SHARJAH – With Nobel and Booker laureates, screenwriters of main 21st-century reveals, famend authors, illustrators and creatives from world wide, the 40th annual Sharjah Worldwide Guide Honest shall be star-studded.
Happening over a course of 11 days from November 3 – 13 at Expo Centre Sharjah, the milestone version may also carry 1,566 publishers from 83 international locations together with hundreds of thousands of books beneath its roof.
Organised by the Sharjah Guide Authority (SBA), SIBF 2021 shall be welcoming 85 writers and intellectuals who will lead the truthful’s 970 occasions and actions together with literary discussions, workshops, seminars, cultural reveals, concert events, theatre, and extra, beneath the theme ‘There’s at all times a proper guide’, impressed by SBA’s worldwide marketing campaign ‘Into Books’, which has been making waves across the globe since its international unveiling this August.
The complete programme agenda of the 40th version of the globally-anticipated guide truthful was detailed at a well-attended press convention organised by SBA on the Home of Knowledge, Sharjah on Wednesday. Amongst outstanding attendees had been HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA; HE Inigo de Palacio, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the UAE; HE Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director Basic of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority; Brig. Basic Dr Ahmed Saeed Al Naour, Director-Basic of Central Operations, Sharjah Police; HE Abdul Aziz Hamad Taryam, CEO Adviser and Basic Supervisor, Northern Emirates, Etisalat; and Khoula Al Mujaini, Basic Coordinator of SIBF.
Al Ameri: Each achievement and each change we attempt for begins within the pages of a guide
In his keynote handle, HE Ahmed Al Ameri stated: “Over the past 40 years, we have imbibed several key lessons from the vision and efforts His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on the emirate’s cultural project. The most important among these is every achievement and every change we strive for starts in the pages a book; every discussion we begin and even the understanding of our history starts with a book.”
He added: “The 40th edition of SIBF is a remarkable cultural milestone for Sharjah and the UAE, through which we want to continue driving our efforts to promote the growth and post-pandemic recovery of the global publishing industry. SIBF 2021 will serve as a catalyst for new readers and a key player in transforming the industry to meet their needs. At the same time, the book fair will offer a platform for authors and researchers to broaden their areas of interest.”
1,566 publishers at SIBF 2021; 929 Arab and 637 worldwide
SIBF 2021 brings collectively 929 Arab and 637 worldwide publishers showcasing hundreds of thousands of books throughout a 10,000sqm space. This yr, Egypt is represented by 295 publishers, adopted by 250 from the UAE, 138 from the UK, 112 from Lebanon, 93 from Syria and 76 from Jordan.
India is taking part with 87 publishers, whereas 48 are coming in from the US, 26 from Italy, 16 every from Canada and Brazil, 14 from Spain, and 12 every from Mexico and France. 9 international locations will debut in SIBF, together with Colombia, South Sudan, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Cultural persona of the yr: Taleb al-Refai
SIBF 2021 will host Kuwaiti journalist and author Taleb al-Refai because the cultural persona of the yr to honour his wealthy contributions to Arabic literature by means of his novels, quick tales, literary criticisms, in addition to his function in reviving the Gulf area’s literature and constructing bridges between Arab and Western cultures for over three a long time.
SIBF 2021 to host a stellar lineup of authors and cultural personalities from world wide
Notable names from the Arab area embody poet and artist Khalid Abdulrahman, writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Dr. Ahmed Emara, poet Hisham Algakh, actor Muhammad Subhi, poet Faisal Al Adwani, Egyptian jewelry designer Azza Fahmy, Egyptian writer Dr Midhat Al Adl, historian Ali Al Namlah, Jordanian Booker winner Jalal Barjas, poet Haidar Mahmoud, and artist Ahmad Al Jasmi.
