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Bookfest 2017: Sweden, the guest of honour this year


Bookfest, the largest book fair in Romania, will kick off next week at Romexpo, in Bucharest (May 24-28) with plenty, various events in store and with Sweden as the guest of honor.

We are very honoured and excited to welcome 9 special guests to represent Sweden at Bookfest 2017. It is such a great opportunity to attend the biggest book fair in Romania. Sweden is the guest of honour this year and our motto is Sweden: Creating Stories”, said the Swedish ambassador to Romania, H.E. Mrs. Anneli Lindahl Kenny, during the press conference announcing the event on Wednesday.

The ambassador explained the significance of their motto: “We chose this motto because we believe that by creating stories we also create bridges between people, between countries. We have about one hundred years of diplomatic relations with Romania, but of course, they can always become closer. Through stories we can relate to one another, through stories it’s easier to understand how we can think differently and to create new stories, together,” said the Swedish ambassador in Bucharest.

This is why the Embassy of Sweden in Romania has put a lot of effort in creating more than 20 events during Bookfest together with our nine Swedish guest writers, publishers, editors and graphic designers. Two new Swedish exhibitions will be shown at Bookfest, one that promotes children literature and one Nordic Noir and we will also organize more than 20 interactive activities for children as part of Bookfest Junior,” Anneli Lindahl Kenny said, adding that children who usually don’t have an easy access to literature will be thus allowed to be part of these activities.

According to her, the programme prepared by the embassy tackles various topics, such as to promote education, gender equality, social inclusion and diversity.

Sweden’s stand at Bookfest is designed by IKEA, which provided the furniture.