The UNESCO has named Georgian capital Tbilisi the World Book Capital 2021. The news has been published at the UNESCO official website.
Tbilisi City Hall and Union of Tbilisi Multifunctional Libraries applied for the World Book Capital Status in May, 2019.
As the UNESCO reports, the year of celebrations will start on 23 April 2021, on the World Book and Copyright Day.
Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year, the UNESCO official website reads.
Being the twenty-first city to bear the title since 2001, Tbilisi follows Kuala Lumpur (2020) and Sharjah (2019).
Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam(2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017) and Athens (2018).