Wednesday, 23 April 2014

April 23rd, 2014 - Opening ceremony of UNESCO Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014

Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in Nigeria, elected UNESCO World Book Capital for 2014, celebrated the nomination with a number of events starting today. The city of Port Harcourt was selected "on account of the quality of its program, in particular its focus on youth, and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria's culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates”. The selection committee included representatives of the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and UNESCO.

Previous World Book Capitals:

Official Poster
  • Bangkok (2013)
  • Yerevan (2012) 
  • Buenos Aires (2011)
  • Ljubljana (2010)
  • Beirut (2009)
  • Amsterdam (2008) 
  • Bogotá (2007)
  • Turin (2006) 
  • Montreal (2005) 
  • Antwerp (2004)
  • New Delhi (2003)
  • Alexandria (2002)
  • Madrid (2001)

Further information:
Official page on Facebook
This Day article on All Africa website

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