Book Night 2015: Book-ing our way through the dark
For the fourth consecutive year and this time under the slogan Book-ing our way through the dark, Croatian Book Night will be held on 23 April 2015, World Book and Copyright Day.
Book Night 2015 will be held in more than 180 cities and town across Croatia, with the greatest number of programmes scheduled to take place in Zagreb. Some 400 participating institutions such as libraries, bookstores, publishing companies and institutions, educational institutions, cultural centres, museums and galleries are preparing more than 1,000 special programmes and events. These will include public readings, creative workshops, quiz games, prize games, film screenings, as well as book launches and get-togethers with various writers. Programmes will include the participation of many authors, editors, translators, musicians, actors, performers, as well as meteorologists, museum specialist, and all kinds of book enthusiasts and lovers of the written word.
Owing to this year’s strong response of schools and kindergartens, Book Night 2015 will offer additional programmes aimed at highlighting the significance of books and reading from an early age.
Book sales and discounts will be available throughout the entire day in more than 80 Croatian bookstores and antiquarian bookshops. Many libraries will be offering free user registration, waive late return charges and make available many other similar conveniences.
Croatian Radio and Television will also join Book Night 2015 by showing a series of film adaptations of some of the major works of world literature such as those by Miguel de Cervantes, Jaroslav Hašek, Herman Melville, Raymond Chandler, Yukio Mishima and others, as well as through other special television programmes dedicated to books and literature.
This year’s Book night programme will also include KNJIZ or BOOQUIZ, a quiz-like competition between Croatian cities in which the representatives of Split, Zagreb, Rijeka, Šibenik and Osijek will demonstrate their knowledge of literature.
Zagreb ZOO has also prepared a special programme for the youngest “booknighters” in which reading and other creative workshops focusing on popular books and stories on animals will blend with special tours of the ZOO where children will experience exciting encounters with lions, wolves, snakes, parrots and other wild inhabitants of the ZOO.
During Book Night Croatian prisons and penitentiaries will keep their lights on so that their inmates might spend some extra time reading and they will also be able to watch the special movie marathon that will be shown by the Croatian Radio and Television.
For the second time a special Book Night programme will also be held in Slovenia and Montenegro and currently there is an initiative to spread this programme to other countries in the region and the world.
Book Night 2015 will open with a special programme at the National and University Library in Zagreb on 23 April at 12.00, on which occasion an announcement will be issued on the beginning of a public debate on the Draft of the National Strategy on the Promotion of Reading and the latest results of a research into the Croatian book market will be presented. The programme will also include the opening of the Shots to Read 2015 exhibition (Kadar za čitanje 2015.), which will feature a selection of photographs from a photography competition held by Book Night and the Zagreb-based photography club Fotoklub Zagreb and as part of which awards to winners of the competition will be presented. Visitors of the Library will also be able to hear lullabies, ballads and other enchanting pieces of “night music” performed by the Dnevni quartet ensemble. This special opening programme will be held with the presence of the Library’s Director General Dunja Seiter-Šverko, President of the Croatian Publishers and Booksellers Association Mišo Nejašmić, representative of the Croatian Ministry of Culture Berislav Šipuš, representative of the GfK market research agency Tamara Kraus, art historian and art critic Branka Hlevnjak, President of Fotoklub Zagreb Damir Tiljak and the members of the Book Night’s Dnevni quartet ensemble Igor Pavlica, Damir Prica Kafka, Miro Manojlović and Roko Crnić.
This year the Book Night team in collaboration with the CeKaPe centre organised a competition for the Book Night slogan. The author of the winning slogan, Book-ing our way through the dark is Tomislav Šulj. Martin Majcenović is the author of the second-best slogan Read, so that you are not left wordless, and Josipa Marenić took third place with her slogan Read me between the lines.
The organisers of the 2015 Book Night are the Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, National and University Library in Zagreb, Zagreb City Libraries, Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association – ZANA (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika), the Knjižni blok – Inicijativa za knjigu pro-book association and the Moderna vremena portal dedicated to books and culture.
Book Night 2015 programme is held under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and is also supported by the Croatian Commission for UNESCO at the Croatian Ministry of Culture. Financial support for the holding of this year’s Book Night was provided by Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association – ZANA (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika), the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb.