Cairo International Book Fair to open 27 January

Mohammed Saad , Thursday 14 Jan 2016

This year's Cairo International Book Fair will be held between 27 January and 10 February, and has named the late author and journalist Gamal El-Ghitani person of year

The official poster of the 47th Cairo International Book Fair by Ahmed El-Labbad

The General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO), the official organiser of Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF), announced that the fair's 47th edition will be held between 27 January 2016 and 10 February.

The fair's opening date was changed for the second year in a row to start after the anniversary of the 25 January revolution, to avoid any possible protests.

The organisation revealed that this year's guest of honour will be Bahrain, while the late journalist and author Gamal El-Ghitani, who passed away in October last year, will be the fair's person of the year.   

It was also announced that the official poster for the fair will be an elegant design by artist Ahmed El-Labbad.

As a continuation of the fair's tradition, the GEBO chose a slogan to represent the festival. This year it will be "The Culture on the Frontline."

The number of publishers participating in the fair from Egypt and abroad will be be announced in a press conference in the next few days, along with the cultural agenda of the fair.

Last year, twenty-six countries participated in the fair, including 19 Arab and seven non-Arab countries, with a total of 850 publishers. This included 550 from Egypt, 250 from the Arab world and 50 non-Arab publishers. This was in addition to the participation of the Azbakeya market for second-hand books.

Last year, the fair's slogan was 'Culture and Renovation'- a hint at the ongoing demands from the head of the political elite in Egypt, as well as many intellectuals, to innovate how the country approaches religious discourse.

In 2014, the fair was held under the theme 'Culture and Identity.'



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