Belgrade Book Fair opens as Iran participating2018-10-23 11:17
With the slogan “The Joy of Reading”, the 63rd International Belgrade Book Fair opened Sunday night as Iranian representatives are participating in the event.
According to the public relations office of Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI), the 63rd International Belgrade Book Fair which is slated for October 21 to 28 is held in 5 halls in an area of in an area of 30,000 square meters. Almost 1000 local and foreign publishers have taken part and over 1200 Serbian correspondence as well as 70 foreign correspondencts from 14 countries are covering the event.
The kingdom of Morocco is the guest of honor in this edition of Belgrade Book Fair. As the first Arabian country in this position, Morocco is displaying over 1000 titles of books in an area of 100 square meters.
Celebrated Serbian writer and Academician Professor Matija Bećković as well as Moroccan historian, poet and writer delivered speeches at the opening ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by Vladan Vukosavljević, Ministar of Culture and Information of Serbia, Mohamed El Aaraj, Moroccan Minister of Culture and Communication, Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Ivan Karl, Secretary of Culture in the City of Belgrade, Danka Selić, General Director of Belgrade Fair.
Russia, Angola, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UK, Italy, Greece, Croatia, India, Iran, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Canada, China, Brazil, Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia, the Czech Republic, UAE, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Montenegro and Poland have also attended the major book fair of Balkan.
Representing our country, Iran’s Cultural First Institute in cooperation with Iran’s Cultural Attaché in Serbia is presenting over 300 book titles on a variety of subjects such as religion, literature, the Sacred Defense (the eight-year war Iraq imposed on Iran), children and young adults, art and Iranology.
Offering brochures on Iranian publishing industry in English and Serbian, introducing Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) and the Grant Plan which is aimed to encourage the translation of Persian books into other languages, holding Iran’s Day in Belgrade Fair, book unveiling ceremonies, inviting foreign publishers for participation at TIBF are among the other programs followed by the Iranian stand.
Nahj al-Balagha, Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya, Masnavi Ma’navi by Rumi, Bustan of Sa’adi, The Conference of the Birds by Attar, Parvin E'tesami's Collected Poems, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám as well as several other masterpieces of Iranian literature have been showcased in Belgrade Book Fair.
Serbia was the guest of honor at the 31st Tehran international book fair held in May 2018.