Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Book Fair of 2014

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

It>s def­i­nitely that time of year again! No, no, the re­porter is not re­fer­ring to the Newroz hol­i­day. I>m talk­ing about the Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Book Fair, which will take place this Septem­ber. Kur­dis­tan>s tenth In­ter­na­tional Multi Sec­tor Trade Fair has man­aged to at­tract over 550 book­sellers from over 21 coun­tries ea­ger to pro­mote the sale of their nu­mer­ous and col­or­ful prod­ucts. The fair is ex­pected to at­tract more than 30,000 people.

The Al-Mada pub­lish­ing house, the or­ga­nizer of the event, states that: «The Fair aims to re­in­state the value of cul­ture as an in­cen­tive for rais­ing aware­ness and de­vel­op­ment; to em­pha­size the im­por­tance and func­tion of books; to make the Book Fair into an event through which cul­tural au­thor­i­ties re-em­pha­size their role; to have an im­pact through pub­li­ca­tions or ac­tiv­i­ties that fa­cil­i­tate the dis­sem­i­na­tion of books so they are avail­able for as many people as pos­si­ble; to en­cour­age pub­lish­ers and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions to ex­pand their pub­lish­ing and trans­la­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and keep pace with the progress on­go­ing world­wide. This could be done by in­volv­ing in­tel­lec­tu­als and writ­ers, and set­ting up am­bi­tious pro­grams that cover ev­ery dy­namic and pro­gres­sive sphere». Of course, these are only a few of the many goals of the Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Book Fair.

Fakhri Ka­reem, Chair- man of Al-Mada, says: «In its new form, the Er­bil Book Fair is an at­tempt to in­tro­duce a new and con­tem­po­rary ap­proach to books which will prove that cul­ture is the root of all progress and ev­ery re­nais­sance. The Er­bil Book Fair ap­pre­ci­ates the re­sponse of par­tic­i­pants and will work hard to give their con­tri­bu­tion a sig­nif­i­cance that goes be­yond the sim­ple trad­ing of their prod­ucts. It will do ev­ery­thing to fa­cil­i­tate the ac­qui­si­tion of books by read­ers, re­search cen­ters, schol­ars, uni­ver­si­ties and cul­tural houses. This Fair will be unique in the sense that the vis­i­tors can en­joy other cul­tural, artis­tic and sci­en­tific ac­tiv­i­ties be­side the ex­hib­ited books «.

Hope­fully, the Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Book Fair will rein­tro­duce the price­less knowl­edge of books and be an ex­cit­ing and mem­o­rable event for all.

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