National Reading Day 2013
Jubilee and record again: 80,000 readers at 10th National Reading Day
More than 80,000 people celebrated the jubilee of the 10th National Reading Day and shared their pleasure in reading (and reading to others) on 15 November 2013 - setting an impressive public example in favour of reading. The number of participants increased considerably again – the previous record in 2012 had been 40,000 readers.
The largest reading festival in Germany - initiated by weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, the Stiftung Lesen and the Deutsche Bahn - now reaches people around Germany and beyond (as far away as in Mexico City, Chiang Mai and Addis Ababa). Reading sessions were held in kindergartens, schools, homes for senior citizens and multigenerational houses, libraries and other cultural institutions, as well as at unusual locations such as on top of the Zugspitze, in shopping malls, trains, museums and even in a dark room where a blind sportswoman read to her audience.
Many celebrities and politicians also set examples in strengthening reading culture, including:
> The Prime Ministers of Saarland, Hessen and Lower Saxony: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Volker Bouffier and Stephan Weil
> Author Kirsten Boie
> Singer “Bosse”
> Performer Ralf Bauer
> TV presenters Anne Will, Peter Kloeppel and Markus Lanz
DIE ZEIT, Stiftung Lesen and Deutsche Bahn are already preparing for the 11th National Reading Day which takes place on November 21st. this year.
This project is run by Stiftung Lesen (Germany)