The richness and variety of worldwide literature and tradition shall be represented by Tanzanian novelist and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021, Abdulrazak Gurnah who’s making his first look in a world occasion since being honoured with the title; Chris Gardner; author Yasmina Khadra; Amitav Ghosh; Chetan Bhagat; and the younger inventor Gitanjali Rao from America.
SIBF 2021 Visitor of Honour programme to be led by Spain
From culinary demonstrations to musical concert events together with the ‘La Caramba’ shall be a part of Spain’s wealthy GoH programme, which can span 25 actions in complete led by 41 visitors. A panel dialogue on scriptwriting by the screenwriters of the hit Netflix sequence “Money Heist” (La Casa de Papel), Javier Gómez and Diego Avalos, and illustrators of youngsters’s and younger grownup literature will host workshops. Authors and publishers would be the actual protagonists of the programme who shall be discussing the significance of translations amongst different key subjects to focus on the shared legacy of Spanish and Arab cultures.
A vibrant youngsters’s programme and out of doors exhibition
SIBF 2021 is organising 355 actions, reveals and workshops for youngsters this yr, which shall be led by professionals and consultants from 9 international locations. As well as, the 11-day truthful will function an outside exhibition from Canada titled ‘The Heart of Traveler’, which is devoted to celebrating the literary experiences of the Haitian-Canadian novelist Dany Laferrière and consists of seven interactive reveals primarily based three of his novels.
SIBF 2021 brings again faculty visits
Consistent with its strict well being and security framework, the guide truthful shall be open as soon as once more for college and college visits. SIBF 2021 customer capability protocol is that the numbers shall be capped at 80 per cent of the venue’s full capability. Colleges that want to schedule a go to must pre-register.
Moreover, the SIBF shall be organising writer visits to pick out colleges and universities throughout the UAE.
80 reveals that includes theatre, dance performances and musicals
SIBF 2021 will stage 80 awe-inspiring theatrical and dance performances in addition to musicals wherein artists and performing teams from 9 international locations will take part. Key theatre reveals embody ‘The Rabbits’, that includes Bader Al Shuaibi, Faher Al Benai, Hanadi Al Kandari, Fahd Saleh, Ghrour Safr and Ahmed bin Hussein.
Social Media Station to host 11 specialised workshops
A complete of 11 workshops at SIBFs fashionable Social Media Station will cowl subjects together with social media tendencies, inventive content material and different points throughout the guide truthful. Notable visitors main the actions embody Amr Maskoun, Mohamed Tarek and Hadeel Marei.
10 cooks and consultants to guide 35 actions on the SIBF Cookery Nook
Meals lovers are in for a brand new culinary journey with 10 cooks and consultants from 9 international locations who will lead 35 actions all through SIBF 2021. Notable contributors embody Korean-American chef Judy Joo, Malaysian chef Sherson Lian, Indian chef Kunal Kapur, and Lebanese Lina Saad.
The Illustrators Survival nook
The Illustrators Survival Nook, a mission in collaboration with Bologna Kids’s Guide Honest curated by Mimaster Illustrazione, will maintain three hands-on workshops and masterclasses for aspiring illustrators, designers and artwork administrators who shall be taught to make use of picture design and creativity instruments, study worldwide greatest practices and can profit from skilled portfolio critiques.
Sharjah Worldwide Library Convention
200 librarians and consultants from 20 international locations together with 17 audio system from 10 international locations will convene on the eighth version of the Sharjah Worldwide Library Convention (SILC). Held in collaboration with the American Library Affiliation (ALA) from November 9-11, the pre-conference workshops and the two-day convention will happen in a hybrid format. A world group of librarians and consultants will lead the convention discussions, which can centre round new tendencies and applied sciences, establishing collaborations and networks, enhancing management expertise, and creating and selling new providers for his or her respective communities.
