(L-r) Russian ambassador Georgiy Borisenko tastes the Russian bread at the opening of the book fair
The fourth edition of the Egypt-Russia book fair was held from 29 March to 11 April under the theme "Egypt, Russia... Culture and More."
The fair, held under the patronage of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, and Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem is part of the celebrations of the Egypt-Russia Cultural Year 2021.
The event was organised by the Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) University in 6 October city in cooperation with the Russian Cultural Centre in Cairo and Akhbar Al-Youm Organisation.
The 360 digital interaction technology was used in the fair for the first time ever.
artistic show by Russian children and the troupe of the Ministry of Youth and Sports
The opening of the fair was attended by President of the MSA University Khairy Abdel-Hamid, Dean of the Faculty of Information Amany Fahmy, Russian Ambassador to Egypt Georgiy Borisenko, Alexey Tevanyan, the general director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt, and Chairman of the Book Authority Haitham El-Hag. Also in attendance were Hisham Azmi, secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Culture, Youssef El-Wardani, deputy minister of youth and sports, President of the Egyptian Association of Graduates from Russian and Soviet Universities Sherif Gad, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Akhbar Al-Youm Foundation Ahmed Galal, along with a number of public figures.
The celebration began with a video-conference message from Nawal El-Degwi, chairman of the MSA University’s Board of Trustees, in which she thanked the attendees and emphasised the importance of the role culture plays among different peoples, saying that the exhibition was held to spread knowledge and culture.
Ambassador Borisenko expressed his admiration of the exhibition, which included the latest international books, publications and a number of books translated from the Russian language.
He also thanked the university administration, the organising committee, and Sherine El-Adawy, coordinator of the ceremony, for her effort in celebrating the Egypt-Russia Cultural Year, stressing that “The Egyptian-Russian relations receive support from the two leaderships and are witnessing remarkable development.”
Tevanyan said that the celebration comes within the framework of the activities of the Russian Cultural Centre, in cooperation with Egyptian institutions, to support cultural relations between the two countries.
A number of figures were honoured during the opening ceremony of the fair, including Sergei Kirpichenko, who died at 68 while serving as the Russian ambassador to Egypt. Professor of Russian literature Makarem Al-Ghamry was also honoured for her contributions in supporting Egyptian-Russian relations.
The grand finale was an impressive artistic show performed by children of the Russian community in Egypt, together with the troupe of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.