World Book Day celebrated online amid COVID-19

(23 Apr 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to it have severely limited public celebration of this year’s World Book Day but online activities continued to promote the power of reading which the UN believes should be leveraged more than ever at a time of lockdown, the Unesco said.

A whole day of events planned for the day marked annually on April 23 at the Unesco headquarters in Paris with different partners had to be cancelled, reports Xinhua news agency.

Several weeks ago, the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, World Book Capital for 2020, cancelled its very high-profile opening ceremony scheduled for April 22, the eve of this year’s World Book Day, said Unesco press officer Clare O’Hagan.

However, some activities still take place online. Sharjah (the United Arab Emirates), World Book Capital 2019, is to celebrate a year of literature, arts, culture and heritage with live streaming for the official closing ceremony.

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