UNESCO has selected Athens to be World Book Capital for 2018, according to UNESCO announcement issued on Wednesday. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova named the Greek capital on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee, the announcement said.
The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. The proposed programme includes meetings with writers, translators and illustrators, concerts, thematic exhibitions, poetry readings and workshops for publishing professionals. The aim of the programme is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of the Advisory Committee also praised Athens’ cultural infrastructure and its expertise in organizing international events.