Thessaloniki International Book Fair Russian Pavilion Opens

Российский стенд на XIII Международной книжной выставке в СалоникахRussia, the Thessaloniki 12th International Book Fair's guest of honor for 2016, dedicated its pavilion with the opening of the fair on May 12th. The fair will run through May 15th. Russian Federation Minister of Transport Mr. Maxim Sokolov was present at the dedication of the Russian pavilion, along with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas and Russian ambassoder Andrei Maslov.

The Russian pavillion is one of the fair's larges at 500 sq.m, and provides opportunities not only to see the latest offerings of Russian authors, but to acquaint the public with Russia's rich cultural tradition in the creative and performing arts.

There is a strong ecological component that visitors will perhaps see but not know that it is there: the entire pavilion area makes heavy use of recycled paper. This includes a kid-friendly environment including cardboard boats, a maze, and other large objects made of paper products. So if you take kids with you to the fair, this is a good place to visit, especially if they need a little activity.

The Pavilion designers have a rich program of events on the offing, reflecting their cultural profile and the country's relationship with the art of the arts and literature, including a report on the work of graphic artist Ivan Giazikof, and a multimedia presentation entitled Models of Cyrillic Cursive Writing. In addition there will be a location broadcast by Russian TV entertainment station Piatnitsa! (Friday!), well-known actors, politicians and public personalities will read excerpts from the Russian poetic tradition. Cartoons from venerable Soyuz multifilm  which animated Russian classics and folklore.

Roundtables with writers, book presentations, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and collaborative projects of the great museums of Russia round out a rich and full program.