UNESCO names Tbilisi World Book Capital for 2021

UNESCO names Tbilisi World Book Capital for 2021

Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay has named Tbilisi the World Book Capital for the year of 2021, per the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, which met in Switzerland in June 2019.

Georgia has called the decision "historic," noting it will promote Georgian culture and literature, further raising awareness about the country and attract many tourists.

The year of celebrations will start on April 23, 2021, on World Book and Copyright Day.

UNESCO reports that specifically designed for children, youngsters and readers who have limited access to books, the activity programme will be driven by innovation.

"The city's principal objective is to popularise reading and increase accessibility to books for all social backgrounds," Agenda.ge cited USESCO as saying.