The 33rd University Book Fair has opened in Mexico, and Russia has become its guest of honor. This was reported by El Universal on August 28.
Due to the emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be virtual, according to Marco Antonio Alfaro Morales, Cultural Development Coordinator at the University of Hidalgo and President of the University Book Fair.
Russia was chosen as the guest of honor of the event.
The main theme of the fair, which will last until September 6, will be the development of artificial intelligence, the organizers of the event noted.
Russia’s participation in the fair, organized by the Autonomous University of the Mexican State of Hidalgo, is timed to coincide with the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, celebrated this year.
Rossotrudnichestvo noted that during the fair there will be online exhibitions dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory, sights of Russia, cycles of Russian cinema, lectures on the history of bilateral relations, education in Russia, Russian literature, master classes in the Russian language and cooking Russian cuisine.
According to Andrey Pakhomov, a representative of Rossotrudnichestvo, holding the forum in this format opens up new opportunities to attract an audience and the Russian virtual pavilion will be able to visit not only Mexicans, but also residents of other Latin American countries who are interested in the culture, history and traditions of Russia, TASS reports.
Thanks to the organizations of compatriots living in Mexico and representatives of the Association of graduates of Soviet and Russian universities, the program of the Russian Federation is presented this year so extensively, Pakhomov added.
The day before, it was reported that the 33rd Moscow International Book Fair had opened on September 2. It will become the second major cultural event in the country after the Red Square Book Festival to be held “live” after the partial lifting of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For the first time, the fair will be held simultaneously both online and offline, and thus will be available for participation anywhere in the world.