Göteborg Book Fair will be officially opened on Thursday, but already on Wednesday held the first press conference.
This year’s fair is the main theme of Hungary, which has been debated for the last few days. The fair has among other things been criticized for collaboration with the Hungarian Cultural Institute Balassi, the occasion of Hungary’s actions in the refugee catastrophe and the country’s restricted press freedom.
Critics have called for more events that are taking up the issue of migration. One of the later arrivals program points is a manifestation of humane refugee policy, but more news was not presented at the press conference.
Daniel Levin, the Book Fair program manager, does not agree with the critics, but believes that the program is wide enough:
– The debate is obviously out of place but I think we already have a broad program that captures and illuminates all aspects of these issues. Since it is important to remember that the book fair is “live”, it is now these talks should take place. The program is not fully completed until the trade fair closes.
One of the great Hungarian names at the fair, Péter Esterházy, has set his participation due to illness.