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.
-Necessity is the mother of invention: coffee beetle car- This year's Cairo International Book Fair witnessed a high turnout of visitors and new forms of individual activities، in an attempt to support the book fair.
In this context، a group of young adults decided to participate in the book fair and offering beverages to the visitors was how they decided to contribute in the book fair.
Abdul Rahman Ahmed، a student at the Faculty of Commerce، and the founder of the "Coffee Beetle" car team said in press remarks that the project is made by five people، and took four months to design the car.
The project actually started two months ago by using a car they owned and changed its form to serve as a hot drinks cart، carting drinks such as coffee، Nescafe، and hot cocoa، he added.
He pointed out that they are participating in the book fair to spread their idea on a wider scale، stressing that the coming period will witness the widespread of the team in several areas in Cairo and the governorates.
- Al-Azhar Al-Sharif section’s "Al-Azhar harvest in 2017" book - 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's ground.
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.
The "Al-Azhar harvest in 2017" book was added to the list of publications presented at Al-Azhar section in the Cairo International Book Fair.
The book sid lights to the most prominent achievements and activities by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif various sectors in 2017، beginning with the tours and meetings of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb، whether it was out of Egypt or at Al-Azhar Senate in Cairo.
The book points that the year of 2017 reviewed the intensive activity of the Grand Imam، on a local، regional and global level، where the spread of world peace، combating extremism and promoting humanitarian issues were his eminence focus.
The world witnessed the importance of the Great Imam role and his influence in reducing extremism and contributing to the establishment of Islam، Which was reflected in being named the most influential Islamic personal figure in the world، for the second year in a row.
In the following chapters، the book deals with the activities of the Council of Senior Scholars، Islamic Research Complex، Presidency Of El Azhar Institutes Sector، Al Azhar University، Beit al-Zakat (House of Alms)، Egyptian Family House، Islamic Mission city، Al - Azhar Mosque، and Voice of Al -Azhar newspaper.
The book concludes with a series of photographs of Al-Azhar's achievements and activities in 2017، and examples of the most prominent published by the global media about Al-Azhar.
-‘Your are stronger than drugs’ campaign - The book fair witnessed the extensive presence of "You are stronger than drugs" campaign of Addiction Treatment and Abuse Fund of the Ministry of Social Solidarity، to raise awareness of the damage of addiction.
Ahmed Farrag، one of the campaign's volunteers، said that the campaign is held to introduce the dangers of addiction and raise the young adult’s awareness about the dangers of addiction and its health and social dangers.
He pointed out that the campaign is also aimed to raise the children’s awareness in an indirect way through drawing workshops organized in the book fair، to deliver the idea to the children in a simple way.
-Bestselling books- The head of the General Egyptian Book Organization، and the CIBF official organizer Dr. Haitham Al-Haj، announced that the books that topped the 6th-day sales and bestsellers were books on "religion combating terrorism، and extremism and how to raise the young adults and make them able to protect their homeland."
Haitham al-Hajj told the Middle East News Agency on Thursday that Taha Hussein's book " Al-Fitna Al-Kubra” is the bestseller among 10 books that review how religion combats terrorism.
The head of the Cairo International Book Fair revealed that the Organization sales exceeded the limit of 70 thousand copies، equivalent to half a million pounds.
He pointed to the keenness of senior intellectuals، ministers، ambassadors، Arabs، and foreigners to visit the book fair، indicates the prosperity of the cultural situation experienced by the Egyptian society، stressing that the book fair is a powerful addition to intellectuals and publishers، where it Sid lights to the most important work and present it to all segments of society.
He added that the book fair is the second largest book fair in the world after the Frankfurt book fair، where the number of visitors to the fair during the previous days exceeded 2 million visitors، pointing out that the target is to reach 5 million visitors.
Al Haj revealed that the Organization and the book fair’s management are working to create new tools for the book fair’s development، which will be announced at the end of the book fair.
He pointed out that the book fair will celebrate "Golden Jubilee" in the next year، where the organization has been preparing for it months ago so that the event can be appropriate to hold Egypt’s name and the book fair in particular.