XX INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR-EXHIBITION “GREEN WAVE”
On 4-7 August, 20th Anniversary Book Fair «Green Wave» took place in Odessa. During these days city center has become festive, carnival book place, huge reading hall, area of gambling hunt for rare books and autographs.
On the one hand, 20 years is rather considerable timeframe: it is an impressive age for mass event. On the other hand, 20 years it is youth, freshness, sincerity, willingness to experiment, and to absorb new experiences. We are being changing as the world changes. But the main thing remains the same.
Universality and democratic approach of Odessa Book Fair has remain unchanged – open to everyone: to readers of different generations with different tastes, to everything valuable, vital, interesting that happens in book publishing and literature.
Also the fact has remained unchanged that during all the 20 years «Green Wave» has been famous for its book sales volumes, and is considered the largest book trade platform.
Function of the «Green Wave» has remained invariable: the fair serves as a bridge connecting writers, publishers, booksellers and readers in Odessa in summer.
Our commitment to Odessa literature traditions has remained unchanged, as well as respect and love to wonderful writers, who has glorified Odessa, and retained it as a word in the book.
Our gratitude and great attention to the books and names of the world literature stays invariable. These are traditions. And innovations means filling with new events, names, directions, participants, expanding the semantic and spatial frameworks of the book fair.
The orbit of the anniversary «Green Wave» has involved significant cultural institutions of the city – museums, cultural centers, theaters, clubs, creative associations, bookstores, and events of the Book Fair has occupied number of sites in the city center.
In total, 85 events at 11 locations took place in the frames of the «Green Wave»: opening ceremonies and awards, performances, concerts, show programs, author's evenings, presentations of books, literary marathons.
2. Territory of Art in «Passage»
Exhibition of book illustration and graphics. Master-classes of artists and calligraphers. Workshops. Lectures. Creative meetings with artists, illustrators.
3. Summer theater of the City Garden
Disputes. Discussions. Literary marathons. Creative evenings. Literature and music programs. Screening of movies.
4. Rotundas of the City Garden Children's readings.
Game programs. Literary quests. Quizzes. Workshops for children.
5. Cafe «Franzol»
Presentations of books. Meetings with authors.
6. Cafe «Lvov Chocolate Workshop»
Poetic evenings. Presentations of books. Meetings with authors.
7. Bookstore «BUK Literary game programs for children».
Presentation of children's books. Meetings with children's writers and illustrators of children's books.
8. Bookstore «HyppoKampus»
Presentations of books. Meetings with authors. Music and poetry programs.
9. Odessa Literature Museum Authors’ evenings.
Literature programs. Presentations of books. Performances. Awarding ceremony of contests of Korneychukovskyi Festival.
10. Odessa National Scientific Library Round table
11. Green Theatre
Musical final event of the «Green Wave»: jazz concert of JULINOZA group, in partnership with Odessa Jazz Fest
In the frames of the «Green Wave» following events took place:
• XIII book contest «Odessa on book pages»
• XII contest «The Art of Book»
• Charity Event «Book as a gift»
Night of book of the «Green Wave» took place the 2nd time. For the one night the main street of the city turned into a romantic night-book market, performances, literary marathons, live music took place on the stage, literary readings and authors’ evening were held at surrounding sites.
Since 2012, in the frames of the «Green Wave», final and the most vivid stage of Odessa Korneychukovskyi International Festival of Children's Literature has taken place. This unique Ukrainian festival, which is devoted entirely to children's literature and creativity, is occurring in Odessa during the year, and it joins to «Green wave» program in August.
Festival has 2 main tasks:
- promotion of children's literary and artistic creativity;
- promotion of children's literature created by adults.
Main goals – popularization of literature and children's reading, art education and aesthetic taste, talent identification and support in their promotion.
During the year, organizing committee of Korneychukovskyi festival organizes variety of children's activities and programs, which popularize books and reading (such as Korneychukovskyi meetings, children's events such as "Miracle Tree" and others.).
The main content of the festival is conduction of literature and art contests:
- International Contest on the best work for children «Korneychukovskyi Award» among writers who create their works in Ukrainian and Russian (over 18);
- Contest of children’s literary art «Sea of Talents» (age 6-18);
- Competition on children’s digital picture «iParus» (age 6-8).
Members of committee that award prices are well-known and respected literators, literary critics, editors, bibliographers, painters and cultural figures.
During its existence Korneychukovskyi Festival has united more than 4000 children’s authors and poets from Ukraine, Russia, Byelorussia, Latvia, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and USA; more than 2000 literary talented children and teenagers from different Ukrainian regions; more than 400 young painters from different cities of Ukraine, who creates digital book illustrations.
Literature contests of Korneychukovskyi festival are an opportunity for adults and children to express themselves as writers; works of contest winners are published in «Korneychukovskyi Award» miscellanea and «Sea of talents» almanac, and attract attention of publishers, that provides new opportunities for authors. Winners of «Korneychukovskyi Award» contest receive cash prizes. Winners of the contests of children’s literature works, and children’s digital picture «iParus» – get prizes and presents.
On results of every contest «Korneychukovskyi Award» miscellanea and «Sea of talents» almanac are published – coffee-table books, which are distributed absolutely free among schools and libraries of the city and region.
In 2016, around 2 400 authors of the age 6-60 years participated in IV Odessa International Korneychukovskyi festival of children’s literature. - IV Contest on the best work for children «Korneychukovskyi Award» among Ukrainian and foreign writers (over 18).
Totally 982 works were submitted to the contest by authors from Kyiv, Kyiv region, Dnepr, Lvov, Kharkov, Kharkov region, Chernigov, Odessa, Zhitomir region, Cherkassy region, Kropivnitskyi region, Kherson, Kamenskyi, Ivano-Frankovsk, Nikolayev. Foreign participants were from Israel, Latvia, USA, Byelorussian and Russia.
- V Contest of children’s literary art «Sea of Talents» (age 6-18).
Totally 415 works were submitted during the contest. Participants were children and young people at the age of 6-18 years as from Odessa and Odessa region (in main nominations), so and from Vinnitsa, Dnepr, Kyiv, Kropivnitskyi region, Lvov region, Nikolayev, Kherson, Cherkassy (nomination «Guest of the contest»).
- IV Competition on children’s digital picture «iParus».
Totally 900 works were submitted during the contest. Participants were children and young people at the age of 6-18 years as from Odessa and Odessa region, so and from Dnepr, Kyiv, Nikolayev, Kharkov, Kherson.
Also, in the frames of the book fair, Korneychukovskyi Festival presented diverse program of children's book festivals, performances, literary quests, children's literature readings, games, presentations of new children's books, periodicals – in total 72 events.
During the year, the program of Korneychukovskyi festival has involved all those who contribute to creation of children's books, and who is interested in its development: readers – children and adults, writers, publishers, painters, editors, librarians, teachers, critics and journalists, educational and cultural institutions. All these is guided by love to children, books, and own work; festival atmosphere is permeated with light and joy, thus during the «Green Wave» there is a great demand for children’s literature, and every year it engages more books that are presented at the fair – publishers and booksellers bring good books for children, specially to Korneychukovskyi Festival.
XX International Book Fair «Green Wave» took place with support of State committee of television and broadcasting of Ukraine, Ukrainian association of publishers and book distributors, Odessa city council, and Odessa Diplomatic Club.
Organizer of the Book Fair “Green Wave”: