Last Saturday, the “heart of literacy” lay in Baden, next to Vienna. Dr. Paul Kainbacher launched the ILAB Pop Up Week in his antiquarian bookshop with a Bibliophile Evening dedicated to rare books on the history and exploration of Africa. The elegant rooms were crowded with books and visitors who enjoyed the lectures given by Walter Sauer and Martin Peter Pfitscher, both renowned authors and leading experts from the University of Vienna. Walter Sauer, Professor of Economic and Social History, compared Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” with the experiences of Austrian travelers to Central Africa, while Martin Peter Pfitscher, specialist in Ethnology, took the visitors on a photographic tour to Africa seen through the lense of author, adventurer and photographer Oscar Baumann.
Paul Kainbacher closed the Bibliophile Evening with a presentation of rare travel accounts and vintage photographs, and with a fundraising to support the excellent work of UNESCO's Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) in South Sudan.
It was an inspiring evening on the history of Africa to help built a better life for the African children in the future and a perfect start into the week leading up to the ILAB Pop Up Celebrations on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day – from Australia to Asia, South Africa, all over Europe and the United States, on Saturday, 23 April 2016.
Help fill the Empty Bookcases for the children in South Sudan! Each symbolic spine fixed at a symbolic Bookcase Poster at an ILAB Pop Up Event sends one book to a child in South Sudan. A donation of $ 15 purchases a set of 12 books for a classroom, $ 500 purchases 45 sets for a rural community!
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April 2016 – For immediate release. Pictures: ILAB, UNESCO, Dr. Paul Kainbacher