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The Warsaw International Book Fair will be held this year from May 25th to 28th at the Palace of Culture and Science and at Plac Defilad with Ukraine being the Guest of Honour. The speech will be prepared by the Ukrainian Book Institute on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in Warsaw in close cooperation with the organizer of the Fair – the History and Culture Foundation.

At the beginning of the year, in response to the invitation of the History and Culture Foundation, official letters to the organizer of the Fair confirming cooperation in the organization of Ukraine’s appearance as the Guest of Honour of the upcoming Warsaw International Book Fair were sent by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Poland, His Excellency Mr. Wasyl Zwarycz and the director of the Ukrainian Book Institute, Ms. Oleksandra Koval. Thanks to the involvement of the Embassy and the Ukrainian Book Institute, an over 200-meter national stand of Ukraine will be built at the Fair and a program of events with the participation of Ukrainian authors and publishers will be organized.

We are honoured to welcome partners from Ukraine in the role of the Guest of Honour. Giving voice to Ukraine today – certainly more than ever – we can see the role that literature plays in shaping timeless values such as freedom, dignity, honour, courage or a sense of community and solidarity. We are sure that the Warsaw International Book Fair will become a place to promote Ukrainian literature and culture among Polish and international audiences, as well as satisfy the need for contact with native literature among the Ukrainian community in Poland. We hope that the project “Ukraine – Guest of Honour of WIBF 2023”, which is a key element of the program of this year’s Fair, will significantly expand the group of lovers of Ukrainian literature, and Polish and Ukrainian publishers and authors will establish many interesting contacts for future cooperation – says Jacek Oryl, Director of the Warsaw International Book Fair.

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