Romania’s Ministry of Culture is inviting Romanian towns and cities to run for the World Book Capital 2018 title as part of a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – World Book Capital competition.
“A Romanian city could be the World Book Capital in 2018. The Culture Ministry is inviting Romanian towns and cities to run for the title as part of a UNESCO – World Book Capital competition. The action is aimed at UNESCO’s recognition of the efforts deployed by the bidders to promote books and reading, with the winner to bear the title for one year starting and ending on the International Day of Books and Copyrights in two consecutive years (April 23)”, Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu says in a Facebook post.
The Culture Ministry says the selection board, operating under the aegis of UNESCO, will be made up of one representative each of the International Publishers Association, the European and International Booksellers’ Federation, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, UNESCO, as well as two independent experts, NGOs and/or independent organisations designed by NATO on a rotational basis. UNESCO’s director general is in charge with making sure the procedures for the selection of the winning bidder are followed through.
Applications have to be submitted by May 31, 2016 in English or French, while the selection is scheduled for June 30 and the final results are made public on July 15.
The 2016 world book capital is the town of Wroclaw, Poland, while the title in 2017 will go to Conakry of Guinea.
The first edition of the competition took place in 1996, with Madrid becoming the first world book capital in 2001.