Zagreb Fair saw the closing of the 43rd International Book Fair Interliber, the leading book fair in the region.
During six days more than 230 exhibitors from 14 countries promoted their titles in the pavilions 5,6 and 7a. Within the scope of the accompanying programme, that took place at the gallery of the pavilion 5 every day, there were presentations and book promotions with famous writers like Damir Karakaš, Davor Rostuhar, Đurđica Čilić and others. The evening hours were reserved for the Premium programme of the Association of Publishers and Booksellers at the Croatian Chamber of Economy, during which editors from the Croatian literary scene hosted home and foreign writers, public figures and literary critics.
Interliber was inaugurated by Mr. Boris Milošević, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia. At the opening ceremony Zagreb Fair Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Dina Tomšić, PhD highlighted: "There is no substitute for business events such as international live fairs. All virtual extensions are a great help enriching the content of the fair event during the year, even after its closing, and live web and TV broadcast provide an opportunity to visitors who are not able to come to Interliber to be involved in the topic they love. However, visitors who come to Interliber till Sunday will enjoy it with all their senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste of the lively atmosphere in the realm of books. That is the purpose of Interliber! Priceless and irreplaceable. Reconnecting and creating a live experience makes people happy. A realization we may not have appreciated enough before the pandemic."
Interliber was attended by Mr. Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and his ministers, Mr. Davor Božinović, PhD, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Mrs. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, PhD, Minister of Culture and Media and Prof. Radovan Fuchs, PhD, Minister of Science and Education, who dedicated more than 2 and half hours to the visit.
On that occasion, the Prime Minister said: "First of all, congratulations to the organizers of the 43rd Interliber, congratulations to all publishers and the Minister of Culture and Media. Ultimately, in this Year of Reading, we are once again able to gather here at Zagreb Fair, preserve the tradition and keep Interliber as a reference point for Croatian publishing. Today's talks with many publishers have been very positive and optimistic. Everyone thinks that the circumstances are much better than they expected because we know that the Coronavirus pandemic has affected all spheres of life, including publishing and reading. My congratulations to the organizers and the Zagreb Fair CEO because they have brilliantly organized everything within the framework of epidemiological measures and Covid cerfiticates which guarantee safety of visitors. We as the Government will continue to invest into science and education."
The fair was successfully organized and held according to all epidemiological measures, which made it the safest shopping destination in the city. Entry was allowed to persons with a valid EU digital COVID certificate, and rapid testing was also provided. The pavilions had digital displays at the entrances and the number of visitors could be monitored at any time. All exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the return of Interliber to the stage of the most important cultural events this autumn, as well as with the overall organization of the fair.
Zagreb Fair welcomed all fair participants with a message: "How good to see you again", and saw them off with: "Thank you for your visit and responsible behavior of every visitor, 55,000 of them in total, who, along with the safety and health protocols set by the organizer, have enabled a safe Interliber and enjoyment with all 5 senses. Finally."
See you again in November 2022.