Reading in shorts, organized 6 years ago, has become Partir en livre. An event organized each year in July in Tahiti to raise awareness, primarily among the youngest, about reading. It is supported by the Polynélivre association. This year, this association receives the support of the town hall of Papeete and its new Department of Education and Culture.
Organized by the National Book Center (CNL) at the instigation of the Ministry of Culture, Partir en livre is a major children’s book festival with the aim of enjoying online reading. It brings together all the initiatives in favor of books and reading for young people throughout France. In Polynesia, it is with this objective that the actors are mobilizing. Jean-Luc Bodinier, of the Tāparau association, recognizes that “it’s not always fun to make books available and invite readers to sit in a corner to find out“. Also, many activities will be offered.
Kamishibaï, animated readings, illustration workshop, puppet show with the Monalune company. The latter having met with great success during the previous edition in the Commerce district. There will also be a Slam workshop with Paul Wamo. “The slam is still little known in Polynesia, the idea is to discover this practice“, describes the artist. “It’s oral poetry, and so we’ll start with a bit of writing before moving on to voice acting to reconcile the subscribers with writing, written expression.“Reading remains indeed inseparable from writing. More than a celebration of the book, it is therefore a celebration of words which is announced and which has its place within the digital and digital generation, preferentially turned to screens.
The friendship selected for this 8th edition
This year, Partir en livre is placed under the sign of friendship. It will be aimed particularly at children and adolescents between 6/7 and 14/15 years old. Emphasis will also be placed on the offer for people with disabilities. The entire site is accessible to people with reduced mobility and reading activities in Braille or sign language will be offered.
Open to all, the event is completely free and will take place on July 7 and 8 in the gardens of the town hall of Papeete, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will also be frequented by leisure centers. More than 400 children are expected.