Books as Freedom


The tenth edition of Italy’s annual Book and Reading Festival, dedicated this year to the theme of freedom, was held in the Parco della Musica Auditorium, Rome, from 14-17 March 2019.

Over the past ten years, the Festival has attracted over 325,000 people, going beyond national boundaries to involve authors, publishers, readers, actors, politicians and journalists from different parts of Europe in the celebration of this initiative, which focuses attention on the world of books and their presentation of specific themes. This year, protagonists of the cultural and artistic scenes met with the reading public to examine and discuss how books present freedom and what that concept means today.

The Festival closed with a stage performance entitled Seeking Freedom, featuring projections, reflections and live music.