Interliber: 40th international book and teaching aids fair
Interliber, a Zagreb-based international book and teaching aids fair, will this year again welcome all book enthusiasts and book professionals alike, and that for the celebratory, 40th time.
Every year in November, tens of thousands flock to Interliber, Zagreb’s heaven for book lovers and publishers which is this year celebrating 40 years since its establishment. This year’s edition will be held from 7 to 12 November in Pavilions 5 and 6 of the Zagreb Fair compound, under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Mayor of Zagreb. Entrance will be free of charge from 10.00 to 20.00 from 7 to 9 and on 12 November, while on 10 and 11 November, all Interliber visitors will be able to enjoy an extra hour of its rich celebratory programme, which will run until 21.00.
The Fair’s specially prepared “science zone” (Znanstveni kvart, or Scientific Quarter), an interactive side programme aimed at the popularisation of science in a practical and at the same time entertaining way, will include the representatives of many science-oriented associations, scientific and research institutes, museums and many prominent individuals from the scientific community, and will be organised according to different target groups and scientific disciplines. Visitors will be able to take part in various experiments and workshops, have first-hand experience of technological innovations, and have fun in the accompanying amusement park. Some of this year’s attractive activities will include learning how to forecast weather, isolate one’s DNA, getting acquainted with what geologists do and helping them put together the skeleton of nothing less than an Apatosaurus, exploring a mystery called the brain, making a model of the kingfisher, sewing bacteria and lots of chemistry experiments and math games. Secondary school students from Zagreb will present their one-of-a-kind robot puppet theatre, while three distinguished Croatian scientists, Saša Ceci, Vladimir Stilinović and Nikola Poljak, will give their most personal answers to the ultimate question of being a scientist – is it something downright cool and great or perhaps not so grand kind of fate?
Apart from a special cultural and musical programme jointly organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, City of Zagreb and Zagreb Fair, the Interliber programme will also include its traditional book sales, the launching of new titles, roundtable discussions, creative writing workshops, reading spots, workshops for children, presentations of literary awards, get-togethers with Croatian and foreign writers, author presentations and book signings, etc.
Wishing to make everyone’s visit to Interliber as pleasant as it can possibly get, its organisers have again made provisions for the so-called “book pantries” (Knjižider), places in both pavilions specially designed for visitors to safely put away their bookish spoils so that they can freely enjoy Interliber’s programme.
All you book fans and lovers of the written word, learn more about the 40th Interliber and do come and visit it!