Sunday, April 17, 2011

Celebrate World Book and Copywrite Day at Parco Ciani in Lugano

World Book and Copywrite Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. This became a part of the celebrations of the Saint George's Day (also 23 April) in Catalonia, where it has been traditional since the medieval era for men to give roses to their lovers and since 1925 for the woman to give a book in exchange. Half the yearly sales of books in Catalonia are at this time with over 400,000 sold and exchanged for over 4 million roses.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeareas well as the death of Miguel de Cervantes.

On the occasion of World Book and Copyright, the Lugano's Department of Youth will inaugurate an event named "park&read" on Sunday, April 17, at the Parco Ciani. Everyone is invited for an aperitivo at 11:00 near Darsena.

The idea behind this event is to indulge in culture surrounded by nature, to seize the opportunity throughout Summer to relax on lounge chairs while reading a book, magazine or newspaper in the beautiful Parco Ciani.

"park&read" will be open every weekend from Sunday, April 17th to May 29th, 2011 from 11:00 to 18:00, and thereafter daily from June until late summer.

The consultation of magazines, newspapers and books is free, while the use of the deckchairs is CHF 1.- for 1/2 hour, 1hour = CHF 2 + CHF 1.- per add. hour. Maybe next year they will add a sandy beach to the offer. ;)

What: "park&read" surrounded by nature
Where: Parco Ciani, 6900 Lugano
When: every weekend from Sunday, April 17th to May 29th, 2011 from 11:00 to 18:00, daily from June until late summer
Time: 11:00 to 18:00

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