The wait is over, the festival of letters is back. The pandemic prevented it from taking place in 2020, and although we had a simpler virtual version, without the experience of going to the University Cultural Center (CCU) of the UAdeC in Arteaga, hanging around the stands of publishers and witnessing a number of presentations of book, talks and other activities, it was not the same.
Now, the 2021 Coahuila International Book Fair (FILC) comes back to its usual home, with Italy, Oaxaca and the Mexican Academy of Language as guests of honor, as in its failed 2020 edition, although not everything is equal to as it was before COVID-19. The sanitary measures still in force, in the midst of this new normal, will change a little the dynamics and the way in which we can enjoy this event, but so that you do not get lost and can get the most out of it, here we will tell you in detail how the logistics will be. in this literary festival from September 16 to 26.
Less people, more ventilation
The Ministry of Culture of Coahuila, the institution in charge of organizing FILC, assured the media that on this occasion they expect to receive about 50 thousand people, almost a quarter of the maximum that they have registered in previous years, all this as part of your strategy to ensure visitor safety.
The bulk of this change is in the number of school tours they will take, which has dropped considerably. Likewise, children’s activities were also reduced, to avoid exposing the little ones.
Events such as book presentations, talks, dialogue tables and conferences that are held in closed spaces will have a maximum capacity of 30%, while access to the editorial areas inside will also be limited, so if In this case, it will be necessary to wait in the places designated for it – about which we will speak later – before being able to access these sites.
The FILC will also have air quality meters, access without masks will not be allowed and there will be meters at the access points to the interior spaces to control the number of attendees at these sites.
No food but discounts
Also due to sanitary measures on this occasion there will not be a food area, although they did confirm that there will be outlets for light meals or snacks to take away, to avoid conglomerations of people consuming food and beverages without face masks in one place. Fortunately, the artisanal walk will continue where it has always been, but following the same recommendations.
Another measure, derived from the capacity limit in closed spaces, is the opening of an area of editorial sales to the outside, where in addition to being able to wait for the flow inside, visitors will be able to find discounts and auctions in books of different publishing houses.
Similarly, there were changes in the location of the spaces where literary activities are carried out. Inside the CCUse you will find, on the first floor of Area A, the Enriqueta Ochoa Room, the Manuel Acuña Room and the Armando Sánchez Quintanilla Training Room, while Area B, in the auditorium, will house the Coahuilenses Writers Forum.
The Julio Torri Room will now be located in the UAdeC Infoteca, a few steps from the CCU, which is now called Julio Torri Virtual Room and whose activities will be transmitted online through the SC’s distribution channels.
Something that did not change is the free transportation for those who do not have their own car and wish to go to the FILC in Arteaga. For this purpose, the SC allocated three different routes, which will depart from the Central de Autobuses Parking, the corner of Emilio Carranza Boulevard with Ramos Arizpe and the Old Central Library in front of Soriana Coss.
In the first case, it will cross Hidalgo Street to the north, take Presidente Cárdenas Boulevard and from there towards the fair, while the second will take Aldama, then Xicoténcatl and finally Coss. Both will depart at 8:30 am and 3:00 pm and will depart from Arteaga to their departure points at 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm.
The third route is that of the Lobus of the UAdeC, whose route and schedules can be consulted on the official page on Facebook.
The billboard for you to know in detail the activities of the FILC can be found on social networks in PDF, but here at VMÁS we will be providing you with the previews of what you can enjoy each of these holidays.