UNESCO to hold Second World Forum on Cultural Industries in June

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UNESCO is to hold the Second World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries (FOCUS 2011) on June 6-8 in Italian city of Monza in the collaboration of Italian government, the Paris-based UN cultural organization announced Monday.

FOCUS 2011, under the theme of The Book Tomorrow: The Future of the Written Word, was expected to bring together 200-250 experts, publishers and other stakeholders to the forum, during which discussion will focus on e-book economy, the copyright in the digital era, new media and the digital library, according to UNESCO.

"The objective of the meeting is to provide a highly visible, authoritative and global platform for discussing and exploring solutions to the principle challenges facing the diverse realms of publishing (traditional and electronic), and reading today," the organizer said in a statement.

Cultural industry needs a new developing mode in the context that traditional books and e-books co-exist in the same world, said Milagros del Corral, president of the FOCUS 2011 organizing committee.

Aiming to illustrate the potential of the creativity, innovation and excellence that nourish the cultural industries, UNESCO launched the First FOCUS at the Villa Reale in Monza, Italy from September 24-26, 2009.

Source: Xinhua
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