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.

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 in Padula (12-14 May 2017)

Festival in Skopje (15-17 September 2017)

  • 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 in Tirana (16-18 March 2018)