Over 100 publishers are expected to exhibit 1500 new books in the 20th Pristina Book Fair which opened at capital’s Youth Centre on Tuesday, gazeta express reported.
Head of Kosovo’s Society of Publishers, Daut Demaku, said that this is the biggest cultural event organised in Kosovo, and with a tradition of 20 years. Publishers from Kosovo, Albania, and other Albanian speaking areas will exhibit for one week in Pristina their books.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj who attended the opening ceremony promised to publishers that the Government will support publishing of new books and will scrap taxes, including the Value Added Tax (VAT).
Noteworthy, Pristina had always a development in trading due to its position of the Balkan trade routes. Fairs in Pristina started since the medieval period, at the time when it was famous for its annual trade fairs and its goat hide and goat hair articles. Despite that fact Pristina, or Kosovo in general is not known for occurrence of fairs. With the development of culture and especially after the last war in 1999, Pristina had a progress on holding these kinds of events.
Every year various types of trade fairs take place in the capital city. The essence of these fairs is usually temporary; some last only an afternoon while others may last around 3 days, a week or even longer. They have grown in size and importance over the years. These fairs are organized annually and are open to trade visitors and public. The number of exhibitors and visitors is usually very high.
One of the most successful ways for books to be closer with the readers is the traditional organization of Pristina's book fair and the participation of Kosovo's publishers with common stand at the fair on the world renowned - Frankfurt.
The first book fair took place on 17 to 22 November 1999 but others were organized during May and June. The number of participants is about 100 publishers, mostly from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Diaspora.