$1,500 million in sales left the first weekend of the Book Festival in Medellín

100,000 attendees enjoyed a series of activities and workshops in the first weekend of the Medellin book fair.  Photo via: Ministry of Citizen Culture
100,000 attendees enjoyed a series of activities and workshops in the first weekend of the Medellin book fair. Photo via: Ministry of Citizen Culture

The first weekend of the Book Festival in Medellin exceeded the economic expectations of the 160 exhibitors of the trade show, who reported that they exceeded 1.5 billion pesos in sales and approximately 100,000 visitors were registered during these sessions.

It should be noted that this new edition was held in Carabobo Norte, which has favored attendance and the deployment of activities in spaces that add to the economic reactivation strategy in the city, after the restrictions implemented in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

“We are doing very well in our first days of the Book and Culture Festival in its 16th edition. This festival is public, it is for everyone, we have open doors for citizens to come and appropriate this very important space for the city, which constitutes one of the most important cultural heritage. Very invited to come and go through all the activities and all the passion for the world of letters and literature that is breathed within the Book and Culture Festival”, highlighted Juan David Maya, Undersecretary of Libraries, Reading and Heritage.

As for the figures reported by booksellers, more than 35,000 books were sold during these days, which represents a great contribution in the economic reactivation of the bookstore and publishing sector, in addition, a positive impact of consumption has been seen in the strategic points of food, sweets and drinks.

“In Vestigio we edit science fiction and strange, bizarre and Portuguese literature and with Valija de Fuego we are also a matter of elements of ideals, because it works as a rebellious, punk and anarchist publishing house, which are ideals that we share. Our experience at the Book Festival has been super positive, it has been very interesting to see how people respond live to the product and the content that we have”, added exhibitor Diego Cepeda, from the Vestigio publishing house.

The Medellin 2022 Book Festival, a recreational and cultural space for all ages Photo via: Ministry of Citizen Culture
The Medellin 2022 Book Festival, a recreational and cultural space for all ages Photo via: Ministry of Citizen Culture

On the other hand, the activities that presented the greatest participation and attendance of the publicduring this weekend were: the work ‘Coronavirus‘ of the Barefoot Eagle which had more than three thousand spectators on the Carabobo Stage, also, the launches of the writer Mario Mendoza, “Reading is Resisting” and the graphic novel with Keco Olano and Heidi Muskus “Los Fugitivos”, summoned 1,500 people.

At the same time, the Book Festival had a guest of honor, the Argentine author Camila Sosa, who spoke with the teacher and researcher Analú Laferal about literature, writing and words as a form and path towards an identity, This appointment summoned more than 350 attendees.

On the other hand, during the conference the first Orality Meeting was highlighted, in the Explora Theater and in the Carabobo Stage, this being a space to enjoy the oral wealth of Colombian communities and cultures. This meeting highlighted from the most traditional such as storytelling, trova, poetry and ancestral knowledge, as well as urban forms with freestyle and rap.

“The balance this weekend is very positive, we have exceeded all expectations, both in number of attendees and in sales. We had a great party, we returned to the usual spaces: Carabobo, Parque Explora, Parque de los Deseos, Casa de la Música, Universidad de Antioquia and, of course, Jardín Botánico”, commented Ana Piedad Jaramillo, director of the Events of the Medellin Book,

The director of the Medellin Book Events highlighted the positive balance that took place during the first weekend of the Book Festival

In relation to the activities developed for the little ones (girls and boys) ‘El Jardín Lectura viva, el corazón de la Fiesta’ registered the participation of more than 21,600 children and young people in the different literary, writing and orality workshops that were developing over the two days.

As far as the 54 entrepreneurs of the ‘Made in Peace’ strategy of the Secretariat of Non-Violencereported sales of 25 million pesos, developing messages of reconciliation through products such as chocolate, craft beer, clothing and fabrics, among These participants appreciate the signatories for life and for peace.

“Today I was at the Book and Culture Festival, I was with two friends talking and seeing a lot of extremely interesting books and they served us so much to broaden our tours as people, to say: ‘I already read this one or I didn’t know this author, or look at this so cool, so cool!’, and we could also see that there were many things about our profession that we had not known, research topics or about philosophers or poets that I had known or heard in life, “said Yuliana Baena, assistant of the journey.

Finally, these are other activities that were developed significantly for attendees as well as for promoters and exhibitors, at the Medellin Book Festival 2022:

-Spokespersons: Juan David Maya, Undersecretary of Libraries, Reading and Heritage; and Ana Piedad Jaramillo, director of the Medellin Book Events

-The visit of the writers Mario Mendoza and Camila Sosa stands out, with presentations that exceeded 1,850 spectators.

-The Orality Meeting was one of the most applauded events with more than 4,000 attendees during the two days.

-21,661 children, young people and adults have participated in the activities to promote reading, writing and orality in the Living Reading Garden.

One of the alternative representatives of literature, supported the importance of these cultural spaces and knowledge

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