The Most Beautiful Books from Romania is an annual cultural project dedicated to book design, to the artistic dimension of the book as an object. The project restores book design as a reference to the reader’s relationship to books. The project was initiated by the Association for Performance and Culture as a platform for debate on book design, both for the professionals in the publishing world and the designers, the illustrators and the public, providing a framework for appreciation and an international perspective.
The central activity is the national book design contest, which ends with a travelling exhibition of the most beautiful books in Romania. The judging process has a significant professional component that consists in debate among the jurors, while interacting with a foreign specialist in book design.
The project has extended its activities through conferences, workshops, activities meant to stimulate reading, professional meetings, with the books created by Romanian illustrators / designers attending exhibitions and book fairs in Bucharest, Cluj, Iași, Timișoara and Târgu-Mureș, but also Frankfurt, Leipzig, London, Paris, Stockholm.