With the concert by the Teofilovic Brothers, the sounds of a marching band, and welcome speeches from academic Miro Vuksanovic and Austrian writer Karl-Markus Gauss, the 62nd Belgrade Book Fair has opened its doors to visitors.
During the seven days, close to 500 exhibitors, including 50 foreign ones, will present their books to the visitors.
A special segment of this year’s fair, called ‘Four Countries, One Language’, is dedicated to the German literature and language. Four German-speaking countries – Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein – will present their literature and most popular writers.
Through various events and programmes, the Fair will also mark the 800th anniversary of the coronation of the Serbian king Stefan Prvovencani, 250th anniversary of the birth of Filip Visnjic, a Bosnian Serb epic poet, 125th anniversary of the birth of writer and Nobel Prize laureate, Ivo Andric, 150 years since the death of Charles Baudelaire, 100 years since the death of Serbian poet Vladislav Petkovic Dis, 170th anniversary of the iconic book ‘Gorski Vijenac’ written by Petar Petrovic Njegos, 50 years since the release of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book ‘100 Years of Solitude’, and 50 years since the release of the book ‘Dervish and Death’, written by Mesa Selimovic.
23rd and 24th October are family days at the fair, while 26th October is the day when pupils and students can buy tickets to the fair at discounted prices. The regular prices are 250 dinars for individual tickets, and 150 dinars for group tickets.
The Fair closes on 29th October.
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