The fifth edition of the Bookfest Chisinau International Book Fair was launched on Wednesday, August 31, at the State University of Moldova.
High state officials from the Republic of Moldova and Romania were present at the official opening of the event. They include the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, The Minister of Culture of Moldova, Sergiu Prodan and many others.
Starting from Wednesday, about 30 publishing houses from Romania and the Republic of Moldova will build a literary bridge over the Prut. The Fair will be attended by: All, Art, Arc, AGIR, Cartego, Curtea Veche, Didactica, Istros, Cartier, Eikon, Gama, Junimea, Lumen, Universitaria, Vasiliana, Epigraf, Eurodidactica, Humanitas, Romanian Cultural Institute, Litera, Nemira , Prut, RAO, Sofia, Trei and other renowned publishing houses.
For five days, Bookfest visitors will have the opportunity to browse through pages of the freshest publications, participate in book launches, literary debates, workshops and much more.
This year’s edition enjoys the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and of the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis.
“I am happy to be here, on this day when the Romanian language is celebrated in Chisinau, in Bucharest, but also in many other countries. The International Book Fair Bookfest 2022 proves to us that the Romanian language is and feels at home on both banks of the Prut. Writers from the Republic of Moldova publish their books at publishing houses in Romania: in Bucharest, in Iasi, in Timișoara or in Bistrița. At the same time, Romanian authors find it prestigious to publish books in Chisinau. I appreciate this increasingly concentrated infusion of quality Romanian cultural product in Chisinau. I am also sure that the performance of our creative people, of our artists, is appreciated in the cities of Romania”. This was said by Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova.
Sergiu Nistor, Presidential Advisor, Department of Culture, Cults and National Minorities, Presidential Administration, Romania, came with a message from the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis.
“The Bookfest International Fair is an expression of the common cultural space, a materialization of the European aspirations of the Romanians on both banks of the Prut. This true book festival is a powerful symbol of solidarity and hope, a sign so necessary to show that through language and literature, through the traditions that unite us, Romanians have always successfully overcome historical vicissitudes”.
The launch event ended with a tour of the officials through the book fair, where they had the opportunity to get to know the 30 publishing houses present.
The 2022 edition of the International Book Fair Bookfest Chisinau benefits from the financial support of the Department for Relations with the Republic of Moldova. Also, the Ministry of Culture from Romania and the Ministry of Culture from Moldova, USAID and the Government of Sweden. All within the Project Technologies of the Future. The organizers are the National Library of the Republic of Moldova, the State University of Moldova, Mediacor. Also, the Union of Publishers from the Republic of Moldova, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Moldova and the Association of Publishers from Romania.