BookCity Milan and the Future of Storytelling

BookCity Milan and the Future of Storytelling

Quite simply, there is nothing like the ineffable experience of reading a book and losing yourself for a while in the captivation of storytelling. Yet, the way we read is evolving. Where we once could only feel the cover and turn the pages, today technology has brought literature to limitless digital platforms.

Milan is not only the capital of fashion, design and finance, but also publishing. Such is why from October 22-25 literature, storytelling, workshops, performances and much more will come alive in Milan all thanks to BookCity. Its purpose: to revel in books and admire the vernacular of authors.

The multitude of events will be dedicated to literature and reading deployed throughout the city. Incorporating traditional books as well as advanced electronic platforms. With more than 800 events, presentations, dialogues, book readings, exhibitions, shows, seminars on new reading practices, it’s an embrace of the tradition and future of storytelling.

BookCity Milan also provides various special projects with supporting institutions such as: University City Theatre, which will bring readers in university classrooms, libraries, corridors and courtyards to all the universities of Milan (Bocconi, IULM, Biococca, Cattolica & Polytechnic), Schools Project with the aim of enhancing Milan through connecting publishing and professionals on the basis of the common theme of reading.

This year, Castello Sforzesco is the epicenter of BookCity. Yet, BookCity’s reach is unlimited as it’s present in 200 areas of the metropolitan city, including museums, theaters, libraries, bookstores and many more.

Moreover, BookCity is divided into thematic poles for dialogue on specific issues including: Art at the Palazzo Reale, Children at MUBA, Cinema at the Triennale, Culture at the Museum of Cultures, Photography, Digital, Health and Sustainability to name a few. 

BookCity Milan held a press conference on September 30th, 2015 at the Palazzo Reale. Notable speakers from the conference included:

"BookCity Milan has become a successful model capable of continuous regeneration through innovations that is brought ever year through the program,” said the Councilor for Culture Filippo Del Corno.

“BookCity is now ingrained in the cultural fabric of the city and strongly supported by the citizens,” Luca Formenton, president of the organizing committee said.

From classic to contemporary to brand new books, every reader is considered. The collection of literature showcased is on loan from the collections of historical public and private libraries allowing for reading as an individual but also collective.

The timing of BookCity is impeccable as EXPO 2015 is a time when Milan is lively with tourists and a plethora of cultures. Introducing the New Covenant for a sustainable future and the reflection on the development of Luciano Carrino, who inspired the KIP International School pavilion at EXPO.

So grab a book, whether it be a hardcopy or on your electronic reader, and relax with BookCity Milan and become a part of the future of storytelling. Such is the reason Milan is a place to BE. 

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