Guadalajara (Mexico), November 25 (EFE).- The European Union fills the Mexican Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) with color and technology, this Saturday the opening of its pavilion, the guest of honor at the 37th edition. The book festival takes place from November 25 to December 3 in the city of Guadalajara in the western state of Jalisco.
Gautier Mignot, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Mexico, said during the opening ceremony that this location in the middle of the exhibition grounds will help create an open dialogue by connecting the 27 member countries of this economic and political gathering with readers.
The pavilion is inspired by the Bauhaus art movement of the first half of the 20th century and promotes values such as humanity, sustainability, inclusion and hospitality to promote interaction with the people attending FIL.
„The European Union wants to relaunch the humanitarian spirit of this movement, the so-called New European Bauhaus, as a means of engaging the economic sector, civil society and citizens in addressing the challenges of climate change,” he pointed out.
The 1,130 square meter space will be the center of the EU’s presence at the FIL, and a rotunda designed for this purpose will host editorial news and create spaces for dialogue between public, cultural and literary activities, he pointed out. .
Technology and sustainability will be key elements to reduce the environmental impact of the pavilion, which will feature a 3D printed cactus island that absorbs carbon dioxide.
„This pavilion invites you to better understand European culture in its richness and diversity. It will host literary, cultural and linguistic events, a European bookstore and digital media library, an interactive cultural installation, two auditoriums and spaces for business meetings,” he noted.
Dozens of young people from the region will act as cultural mediators, providing participants with information to facilitate a better understanding of the EU, he concluded.
The 37th edition of FIL kicked off this Saturday with the arrival of 650 writers from 45 countries and a program that included 630 book launches of various genres and around 3,000 literary, cultural, food gatherings and musical performances. EFE