The signatures of Mayor Gergely Karácsony and Deputy Mayor responsible for cultural affairs Erzsébet Gy. Németh signal the completion of a process in which the entire Hungarian book industry, the cultural institutions of Budapest and the government agencies responsible for foreign relations and culture have joined forces to develop the programme.
The project team working on the application ‘Budapest for World Book Capital 2023’ contacted the authors of Mexico’s application. The Mexican city of Guadalajara won the title last year and will be World Book Capital between 23 April 2022 and 22 April 2023.
With members representing the book industry and reading culture organisations, the newly established Board helps embed both traditional ideas and bottom-up initiatives within the strategy of the World Book Capital application.
If supported by UNESCO, Budapest will host a year-long series of programmes in 2023, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda.
The initiative would both serve as a boost to the book industry and cultural tourism and offer the world an opportunity to rediscover Budapest through these outstanding cultural events.