Only vaccinated visitors can visit the 53rd International Cairo Book Fair (CIBF), which will be held for two weeks from Jan. 27 to Feb.7, according to Haitham El-Hajj Aly, head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO).
During a press conference that took place in Manara Center in New Cairo district, to inform media of final arrangements for the event, the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem said: “Under the patronage of Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah Elsisi, the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) has collaborated with the National Bank in the launching of the 53rd edition in 2022.”
She also announced that this year’s fair will celebrate the talent and the legacy of legendary Egypt’s novelists, such as renowned novelist Yahia Haqqi, who was one of the pioneers of the twentieth-century literary movement in Egypt, and the remarkable late author Abdel Twab Youssif, who was translator and publisher of publications issued by the school and the university.
“Haqi has been chosen as the main character of the 53rd edition, while the remarkable author Youssif, will be the main figure of Children’s Book Fair,” Abdel Dayem revealed.
The aim of the annual event is to offer the youth and children an opportunity to acquainted with reading, according to Egypt’s Ministry of culture representatives.
Abdel Dayem and the fair organizers also hoped that this year a record-breaking number of visitors would participate in the event.
It’s expected that CIBF will be visited by many book lovers, students from all groups and ages, professionals from all walks of life, academicians, writers, publishers, and other members of the public, the head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) told Sada Elbald English (see).
In the same context, El-Hajj Aly indicated that only those possessing vaccination certificates and wearing masks will be allowed to enter the venue.
“Book lovers can also virtually take part in the 53rd book fair by clicking on a designated link,” the chairman of GEBO noted.