From March 15 to 18, the Leipzig Book Fair will be held in Germany. At the first great German Book Fair of the spring, almost 2,400 exhibitors from more than 40 countries will present their works to approx. 200,000 visitors.
The guest of honor of this year’s edition of the Leipzig Book Fair is Romania. Under the motto “Zoom in Romania”, the cultural Romanian stage will be presented in more than 50 events.
“On this occasion, the literary journey will take us not only among the Romanian classics, but over 40 new translations that will be presented for the first time at the Leipzig Book Fair. The journey will be complemented by an exciting framework program: some of the most important moments are “Zilele Fimului Romanesc” (“The Romanian Film’s Days” – e.n.), the Photo Exhibition entitled „A existat mereu aceasta speranta – fosti deportati de origine germana in Rusia isi amintesc” (“There was always this hope – former German deportees in Russia remember” – e.n.), as well as a literary and musical meeting between the writer Herta Müller and the Romanian musician Ada Milea,” a press release of the German Embassy in Bucharest informs.
Starting from Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the German Embassy in Bucharest wishes “Good luck and enjoyable reading!” to Romania, on a banner placed on the façade of the Embassy’s building. Also on Wednesday, Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt will receive the authors who will leave Bucharest to go to the Book Fair, to wish them a successful trip and a stay as interesting as possible in Leipzig.
Exhibition “Leipzig-Bucharest-Lipscani: an European story,” on Tuesday inaugurated in Leipzig
The exhibition “Leipzig-Bucharest-Lipscani: an European story,” organized by the Bucharest Municipality Museum will be hosted by the Leipzig City Hall over March 6-15 on Stadt Leipzig: Martin-Luther-Ring 4-6, and over April 12 – May 6, at the Promenaden Hauptbahnof Commercial Centre, also in Leipzig.
“This exhibition presents for the first time to the German audience the history of the trade on the Lipscani Street during the seasonal fairs, organized by the Leipzig Municipality since the 18th century. In the German space there is knowledge of such historical streets called Lipscani in some of the cities in Muntenia and Oltenia, which appeared due to this commercial ties with Germany dated back in the 18th century,” the organizers told AGERPRES.
The inauguration of the exhibition will take place in the lobby of the Leipzig City Hall, in the presence of General Mayor Burkhard Jung and Romanian Ambassador to Germany Emil Hurezeanu.
A documentary film is also to be presented at the exhibition, about the Lipscani phenomenon.
During the event to be launch in Germany on March 15, the books “Lepizig-Bucharest-Lipscani: an European story,” realized by the specialists from the Bucharest Municipality Museum. The event will take place at the Book Fair in Leipzig – 2-018 (Messe-Alee 1), at Romania’s stand. There will be participating Adrian Majuru, the manager of the Bucharest Municipality museum and the editor of the book and the Romanian Ambassador in Germany Emil Hurezeanu.
“The exhibition and editorial project Leipzig-Bucharest-Lipscani: A European story aims to offer the public the story of a German street in “Little Paris” and in fact to describe a historical reality: although Bucharest was culturally anchored in the francophone space, the professional skills were culturally dependent on the German one. The latter was much older than the French cultural influence, which became very present in the Romanian city only after 1830. Apart from the story of Bucharest’s Lipscani Street – which from a commercial area became the banking ‘city’ of Romania in 1900 – we wish to complete this narration with the brief history of the most important merchants in Bucharest who linked their lives to Leipzig and in the same time, the biographies of German entrepreneurs who chose Bucharest for their life project, such as the Gaiser, Storck or Oppler families (…) This is a European story almost 400 years old. A story that connected two cities through the tenacity of certain people, who had a different life project. However, we must point out that the story of the two cities feature similarities in certain economic aspects,” says Adrian Majuru, quoted in the release.
The Bucharest Municipality Museum achieved this project with the support of the Bucharest City Hall, in order to build stronger ties with Leipzig and the Romanian-German economic space,” reads the release.