CULTURE

Scripta 2003 starts in May

Scripta, a new international book and graphics fair that is to be inaugurated this May in Thessaloniki, aims to link the developed book markets of Europe and the USA with those of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Balkans and Central Europe. Alongside Scripta there will be a parallel fair devoted to new technologies and their application to books and publishing. The fair stems from a Greek initiative at the February 2002 meeting in Thessaloniki of the ministers of culture and sport from Southeast Europe, and the intention is to give emerging book markets the international exposure they deserve but do not usually get. With a varied program of cultural events, Scripta is also designed as an open forum for dialogue and a bridge between North and South, East and West. On the agenda are author presentations, seminars for publishers and literary agents, and meetings for European professional associations and translation centers or other institutions that promote collaboration. Other activities will include musical, theater and cinema events. Scripta is being run by the National Book Center (EKEBI) and the HELEXPO international exhibition center, under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Culture and with its support. At the HELEXPO international exhibition center in Thessaloniki, from May 28 to June 1. Tel. 2310.291.293.