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CIBF 2018: Summary of 49th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair 5th day

Thursday 01/February/2018 - 01:38 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

In a form of confirming the return of Egypt to the forefront of the cultural scene and amid a global media crowd، the 49th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF)، kicked off last Friday by the Minister of Culture، Dr. Inas Abdel Dayam، at the Cairo International Convention Centre، in Nasr City، where it witnessed a high turnout from Egyptians since then.

The Minister of Culture expressed her happiness for the huge participation of the various publishing houses، stressing that the intensive activities of Cairo International Book Fair produce a cultural movement that reflects positively on the society، aiming to achieve development at all levels، and promoting public thought to face attempts of destruction and sabotage.

The CIBF runs from January 26 to February 10، with the theme for the year is "Soft Power: How?”، and CIBF's Person of the Year is Abdel Rahman al-Sharkawi.

The late Egyptian writer Abdel Rahman al-Sharkawi was chosen as the character of this edition due to his long history of writing about Algeria. He is the scenarist of Djamila Bouhired، in addition to his hundred literary novels، as well as his journalistic long history.

The 49th edition will host a lot of new activities for the first time، such as establishing theaters، cinema halls and fine arts halls، in addition to increasing the number of books dedicated to children.

It compromises 1194 pavilions along 117 stands to sell the books.

In this edition، 27 nations will participate in the Book Fair، which includes 15 Arab، 10 foreign and 3 African countries، with Algeria as the guest of honor of this edition.

Algeria is officially participating in the  book fair's activities through a number of writers and writers and some 70 publishers، about 10% of Algerian publishers.

Meanwhile، the participating Arab countries include Morocco، Saudi Arabia، Bahrain، Jordan، Kuwait، Oman، Algeria، United Arab Emirates، Syria، Libya، Iraq، Lebanon، Yemen، Palestine، and Tunisia.

The participating African countries include Sudan، Somalia، and Ethiopia.

The participating foreign countries include America، Greece، Germany، France، Russia، Italy، China، Paraguay، and India.

In this edition، the number of publishers has reached 867 publishers، including 367 Arab publishers، 9 foreigners، and 3 Africans، 485 Egyptian publishers (7 press organizations and 34 government institutions)

The book fair also offers a cultural and artistic program divided into 16 official halls.

It is expected that the number of visitors to five million visitors this year، an increase of one million visitors from last year.


-General Egyptian Book Organization android application-

General Egyptian Book Organization announced the launch of a new mobile application to deliver the Cairo International Book Fair program via the Android operating system، which offers a comprehensive guide to the book fair.

The organization revealed in press remarks that the most important services needed by the fair visitors is a comprehensive map of the book fair، which includes the places of the publishing houses، venues، and halls of events، as well as the schedule of activities and cultural programs، which is arranged by date.

It also includes an updated index of the books published by the publishing houses.
- Children’s camp -
Nahdet Misr publishing house organized many activities for children at the book fair in the children's camp، which included storytelling sessions for the children، from stories the well-known children's program host، author Samah Abu Bakr، and from Disney stories، as well as collaborated with Safsafa Center to provide the children with storytelling and to perform children songs.

The publishing house also organized a big celebration for Harry Potter characters and trilogy fans، in conjunction with its global celebration.

The publishing house also organized a book signing event in the main showroom، for the most prominent children's authors and novelists، including Dr. Ahmed Khashaba، author Ahmed al Abbasi، and Mahmoud Al Ashri.

-Chinese section-
On the fifth day in a row، the Chinese section has received a large turnout from the book fair attendee، which salesman، Ahmed Khalid، said in press remarks that the majority was Chinese students studying at the faculty of Alsun، in addition to the families who wish to learn about different cultures، stressing that the decoration of the tent and its colors are the most attractive to visitors.

This is not the first time the Chinese section has participated in the book fair، where it began to participate in the book fair four years ago.

- Al-Azhar Al-Sharif section-

Al-Azhar Al-Sharif participates for the second year in the Cairo International Book Fair، but this year's participation was characterized by strong and effective attendance، which can be observed once entering the book fair grounds.

