BCBF 2024, President Mattarella opens the 61st edition

Live from the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italian President Sergio Mattarella opened the 61st edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, organised by BolognaFiere. Greeted with a performance of the Italian national anthem by a group of youngsters and welcomed by Elena Pasoli, Exhibition Manager of BCBF, President Mattarella highlighted the value of the publishing world and, addressing children and young people directly, of how a book can be a “precious companion on the long journey of life.”