Interliber, 45th International Book Fair was officially inaugurated at Zagreb Fair today.
Pavilions 5, 6 , 7 and 7a are covered by more than 300 exhibitors from 13 countries.
Interliber is the largest literary event in Croatia, a venue where books are celebrated, a place where all generations of readers meet and where we regularly witness the creation of love for books.
At Zagreb Fair, publishers will present an extremely rich programme of new editions from a wide variety of fields, proving that Croatian publishing knows and finds its way to book fans.
Interliber is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Mr. Tomislav Tomašević.
"The fair for all generations celebrates 45 years, during which we have been witnessing the creation of love for books and the written word. Interliber is a place for the promotion of books, writers, reading, science and knowledge, and it gathers the most important publishers and booksellers.
Interliber has long ago surpassed the boundaries of Zagreb Fair, and our goal is to connect all stakeholders of the publishing industry: readers, institutions, publishers, the cultural and economic sector and the media, and to achieve further development and qualitative growth of the country's central literary event. Success can also be seen in numbers, as we record the growth of the fair's indicators - 5% more exhibitors and 13% larger exhibition space.
During the six days of the fair, you will have the opportunity to attend more than 200 hours of professional programme that will take place on two stages in the pavilions 6 and 7, while an excellent music programme will be held at the open-air space in front of the pavilion 5", said Mrs. Renata Suša, Zagreb Fair Director, at the official opening of Interliber.
"It is indeed a great honor for me to greet you at the 45th Interliber. We all know that in addition to being the traditional autumn gathering of publishers and book lovers, Interliber is also the largest and most prestigious fair of book production both in Croatia and the entire region. The key point is that Interliber is not only an established book fair, but also one of the most important cultural events in Zagreb and moreover in the whole of Croatia. Publishers, writers, experts and the public are equally looking forward to this fair", said Mr. Tomislav Tomašević, Mayor of Zagreb, at the opening ceremony, praising the positive energy at Zagreb Fair.
Interliber was inaugurated by Mrs. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, PhD, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and Envoy to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković: "The opening of the largest Croatian book fair is always an opportunity for a dialog, for highlighting numerous problems regarding books and the publishing industry that we have had, for emphasizing mutual cooperation in solving these problems, all with the aim of encouraging reading and books. I am pleased that in the period ahead we will secure funds from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan to support cultural and creative industries. Interliber always closes the Croatian Book Month in some way. This year we inaugurated it in Vinkovci by opening currently the most modern library."
The special guest at this year's fair is the world-famous writer and Indian diplomat, Mr. Vikas Swarup, whose novel "Q&A" was the inspiration for the famous, multiple award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". He remarked at the opening: "What a pleasure it is to be in Croatia for the first time. In the past week, I was lucky enough to see some of the riches of this country, from the lively city of Zagreb to the magnificent waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes, from Dubrovnik to Split. I discovered a country rich in history, breathtakingly beautiful nature and warm-hearted people. Interliber is a place that brings together authors, publishers, media and book lovers of all generations and creates the magic of storytelling. Some stories are important because they touch our hearts, others because they touch our faith or our fears. Stories remind us of who we are." H.E. Mr. Raj Kumar Srivastava, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Republic of Croatia, also greeted the gathering.
Working hours of Interliber: 10:00 - 20:00 h, on Friday and Saturday until 21:00 h.
Admission is free.