Festival: All books are important

At three different periods, in Tirana (Albania), Napoli/Campodimele/Formia (Italy), and Skopje (Macedonia) for the first time will take place such a big event with these three countries in focus, a festival for children. These periods will serve as the culmination of the project. The Festival will specifically aim: transnational mobility, audience development, but will create opportunities for children and youths, and even for their parents, to share experience in an array of different art forms and styles, to introduce new promotional and presenting programs.

The festival will include tens of events (workshops, roundtables, meetings with writers, creative labs, reading, acting and painting corners, etc.), involving over 100 artists and thousands of children and young people.

 

FESTIVAL: ALL BOOKS ARE IMPORTANT

Padula 12-14th of May 2017

 

The Italian edition of “All Books are Important” is the first step on a common path towards integration wanted by Albania, Italy, and Macedonia, whose cultural diversity has been a source of enrichment for the readers of the future. Publishers and writers from the above-mentioned countries started an intercultural dialogue with the students, marked by exchange and mutual understanding, but also an intergenerational dialogue, that helped young people and adults to discover the pleasure of reading.

The event, part of the project “Readers of the Future” cofounded by European Commission, took place in the suggestive Padula Charterhouse, UNESCO heritage, from 12-14th of May 2017. It was organized by the Association Agency Arcipelago Onlus (represented by Angela La Torre, expert in policies for children and adolescents, as president, and Giuseppe Errico, psychologist and europlanner, as coordinator of the project) with the sponsorship of the Assessorato for Education and Social policies of Regione Campania, the municipality of Padula and the Province of Salerno, in collaboration with the publishing houses DITURIA (Tirana) and Tabernakul (Skopje) and the Lions Club Padula-Certosa di San Lorenzo.

At the opening, on May 12th at 10:00 there were many writers, publishers (Guida Editori, Homo Scrivens, and many others), teachers, pupils and politicians. It was a very important institutional moment that pointed out difficulties, possibilities and solutions to realize in close synergy in order to bring young people close to art and culture. In the morning the pupils who took part in the competition “Thousand reasons to read and +. Ideas for the promotion of reading”, realizing drawings, illustrated books and short stories, received a prize. All their works have been exhibited in the Charterhouse’s cave. About a thousand pupils of Campania’s schools participated in the event.

Festival: Reading is cool!

Skopje (15-17 September 2017)

 

From 15th till 17th September 2017 Tabernakul Publishing organized the children’s literature festival “Reading is cool!”, as part of the Project Readers of the Future, with the support of Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The Festival itself  aimed to celebrate books and visuals arts. Having in mind the importance of children’s books, in the Festival were invited distinguished professionals from Macedonia, Albania and Italy to participate in this festival. Among them were children’s authors, illustrators whose works have been published in foreign editions, psychologists, university professors of literature and anthropology, translators, editors, publishers, who did not only discussed their professional experience, but, also, speak as passionate readers. An expert discussion was foreseen regarding the promotion of reading, encouraging the love towards books, the importance of adequate titles in the school curriculum, the significance of suitable illustrations, but also regarding the role of books in an era of electronic devices and social media. However, the most important aspect of the festival were the workshops held by authors and illustrators who revealed their secrets to children, explained the process of creation, while children could contribute with their own ideas. Also, there were workshops dedicated to forgotten Macedonian words and Slavic mythology. Moreover, an exhibition of the works of Aleksandar Sotirovski and Natasha Kostovska, two Macedonian internationally known illustrators, were held during festival days, but also of children’s drawings that arrived at the open call within the project. The festival was primarily aimed at children aged 6 to 14, but it was open to all. Last but not least, the festival also hosted children’s theatre play, poetry readings, short story readings… To read is to discover, to acknowledge, to travel, to enjoy… Therefore, reading is cool!

  • The opening of the Children's Literature Festival "Readers of the Future": Reading is cool! with the presence of guests, writers, editors, illustrators from Italy and Albania, domestic authors and a large number of students from Skopje schools. The attendees ...

  • The first day of the festival through the workshop on the topic "Mythological genealogy: myth-fairy-tale encounters with the old Slavic gods", the professor and writer Dr. Nina Anastasova-Skrinjaric managed to raise great interest among the young audience with the...

  • The famous Macedonian actor Igor Angelov acted as a host and moderator of the "Reading is cool" festival. Andrei and Anja performed a short play based on the famous book "Children's rights book" by the famous Serbian writer Ljubivoje Rsumovic. ...

  • The program continued with an event conceived as The Reader with Igor Angelov, which aroused great interest among the children. The famous actor with a number of books for children with him, among which 13 Tales of Lilonia by Leshek Kolakovski, ...

  • Then followef the workshop with Vanco Polazarevski, the author of "The Uncle Who Planted Bad Words". He highlited the importance of reading everything around us which is like a giant open-readable book....

  • The second day the festival continued with a panel called "All Books Are Important". The festival was greeted by the representatives of the three partners in the project: Ms. Maria Imeri from the publishing house Dituria from Albania, the project holder, Ms. Angela ...

  • Discussion - All books are important: Read a lot, more and more! continued with the presentation of the writer Vanco Polazarevski on the topic "How are they related: the tablet and the book"? Second session: Different, yet the same. The psychologist and organizer of many events in the field of culture and art Angela La Torre presented...

  • The third session continued with the presentation of the particularly prolific Albanian writer for children Pandeli Kochi entitled "Albanian Children's Literature and Its Readers" and the Italian writer and translator Hugo Kundari from Italy who spoke on the topic "The Experience of Italian Authors with Southeast Europe"...

  • The workshop "A picture is worth a thousand words" was conducted by the famous Italian comic artist Francesco Guerrini. A highly professional, almost as a crash course on drawing comics it was presented attentively and with style, which is more accessible to the younger audience. ...

  • On the third festival day, after the short comic book drawing lecture by Italian comic author Francesco Guerini, in front of a young audience, within the workshop "A picture is worth a thousand words" our best known comic author Aleksandar Sotirovski, an illustrator of ...

Festival for Children and Youths: All Books are Important

Tirana (16-18 March 2018)

 

On 16-18 March 2018, at the National History Museum was organized the Multicultural Festival for book and reading, entitled “All books are important”, a very important event, the first of its kind for its focus addressed to children, addressed to the children, for the variety of dimensions
(literature, painting, acting, discussions, etc.), but also for the wide participation, involving children and young people, as well as hundreds of cultural operators working for children’s publications: Albanian and foreign authors and illustrators, translators, librarians, publishers, painters, teachers, culture specialists, etc.

Publishers, authors, creators of figurative arts, translators and musicians, held discussions and exchanged experiences during the 3 days of the Festival. Through various activities, such as: conferences, creative and interactive labs, workshops with authors, illustrators/designers from Albania, Italy and Macedonia; with children’s booksellers; with translators of children literature, roundtables with teachers, students, psychologists, parents, culture and education specialists, writers’ meetings, meetings with children and young people, book presentations with the presence of authors, etc. Over the course of three days, a lot of problems were discussed, ideas for new forms of works for reading and book, for work with public and school libraries, and intertwining various forms of art and culture that would help readers of the future.

The festival was visited by hundreds and hundreds of children and young people, students from Tirana, Fier, Vlora, Patos and Lezha, thanks to a cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Educational Directorates, as well as parents, teachers, pedagogues and students.