day 2015. The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Santaram Baboo, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony.
The four-day event includes an array of educational, literary and cultural activities comprising live radio broadcast, launching of books, exhibitions of rare documents, quiz, dictation, drawing and painting competitions, and poem recitals. Some 20 exhibitors are proposing a large variety of reading materials at reduced prices.
In his address, the Minister recalled that this is the 13th book festival being celebrated with the collaboration of the National Library. He made an appeal to each and everyone to come and take advantage of the major discounts on books and other materials and also participate in the different activities
World Book and Copyright Day, Mr Baboo recalled, has been celebrated in Mauritius since 2003 with a view to inculcate a culture of reading and encourage the public to explore the pleasure of books and reading. World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better, he added.
With regards to the National Library, the Minister underlined that it should do more to inculcate a culture of reading in everyone and encourage everyone to explore the pleasure of books and reading. According to him, the institution needs a new orientation.
Through the World Book Day, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property by means of copyright. Moreover, each year, UNESCO and international organisations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers and libraries, designate the World Book capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year.
This year, Incheon, Republic of Korea, has been designated World Book Capital, in recognition of its programme to promote reading among people and underprivileged sections of the population.
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