Children's Book Fairs survive during pandemic
December, 14 2020
14:00 - 15:00
2020 is coming to an end and we decided to talk with the leaders of international children's book projects about how each of them coped with challenges and force majeure, what new decisions were made, how they influenced the life of fairs and festivals, and also what all this is important to preserve for 2021.

Professionals from the book industry, experience this time differently and come out with dissimilar results for any previous year. We may disagree on which epithets or concepts most accurately convey the experience of 2020, but almost everyone agrees that this year is special in the life of the book industry.

Cancellation and postponement of book fairs, mastering the digital format, revising the dates and methods of book events, new approaches to working with the audience, new way of networking - all this is part of the current agenda in the professional world of book publishing and bookselling.
Irina Rocheva
Director of the LiteraTula children's book festival. Irina Rocheva, the organizer of the festival and the creator of the conceptual bookstore Korney Ivanovich, received one of the prestigious Russian awards in the field of literature - the Yasnaya Polyana Prize for her activities to promote children's reading and children's literature.
Elena Pazoli
Elena studied Classic Literature at the University of Bologna and in 1982 started her career as PR and press officer. She joined BolognaFiere in 1987, first as Special Events manager, then as project manager of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. She left the company in 2006 to join the University of Bologna Foundation where she directed the Communication Area. Back to BolognaFiere in 2011, in 2014 she was appointed exhibition manager of the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
Andrey Gelmiza
Director of the New Moscow International Children's Book Fair, the Moscow International Book Fair, the Red Square book festival.
Olga Chumicheva
Director of the New Moscow International Children's Book Fair and the Moscow International Book Fair.