Book Fair(y) in Istria was born in 1995 out of a bold gesture of one man to call a small book exhibition ‘at the end of the world’ the 1st Book Fair(y) in Istria. Today’s festival of books and authors is relevant and acknowledged on the Croatian, European and global level, original and authentic in its ways of presenting book-related content, in opening a space for a dialogue between authors and authors, between authors and readers, in setting cornerstones for an evaluation of tradition and contemporaneity. Therefore and moreover, as a fatal place of faith in oneself.
The Fair(y) displays titles published by over 200 publishers from Croatia and other countries, and books and hundreds of events attract up to 60,000 visitors.
Discussions, symposiums, panels and roundtables, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances gather dozens of creative voices, many of which have become part of the cultural memory of the city which does not lack in culture of memory:
Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, Péter Esterházy, Luko Paljetak, Claudio Magris, Alī Aḥmad Sa‘īd Asbar – Adonis, Irvin Welsh, Tess Gallagher, Nedjeljko Fabrio, Jiří Menzel, Alberto Manguel, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Mirko Kovač, Daniel Dennett, Dragutin Tadijanović, Ece Temelkuran, Tatyana Tolstaya, Alexander Genis, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Oksana Zabuzhko, Erri De Luca…