POSTED: May 11th 2013

Buenos Aires holds International Book Fair, International Festival of Poetry

The city will host the IOC Session in September as well / Buenos Aires Tourism
The city will host the IOC Session in September as well / Buenos Aires Tourism

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 8th International Festival of Poetry will be held in Buenos Aires until 15 May in advance of the Argentinean capital’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The poetry festival will take place on the Rural de Palermo campus with 32 poets from 15 countries, showcasing the international flavour of the event. The festival’s Opening Ceremony had a dedication to Cuban national hero Jose Marti and Dutch poet Cees Noteboom. It was the 160th anniversary of Marti’s birthday and Noteboom read passages from her work at the International Book Fair.

The 39th International Book Fair of Buenos Aires is also happening alongside the International Festival of Poetry. Millions of visitors have been drawn to Buenos Aires in recent years for the International Book Fair, with this year’s installment showcasing live music, poetry recitals, workshops, lectures, and dance shows.

“We believe Buenos Aires is leading a global city for wonderful cultural and social events that can offer young people across the world a stimulating and inspirational experience,” Buenos Aires 2018 Chief Executive and Buenos Aires Under Secretary of Sport Francisco Irarrazaval said. “The International Festival of Poetry and the International Book Fair have shown the ability to attract a global audience and they also demonstrate the passion that the citizens of Buenos Aires have for culture. We intend to harness this passion and utilize it as an educational tool for young people throughout Argentina and Latin America.

“If Buenos Aires has the honour of hosting the 2018 YOG, many of the activities in the Culture and Educational Programme would resemble these fantastic events. We are committed to providing a learning and sharing programme through a series of engaging, motivating and enriching activities that the young athletes of the YOG can immerse themselves in.”        

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