The Committees of the regions of Calabria, Lombardy and Puglia have chosen the Day of April 23rd, World Book and Copyright Day, as a significant date to celebrate.
Calabria – The date of the 23rd of April is particularly significant for the Calabria region and in particular for the city of Reggio Calabria, as on the same day, falls the religious celebration in honor of San Giorgio Megalomartire, patron saint of the city. The intent of the Committee, in unison with the city of Reggio Calabria, is to reconcile the celebratory spirit (for religious, traditional and sacral aspects) of the 23rd of April, to the international tradition spread all over the world thanks UNESCO, which sees on the same date the celebration of the day of the book and which is characterized by the gesture-symbol, the mutual exchange of roses and books between friends and lovers on this date, as a sign of love and / or mutual respect, according to the romantic legend linked to the figure of St. George.
Lombardy – The Lombardy Committee has recognized to the Associazione Intermediari del Diritto d’Autore the co-ordination of a non-commercial event that goes to celebrate the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day to be held on 23/04/2017, recognizing in AIDA a privileged and reliable interlocutor for the specific topic. Copyright is defined as a right of the person. It concerns the creator rather than the created thing and is at the same time an economic right and a moral right. The Committee of the Lombardy Region believes that the relationship between author and work is a legal patrimonial relationship that must be protected and a relationship that also affects the personality interests of the creator of the artistic content as well as having a socio-cultural impact on the performance of the industry creative. For this reason the committee has chosen to co-organize an event that goes to celebrate the day.
Puglia – Debates for the protection and enhancement of publishing, exchange of books, presentations, readings, workshops to promote reading and make it accessible to all. This is the program of “Liberi di leggere”, an organized event (to celebrate the International Day of Books and Copyright) by the Seca Foundation and the Regional Council for Puglia in collaboration with the UNESCO Young People’s Committee and the Pugliese Public Theater. If, as stated by Irina Bokova, General Director of Unesco, “literacy is the door that leads to knowledge”, books are the path of which the path is composed, a route to freedom. Hence the idea of the museum as an educational tool for sensitization to reading.