Narativ, a reading festival for children will run from September 21 to 27 at Carturesti Verona bookstore in Bucharest and will include a series of free activities supported by non-formal teachers, artists, professionals in education and child psychology, according to a press release by the organizer, Curtea Veche Association.
Aimed primarily at children aged 8 to 14 years, the festival program proposes both interactive workshops including readers’ theatre, graphic novels, storytelling, rhymes and riddles for developing early fluency and reading shows, conferences dedicated to parents and teachers which present techniques to encourage reading among children.
Registries can be made on narativ.ro, which contains the calendar of activities.
“The low number of readers, the rate of failure in the state examinations and lack of understanding of the texts tells us we must show students in Bucharest that reading is fun. I think the responsibility to bring reading closer to children’s souls is with us, the adults, so we have prepared a feast for present and future readers,” said Iren Arsene, president of the Curtea Veche Association.
The event also has a charity component, by fundraising online and placing boxes of donations in Carturesti bookstores. Donations will go to support the association’s program “Childhood books”, through which it donates books and makes reading clubs in disadvantaged rural communities.
The Narrative children’s reading festival is organized by Curtea Veche Association and is a cultural project funded by ArCuB.