13th Annual Thessaloniki International Book Fair Finishes its Run
Yesterday, Sunday, May 15th, marked the successful end of the 13th International Book Fair in Thessaloniki. The fair, the only international book fair in Greece, serves as a cultural crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, the Balkans and the Mediterranean.
This year saw the participation of 400 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, and 250 authors. A rich program of events was presented by organizers, including conferences, workshops, lectures, round table discussions, business meetings, artistic and theatrical events, child and adolescent-targeted educational events, and a literary cafe.
Country guest of honor this year was Russian, and a thematic tribute to "Refugees, Then and Now" was observed, emphasizing contemporary refugees issues as well as the historical dimensions of refugees in general.
President of the Greek Foundation for Culture, Konstantinos Tsoukalas, stressed the critical cultural importance for Greece of the Fair, while Mr. Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of Russia, in his speech at the opening of the Exhibition, declared the Fair a unique forum for dialogue among book lovers and publishing industry professionals. In a positive development for the exhibition, the regional governor of Central Macedonia, Mr. Apostle Tzitzikosta assured that the Fair will be funded through the new fiscal year.