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26.10.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Kuala Lumpur the 2020 World Book Capital received UNESCO’s trophy created by Hedva Ser

Mr Dato' Nor Hisham bin Ahmad Dahlan, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur

On 29 September 2020, Kuala Lumpur was named as the World Book Capital for the year 2020 because of the strong focus on the development of a knowledge-based society and accessible reading for all parts of the city’s population.


The trophy created in 2016 by the artist Hedva Ser, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Diplomacy, has been passed on from H.E. Khalid Ghanim Mohammad Al-Ghaith, representative of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) 2019 World Book Capital, to the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Mr Dato' Nor Hisham bin Ahmad Dahlan.

A symbol of the World Book Capital, this sculpture is transmitted every year from one city to another. It “represents the pages of a book caught by the wind in a fight for freedom”, according to the author.

Kuala Lumpur is the twentieth city to become World Book Capital since 2001. Other cities received the trophy created by Hedva Ser, such as Wroclaw (Poland) in 2016, Conakry (Guinea) in 2017, Athens (Greece) in 2018 and Sharjah (UEA) in 2019.




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