Zaporizhzhia Book Toloka summarized the 2nd Festival and arranged yet another inspiring meeting for the city residents. The final press conference of the Festival team was held with the participation of Oksana Zabuzhko, who is one of the most famous authors in the modern Ukrainian literature. After this, the writer met with her readers in a crowded hall of Zaporizhzhia National University.
Olena Zastavna, the program director of Zaporizhzhia Book Toloka: Last year Toloka received tremendous support from visitors and participants. So, we have done our best to strengthen and develop these achievements with the new Festival. And now we can say that we have succeeded. More than 60 publishers from across the country presented their books in Zaporizhzhia. The Festival events took place not only on the base of Kozak Palace but at six more locations including Zaporizhzhia City Council, Zaporizhzhia National University, the Regional Library and the Regional Art Museum. Two special creative spaces were arranged within the Festival – Knyholissia, and Visions of the Book. In general, there were held about 270 events for three days. Nearly 250 volunteers got involved in organizing Toloka. Over 9700 local residents and visitors of the city participated in the Festival activities. And one more important figure: Toloka was lasting continuously for three days and two nights – it started in the morning, on October 21, and continued until the evening of October 23. This is nearly 60 hours of non-stop of the Festival!
Oksana Zabuzhko, the writer, special guest of the press conference: I ask you to consider my visit and presentation of my book as a part of Zaporizhzhia Book Toloka. Last year Toloka was like an explosion, like a flash of a new star on the map of cultural events in Ukraine. And directly with its debut Toloka became one of the three top literary events of the country for its value and scale. That is the real decentralization of cultural life. …Keep your Toloka because it is a very important thing. Important with its impulse, messages, inspiration. Where people read, there is a conscious human resource. There is an audience that resists the manipulations.
Fatima Tysiachnyk, the head of the marketing department, JSCB Industrialbank: Thanks to Toloka, our city becomes an intellectual capital of Ukraine for the second year. Through art and culture, we are looking for ways of understanding and harmonizing our society. For the Industrialbank it is a marker of the positive social changes. We are always ready to support such projects and hope that this will become a tradition.
Oleksandr Lazutin, the director of Dyke Pole Publishing: This year we launched The Best Book of Zaporizhzhia Book Toloka Award. The book Franko from A to Z originated by Bohdan and Natalia Tykholoz and published by The Old Lion Publishing won the Grand Prix. Toloka is growing in its scale. Toloka is charging with the creative energy. The representatives of the mentioned Old Lion Publishing noted that this time their sales in Zaporizhzhia were twice as much as the last year. And, moreover, Toloka is one of the most powerful tools of promoting Ukrainian language and Ukrainian culture in our city.
After the press conference, Oksana Zabuzhko met with Zaporizhzhia readers, presented her new book So, I Get Into the Tank…, and answered the questions of city residents. The university hall was filled with several hundred admirers of the celebrity, and this proved once again that Zaporizhzhia is interested in the modern Ukrainian literature. Surely, Toloka has all the reasons for the development and new festivals!