The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF), now in its 55th year, has experienced a remarkable surge in attendance, with visitor numbers soaring to nearly 400,000 on its second day. Organized by the Egyptian General Book Authority and the Ministry of Culture, this year's fair has quickly become a cultural hub, drawing participants from across the globe and surpassing half a million visitors in its initial days.
Dr. Nevin El-Kilany, Minister of Culture, highlighted the fair's role as a vibrant center for culture and arts, attracting international nationalities to Egypt. She praised the Egyptian public's keen interest in the fair, viewing it as an invaluable opportunity for cultural enrichment and learning.
Dr. Ahmed Bahy El-Din, head of the Egyptian General Book Authority, revealed the staggering attendance figures, with the second day alone witnessing 397,611 visitors, pushing the two-day total to 605,052. He noted the fair's packed schedule of events and activities, which have drawn large crowds from the outset.
This year's theme, "We Make Knowledge... We Preserve the Word," underlines the fair's commitment to fostering knowledge and safeguarding cultural heritage. Supported by the President of the Republic, the fair runs from January 25th to February 6th and features a diverse array of cultural, artistic, and literary programs aimed at visitors of all ages.