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Minister Choonee Announces Activities to Commemorate World Book and Copyright Day 2013

Date: April 22, 2013
Domain:Arts & Culture
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - 22 April, 2013: A compilation of various popular short stories will be published in May this year in a bid to promote local literature amidst the population, stated the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Mookhesswur Choonee, during a press conference this morning in Port Louis, where he elaborated on the 11th Book Festival to be held in the context of the World Book and Copyright Day 2013 which is celebrated on 23 April every year.
Minister Choonee, announced that this year, the organising committee with the National Library spearheading the activities, will be organising the Book Festival at the Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius from 25 to 28 April 2013 compared to previous years where book festivals, literary and cultural activities were held at national level in different regions throughout the island. 
The Minister also made an appeal to each and everyone to come and benefit of the major discounts on books and other materials and also participate in the various activities.
The 4-days’ event at Bagatelle will include 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.
More than 20 exhibitors will be proposing a large variety of reading materials at reduced prices. Also, for the first time this year Orange and Emtel will participate in the Book Fair to showcase e-books.
This year as in the preceding years the National Library will co-organise the event with the Rodrigues Regional Assembly in Port Mathurin on 7 and 8 June.
To mark the World Book and Copyright Day 2013, the National Library is also organising a round table on 23 April on the theme La Lecture : quel avenir à l’ère du numérique? at the seat of the Library. Other activities include: Quizzes on radios as from 18 April; Exhibition of rare books and documents by Municipalities as well as Books exhibitions and sales of books at discounted prices. 
The World Book Day is an occasion to celebrate the contribution of books and authors to our global culture and the connection between copyright and books. For this reason, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO's) General Conference chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.
This year the city of Bangkok has been designated “World Book Capital 2013” in recognition of its programme to promote reading among young people and underprivileged sections of the population. Each year a city is chosen which undertakes to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations until 23 April of the following year. Almost all the regions of the world, in turn, have already been involved in this process, which thus transforms the celebration of books and copyright into a recurrent activity, extending still further the geographical and cultural influence of books.
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