Al Azhar section this year has not neglected the attention of the shape and attention to the content، which can be easily noticed when you go there، starting with the choice of a distinct location and the ideal space and taking into consideration the presence of several entrances and exits that facilitate the flow of visitors، Which expresses the character of Al-Azhar and its unique spirit، in addition to the use of the latest technical means to provide a scientific content to the public، thus combining the heritage of history and heritage، and the modernity of means and methods.

Al-Azhar University offered the visitors an integrated research and knowledge service through Al-Azhar University Central Library، which is full of hundreds of Arabic and foreign publications.

A team of university library professionals guides the public to how to benefit from the scientific content available in the library.

The university has over 200 thousand diverse scientific works، between books and works in Arabic and foreign languages، letters، and studies in various scientific fields، the University.

The University also offers the public access to hundreds of thousands of books، periodicals، and scientific messages through the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Embassy of Knowledge Project، which provides the public with access to the contents from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and offers free training programs and workshops for students and researchers، which is specialized for faculty members in various Egyptian universities، and allows them to view a large number of e-books for researchers in various fields.


-Recreational and cultural work in an attempt to ease the tired crowd-

On the fifth day of the book fair، a group of young adults was noticed for performing recreational and cultural work such as writing the visitors names in Arabic calligraphy and in hieroglyphics for free، in an attempt to ease the tired crowd.

A student at the Faculty Of Art Education، Osama Hajjaj،
told “Sada el Balad” website that he visited in the book fair 10 years ago، but this his first to participate with drawing Arab calligraphy،

He participated to let people know more about the beauty and culture of Arabic calligraphy and decided to write the names of the visitors for free.

Osama started writing Arabic calligraphy about a year and a half ago after taking a Arabic calligraphy workshop، which he enjoying and decided to learn more about the art and beauty of calligraphy.

The Arabic calligraphy is taught in schools in around the governorates، but to learn it، it needs time due to the length of the study، and those who wish to learn head to workshops، Hajaj added.

Meanwhile، Dina Amr decided to write the name of the visitors in hieroglyphics، also for free، to draw joy on the face of visitors.

Dina explained that she had learned to write hieroglyphics in the Faculty of Archeology، in one term only.


- Saudi Arabia Kingdom section launches a website for the book fair participation-
Riyadh's ambassador to Egypt and permanent representative at the Arab League Ahmed Kattan، inaugurated the website of the Saudi Arabia Kingdom section participating in Cairo International Fair، with the participation of the Minister of State، Cabinet's Member and Acting Minister of Culture and Information، Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed، and the Egyptian Minister of Culture ،Dr. Inas Abdel Dayam.

The Minister inspected with the participation of the Ambassador of the Saudi section at the book fair.

Saudi Cultural Attaché، in Cairo، Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Nami gave a detailed explanation of the main features of the section، which includes various cultural، scientific and literary fields، that reflects the extent to what the Saudi cultural has achieved، with excellence in content، artistic printing، and attendance in all international cultural forums.

Kattan pointed to the importance of the role of international book fairs in expanding the reading، knowledge، and cultural horizons of the public at different levels، as well as strengthening the intellectual and cultural ties between different forms of Arab world ideas، in addition، to encourage the movement of publishing and direct communication between the parties of the book industry and publishers.

The Saudi Ambassador emphasized that the Kingdom's participation this year is distinguished and superintendent، whether through the qualitative or quantitative presence of the governmental and private institutions concerned with the book and publishing.

He stressed that such participation reflects the extent of progress and development witnessed by the cultural scene and the knowledge and scientific dimension in the Kingdom under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz، may God protect him.

Al-Naimi explained that the area of the Saudi pavilion is 3000 meters، with a distinctive Saudi Arabia design، and includes the participation of 42 government agencies and individuals، in addition to the cultural saloon which brings together Saudi intellectuals and intellectuals with their counterparts to discuss the cultural concerns and the issues of the Arab book.

This year's edition is characterized by a large number of categories and a variety of sections.

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