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13-04-2005 4:45 pm Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will mark the designation of Montreal as World Book Capital City 2005-2006 on April 26, 2005 at UNESCO Headquarters, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Greeted by performers from Cirque du Soleil, guests will be entertained, inspired and provoked by readings and poems evocative of Montreal. The event will bring together authors and artists, as well as public figures from the world of culture, diplomacy and international politics.
UNESCO named Montreal World Book Capital City from April 23, 2005 to April 22, 2006 in recognition of the quality of its programs to promote books and reading and the dedication of all players in the book industry. Montreal also has an extremely vibrant literary scene, at the crossroads of diverse cultures: French, English, Aboriginal, Caribbean, Hispanic as well as Oriental.

At a time when UNESCO Member States are developing a Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions, Montreal in particular is proving to be a large, harmonious metropolis, enriched by all its cultural expressions.

Montreal is the fifth city to be named World Book Capital City after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003) and Antwerp (2004). Each year, a selection committee meets at UNESCO Headquarters to review the programs of candidate cities and bestow the title of World Book Capital City on the best program promoting books and reading. The committee ensures that each region of the world is represented in turn.

UNESCO is organizing the opening ceremonies for Montreal’s special year in conjunction with the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, the Délégation générale du Québec for Francophone and Multilateral affairs in France, the City of Montreal, the Board of Directors of Montreal, World Book Capital City, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

This Parisian event will follow the big Fête du Livre in Montreal (April 22 to 24), images of which will be broadcast throughout the evening.






Source Media Advisory N°2005-25
Author(s) UNESCOPRESS



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