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47th session of Cairo International Book Fair

Thursday، 19 May 2016 - 12:00 AM

Theme: Culture in confrontation
January 27 to February 10, 2016

The 47th session of Cairo International Book Fair is set to open on January 27 to February 10, under the theme of "Culture in confrontation" with the participation of 34 countries, including several Arab and African countries. The participants include Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Oman, Palestine, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar and Eritrea. Also foreign countries are taking part including Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan, India, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Greece, China, Kazakhstan and Paraguay.
Up to 850 publishers will participate, including 50 foreigners, 250 Arab and 550 Egyptian publishers.
Bahrain will be the guest of honor this year. It will present a variety of its cultural and artistic activities along with with movies and documentaries about its history.
Figure of the Year in this session is the Egyptian writer Gamal al-Ghitani, who passed away in October 2015.
There will be about 50 books in all arts creativity of short stories, novels, travel narratives, war narratives and archaeological record of the history of places, in addition to the life of the major figures in literature and press, including Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfiq al-Hakim.
There will be a cultural and artistic activity this year. The main focus of the exhibition is the "culture in confrontation". Also a number of seminars will be held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Naguib Mahfouz,
For the first time this year, poetry of Nizar Qabbani, Mahmoud Darwish, Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi and other senior poets as well as the most prominent debates such as Farag Foda's debate will be presented at the fair.
This year, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts Sector will also participate in the event. The Fine Arts Sector will participate in four exhibitions and workshops on drawing on the asphalt.


Activity of guest of honor: the State of Bahrain

The Bahraini pavilion holds cultural and artistic activities and performances and broadcast documentaries.

Figure of the year: Late 70-year-old Egyptian writer Gamal al Gheetani.

The fair houses about 50 books of various creative arts including short stories, novels and travel and history narratives along with books about major men of letters such as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfeeq el Hakeem.

Writer and book

The 47th Cairo International Fair includes the program of “Writer and Book” which is based on three main axes the first of which discusses books issued from the family library, including "private diaries of Gamal Abdel Nasser" by Hoda Abdel Nasser, "scientific thinking and knowledge " by Ali Hubaysh and Hafez Shamsuddin, "Criticism of Arab discourse" by Samir Amin, "Egyptian citizenship" by William Solomon, "Islam and Fine Arts" by Mohamed Abdelaziz.

The second axis discusses the newly issued books like, "Memoirs of Makram Ebeid" by Mona Makram Ebeid, "Controversy of Civilizations, by Sayyed Yassin and "the Process of Dissolving the World" by Sayyed  Al Wakeel.

The third axis discusses books that had an impact on the world way of thinking such as the "Scientific Outlook" by Bertrand Russell, "the Muslim Community and the West" by Hamilton Geep, "Art and Society" by Arnold Hauser and "Thus Spoke Ibn Arabi" by Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid.

History & background

The Cairo International Book Fair is one of the biggest book fairs in the world, drawing hundreds of book sellers from around the world and about 3 million visitors each year. It is the largest book fair in the Arab world, as well as the oldest. In 2006, it was the second largest book fair in the world after the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The fair is also notable as Cairo-based publishers produce an estimated three of five Arabic language books printed in the world, and the General Egyptian Book Organization — who coordinates the fair — is the largest book publishing house in the Arab world. The fair features booths and speakers from private publishers and government agencies from around the world, as well as retailers of books, video, and other media. Lectures, readings, and other public events take place during the period of which the book fair runs, and material is presented in Arabic, English, and other languages. The fair purposely appeals to ordinary Egyptians, with media on mainstream topics and outdoor events.

The CIBF was founded by the General Egyptian Book Organization, a government publishers and retailers group, in 1969 to coincide with celebrations of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Cairo.

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