The 25th edition of the Gaudeamus International Book Fair, running November 14 – 18 at Bucharest’s Romexpo Central Pavilion, will host more than 300 exhibitors and about 900 editorial and professional events, all under the overarching ‘Romania Centennial’ theme. Romanian publishing houses with long-standing tradition, educational institutions, distributors of books and publications, educational game producers and distributors, professional associations and organizations with activities in the fields of culture and education will be present at Gaudeamus. According to the President and CEO of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) Georgica Severin, this year the event unfolds under the auspices of the Government, in a highly significant celebratory context: the Greater Union and WWI Centennial, 90 years since Radio Romania first went on air, making it one of Europe’s oldest radio stations, and 25 editions of the Gaudeamus Fair – with a bunch of events and special projects designed to mark the moment. The official opening of the fair, having the head of the Romanian Academy, Academician Ioan – Aurel Pop as honorary president, will take place on Wednesday, November 14, at noon. ‘Centennial Romania’, the central theme of the edition, will be illustrated through a representative stand showcasing a collection of about 600 volumes dedicated to this historic moment, and about 50 events (book launches and presentations, debates, film screenings, public lectures). The ‘Centennial Romania’ stand, organized by the Bucharest City Hall through the National Museum of Romanian Literature and the Bucharest City Museum, will give the Gaudeamus Fair visitors the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the most appreciated writers, literary critics and Romanian historians of the moment. Ioan Cristescu, Director General of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, told a press conference that the Gaudeamus stand is the one Romania presented this year at the international fairs in Leipzig and Frankfurt, the brainchild of architect Attila Kim. In his turn, SRR CEO Georgica Severin said that “Romanian culture will be celebrated” at the Gaudeamus 2018 national edition and listed several events on the bill: the “Mircea Nedelciu” National Reading Contest; the “Books Return Home” project; A-grade guests: Romania’s Olympiad contestants; Books and Multimedia; the ”Education Exchange’, now at the 21st edition; the National Invention Show; the “Gaudeamus 25” and “Romanian Blouse” exhibitions; “Radio Romania 90”, “ExpoCalligraphy 2018”. The Gaudeamus International Fair is the main component of the Reading Program, a national project initiated by Radio Romania in 1994, to support national culture through exhibition events dedicated to books and education. According to Radio Romania, the record of these 24 years in the service of literature includes 109 fairs organized nationwide (the current edition included), over 2,900,000 visitors and about 12,600 events.
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