Minister of State Maria Böhmer issued the following statement today (20 October) prior to her trip to the Serbian capital to attend the opening of the International Belgrade Book Fair:
I am delighted that Germany, together with Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, will be presenting the full spectrum of German‑language literature under the heading Four Countries, one Language at the International Belgrade Book Fair.
This is an opportunity to pay homage to the tradition of swapping stories, above all here in Belgrade, the marketplace of stories and meeting point for storytellers. Belgrade has been a linguistically and culturally diverse city for centuries. Literature is the prism through which we are able to experience this diversity.
Minister of State Böhmer will be travelling to the Serbian capital from 22 to 24 October 2017 to attend the opening of the International Belgrade Book Fair and for political talks. The focus of her visit to Serbia is the International Belgrade Book Fair, which will also be attended by Nobel Literature Laureate Herta Müller. Furthermore, she will meet Serbian authors, artists and culture professionals, as well as representatives from civil society.
In Belgrade, Minister of State Böhmer will also meet Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljević for talks on bilateral relations and cultural cooperation between Germany and Serbia.