ARTS & LEISURE

Gaudeamus posts all-time visitors record high, 115,000 in five days



The number of people who visited the Gaudeamus International Book Fair (November 20 – November 24) was approximately 115,000 – 75 percent of whom also purchased books – compared to 112,000 at the 2012 edition, thus setting a new record in the history of this event, organizers have stated. According to the flow study conducted throughout the duration of the book fair, visitors spent RON 146 on average at Gaudeamus.
The Gaudeamus trophies, the winners of which were selected by Audience Vote, were awarded on Sunday to three publishing houses – Humanitas (first place), RAO (second place), and Polirom (third place). The ‘Most Coveted for Book of the Fair’ trophy, which underwent the same selection method, was won by RAO publishing house for “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Press trophies, divided into four categories – advertising, television, online, and press agencies – were awarded to Adevarul daily newspaper, Pro TV channel, Agentiadecarte.ro website, and National Press Agency Agerpres. The Excellence Award, worth RON 10,000 and offered by Radio Romania, was granted to Brumar publishing house in Timisoara for its bold promotion of editorial projects aimed at bringing contemporary Romanian literature forward, and for the refined elegance of its published books. The Education Award was won by the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, who celebrated its 100th anniversary since the first publication. The award was granted as a sign of appreciation for the University’s constant and high standard participation in Gaudeamus over the years, as well as this year.
For the first time in Romania, the Goncourt Award was also granted at the GAUDEAMUS 20 award gala to Sorj Chalandon, as representative of the Romanian people’s choice.
Various projects organized by Radio Romania were set in motion during the five days.
This year, the Ion Creanga Children’s Book Salon was organized in partnership with the guest of honor. In a Creative Workshop set up within the Salon together with Lego Romania and Egmont publishing house, children listened to stories every day, took part in contests and creative workshops, and received numerous awards comprising of books and magazines published by Egmont, and Lego building sets.
The ‘Books Are Coming Back Home’ project enjoyed the same great success as last year. The collection of books gathered through donations from visitors and exhibitors consists of over 5,000 books that will be distributed in Romanian-teaching schools in Timoska Krajina (Serbia) with help from Radio Romania Timisoara.
11 pupils awarded with medals at international contests in various study disciplines and beneficiaries of the ‘International Contestants’ Merit’ scholarship were special guests at GAUDEAMUS 20, and were awarded prizes as part of ‘A-grade Guests: Romania’s International Contest Winners.”

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