The Greek capital has today started its one-year period as the World Book Capital, according to the Kathimerini. During its 12-month term, it will host more than 250 book-related events across the city.
The World Book Capital title is awarded to a different city each year as part of UNESCO’s ongoing bid to pay tribute to two giants of world literature, including the likes of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes among many others.
Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis inaugurated the event in a ceremony at the Acropolis Museum, which was also attended by Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Cultural events also took place in the evening on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, a pedestrianised street near the city centre, and the Herod Atticus Theatre.