Coburg’s albertsplatz becomes a “reading living room

The idea originated in austria, but has since spread to germany and switzerland – and is making a name for itself in the 9. Up to 12. May in coburg: at the art and culture event “stadt-lesen” (city reading) it’s all about “reading as a pleasure” in the middle of the city to present. In coburg, for example, albertplatz will be transformed into a cozy “reading living room” as the organizers of the salzburger innovationswerkstatt say.

More than 3000 books from all genres and comfortable reading booths are available from 9 a.M. Until nightfall, with free admission to the reading room. Warm blankets are available for cooler evenings of reading, and parasols provide shade during the day. Readers can read from their own works at the readers’ corner.

On integration reading day on friday, 10. May, all citizens of burgenland with a migration background are also invited to present texts written in their mother tongue. The sunday, 12. May is family reading day: children’s and young people’s literature can be found more intensively in the book towers, parents are invited to read aloud and children are allowed to smock to their heart’s content. On friday, 10. May, is also from 18.30 o’clock the children’s book author paul maar as guest.

“City-reading” takes place this year in 23 european cities. After the kick-off in berlin, the tour will go straight to coburg; other stops include graz, zwickau and furth. The finale is in munich .

“We want to show that reading is pleasurable”, explains sebastian mettler, initiator of “stadt-lesen and head of the salzburger innovationswerkstatt the cultural project. “Reading does not bring a world into the head, reading is a world in the head; a very individually imagined one. I wish a lot of world in my head!”

What began in 2009 with nine austrian partner cities is now touring as a large-scale reading event-
event through three european countries. 1,3 million people could be made to smokers during the tour in the previous year and 115 cities were designated as "city-reading-cities" nominated – the reading living room will stop in 23 selected european cities this year.

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