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World Book and Copyright Day 2012: Promoting Reading and Intellectual Property

Date: May 02, 2012
Domain:Arts & Culture
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - May 02, 2012:World Book and Copyright Day, a worldwide celebration of books and reading, will be marked in Mauritius by a series of activities at the Port Louis Waterfront from 3rd to 5th May 2012.

The theme for this year is: Books and Translation. This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum, the world bibliography of translations, managed by UNESCO. This unique instrument is a formidable tool for the dissemination and monitoring of global cultural flows.

Various stakeholders comprising booksellers, publishers, cultural organisations, schools, ministries, embassies and parastatal bodies have joined hands to make this event – the 10th of its kind in Mauritius, a success. During the three days, books and other reading materials will be put on sale at discounted prices.

An hour-long interactive session of questions and answers entitled “A Coeur ouvert avec des Écrivains” is scheduled on Saturday 5th May, 2012 from 15.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs at the Port Louis Waterfront.

The National Library has, since 2003, taken a leadership role by organising book fairs, literary and cultural activities around the book at the national level with a view to fostering a culture of reading in the country everyone and encouraging the population to explore the joy of books and reading. 

Through World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. This year emphasis is being laid on key issues such as quality, pluralism and integration together with the sharing of knowledge and its dissemination, which are important in promoting knowledge in societies.

The celebration of World Book and Copyright Day is also a means to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

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