17 Apr 2023
World Book and Copyright Day 2023
World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every year on April 23rd. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organises events throughout the day to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.
This year’s theme is Indigenous Languages! Last year saw the start of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-23) and it’s one of the UN’s priorities to uphold and promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Learn more at UNESCO’s webpage.
We are celebrating this day to raise awareness of Indigenous culture and languages, as well as to promote the diversity of publications on Indigenous peoples’ and to raise awareness of copyright, for both creators and users.
The event was originally invented by Vicente Clavel Andres, director of Cervantes publishing house, to honour Miguel de Cervantes and initially took place during Cervantes's birthday, on the 7th October. The first celebration of World Book Day was on 7th October 1926.
However, the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII changed the date in 1930 to the 23rd of April, which is the date of Cervantes’s death. Coincidentally, 23rd of April is also the day Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. For this reason, UNESCO decided to choose this date in 1995 to celebrate its own World Book and Copyright Day.
Watch this short video on World Book and Copyright Day.
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There are 81 results for the keyword “indigenous” on our Research Repository, check it out here.
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