SHARJAH – Consolidating its place because the world’s largest e-book honest for the second 12 months in a row by way of shopping for and promoting of copyrights, the 41st Sharjah Worldwide E book Honest (SIBF) drew to a profitable shut, after receiving 2.17 million readers from 112 international locations in the course of the 12-day cultural extravaganza that ran underneath the theme, ‘Unfold the Phrase’.
Organised by Sharjah E book Authority (SBA), the honest’s guests comprised 54.2 p.c male and 45.Eight p.c feminine. Of those, 40.Eight p.c had been within the 16-25 age group whereas 35.1 p.c shaped a part of the 25-45 age group.
Embodying its imaginative and prescient of constructing new generations of readers, SIBF 2022 acquired 218,000 college students. For younger pupils, the e-book honest is a vital annual cultural vacation spot that gives their libraries with new Arabic and international publications and facilitates the chance to fulfill their favorite writers and cultural personalities, together with content material creators, artists and social media influencers.
SIBF 2022, which celebrated Italy because the Visitor of Honour, hosted a galaxy of authors, sports activities personalities, intellectuals, artists, common cinema icons from the Arab area and the Subcontinent, and a bunch of specialized specialists to drive dwelling Sharjah’s cultural marketing campaign to the world, ‘If you’re into one thing, you’re into books’.
By means of a various array of actions together with music, arts, poetry evenings, and extra underneath its vibrant cultural programme, the honest has strengthened and deepened connections between books and each side of human life.
SIBF 2022 welcomed footballing legend Zlatan Ibrahimović; India’s most celebrated actor Shah Rukh Khan – popularly generally known as the King of Bollywood; Egyptian actor Karim Abdul Aziz, lead star of The Blue Elephant; Egypt’s famend motion hero, Ahmed El Sakka; and Saudi Arabia’s prized musician, Abadi-Al Johar, amongst a bunch of different cultural celebrities.
Sudanese historian Yusuf Fadl Hasan was celebrated because the ‘Cultural Character’ of SIBF 2022 whereas the honest additionally hosted a distinguished group of regional and worldwide friends within the 41st version, together with Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka, winner of the 2022 Booker Prize; Geetanjali Shree, Hindi-language writer and winner of the Worldwide Booker prize; Algerian novelist Waciny Laredj, Egyptian author Ahmad Mourad, and writer Sultan Al Amimi, Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union, amongst others.
200 cultural actions
The discussion board halls opened doorways for debates and discussions on a number of the most outstanding points impacting Arab and world literature and explored challenges of translation, delved into the way forward for communication, and supplied insights on the significance of analysis, documentation and historical past. Over the course of 12 days, SIBF hosted greater than 200 cultural discussions to complement and educate the guests.
African – Arab Cultural Programme
This 12 months, the e-book honest make clear the African expertise in literature by way of the African – Arab Cultural Programme and celebrated writers of the up to date diaspora with a particular programme encompassing performances and actions in literature, artwork, trend, and music.
The annual e-book honest, which locations publishers on the coronary heart of the cultural occasion, opened alternatives for professionals within the trade to community, matchmake, and forge partnerships. 26 publishing homes from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, India, the UK, Morocco, Algeria, Tunis and UAE, are embarking on a brand new journey to make inroads within the area and past by signing as much as avail of the help services and providers on the Sharjah Publishing Metropolis Free Zone.
AED 4.5 million grant
Through the honest, His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah directed the allocation of AED 4.5 million to equip the emirate’s libraries with the newest titles from regional and worldwide publishing homes which have a presence on the 41st SIBF.
Social Media impressions
With greater than 38 million impressions, SIBF’s social media accounts reached greater than 7 million customers globally. Greater than 18 million people seen movies created for the 41st version whereas the hashtag ‘#SIBF22’ created 78 million impressions. As well as, there have been 8,400 particular person posts from the general public and media that used the hashtag in Arabic and English.
Constructing communities of readers
HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, mentioned: “Curtains came down on the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair with over 2.17 million visitors. These are not mere visitors but ambassadors who carry forward the message and vision of SBA, and the emirate’s cultural project that was founded five decades ago by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which has grown and borne fruit, the latest of which is the recognition as the world’s largest book fair for the second year in a row.”
The SBA Chairman added: “One of the core goals of the book fair is to raise awareness on the importance of reading and build communities that believe in the value and impact of books. We have achieved this goal to a large extent. Our goal is to transcend the idea that reading is an activity for intellectuals only. At SBA, we believe that reading is for all segments of the community whose interests span across varied fields like music, cinema, sports, architecture, fashion, or any other. This was reflected in the diversity of SIBF guests in the 41st edition whose relationship with books was evident during their participation at the event.”
Khoula Al Mujaini, Normal Coordinator of SIBF, mentioned: “SIBF’s vibrant agenda of activities in its 41st edition offered a comprehensive experience that attracted visitors and distinguished artists, sportsmen and authors from all around the world. The high footfall is a clear indicator of the status and importance of the international book fair in meeting the demands of its guests, regardless of age and nationalities.”
This 12 months, SIBF 2022 hosted 2,213 publishers, comprising 1,298 from the Arab area and 915 from around the globe. Below the e-book honest’s cultural programme this 12 months, SIBF hosted 150 distinguished authors, intellectuals and creatives who led 1,500 actions and classes together with 200 actions encompassing workshops, talks, and seminars.