11th SIBF Publishers Convention
Greater than 520 publishing professionals, brokers and authors, and 35 audio system will participate within the 11th SIBF Publishers Convention, going down at Expo Centre Sharjah from October 31 – November 2. The three-day occasion will host Eight panel discussions on the important thing points and challenges going through the publishing sector within the area and world wide. Taking part publishers will get the chance to use for the US$300,000 SIBF Translation Grant. The massively fashionable ‘Matchmaking’ periods shall be held on all three days of the convention for the comfort of publishers and business professionals to debate shopping for and promoting of rights and strike new offers, particularly within the Arab market.
New at SIBF: Nationwide Libraries Summit and Sensible App
A brand-new function of the SIBF programme, a two-day Nationwide Libraries Summit, shall be organised on the SBA headquarters in Sharjah on November 8–9. The theme of the summit is ‘Attend, Interact and Influence’ and shall be attended by 60 contributors from 20 counties and 20 nationwide libraries from world wide who shall be partaking in a number of discussions and 4 networking conferences.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, SBA will launch Sharjah Worldwide Guide Honest Sensible App suitable with each Android and iOS units. The app will permit customers to view all the actions roster, view taking part publishers and titles accessible and plan journeys by setting personalised notifications for upcoming actions.
Noting that his handle was a tribute to SIBF, HE Inigo de Palacio, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to the UAE stated: “The Sharjah International Book Fair is the most relevant book fair in the Arab region. I’ve been informed that more than 77 countries participated in the 2019 edition, which welcomed over 2 million visitors. This is outstanding! These numbers are a testimony to the cultural vision and leadership of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah”.
Palacio thanked Sharjah for accepting LIBER Guide Honest 2019’s invitation to be Visitor of Honour (GoH) and stated, “Spain is reciprocating Sharjah’s generosity by coming to SIBF 2021 as a guest of honour”.
“A highlight of Spain’s guest of honour programme is a high-level visit by our Minister of Culture and Sports. Following SBA’s recent visit to Madrid, this new opportunity will be a significant milestone in Emirati–Spanish cooperation. Through our participation in SIBF 2021, we will be proudly representing not just Spain, but a community of more than 560 million people worldwide,” he continued.
HE Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, Director Basic of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, stated: “The Sharjah Broadcasting Authority has a clear vision based on the directives of the Sharjah Ruler that media is machinery for positive change. We work in partnership with entities like SBA to make the emirate’s projects a success. Let’s congratulate all Emiratis and readers worldwide on the occasion of the 40th edition of SIBF, which has transcended its role as a book fair to become a cultural representation of Sharjah and the UAE – a message from the UAE and the Arab nation, which beliefs in the intrinsic value of books in offering a foundation for advancement.”
He added that three channels and studios of the SBA will dedicatedly broadcast the guide truthful’s 11-day actions and occasions in a complete method through 14 programmes. Aside from this, there shall be stay protection and reporting on SIBF 2021 by the authority every day along with writer interviews, video games, competitions, and extra.
Brig. Basic Dr Ahmed Saeed Al Naour, Director-Basic of Central Operations, Sharjah Police, famous: “We are working committedly to translate the national security strategy of our wise leadership. His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah is keen on reinforcing the emirate’s status as a hub for civilisational enlightenment by attracting the most brilliant intellectual minds here. As we recover from the global pandemic, Sharjah Police promises to protect and safeguard the book fair and its visitors from the beginning until the very end.”
For his half, HE Abdul Aziz Hamad Taryam, CEO Adviser and Basic Supervisor, Northern Emirates, Etisalat, stated: “With the 40th edition of SIBF, Sharjah renews its commitment to extend and strengthen bridges of communication with other cultures of the world. This edition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s formation and reinforces the nation’s aspirations to provide an environment that promotes our culture as well as leading cultural innovation. At Etisalat, we are honoured to offer our support to the book fair once again. Our continued support to this key event reflects our commitment to promoting reading and holistic cultural development in the UAE society.”
Khoula Al Mujaini, Basic Coordinator of SIBF, stated: “The thought behind selecting this edition’s theme for SIBF ‘There’s always a right book’, was that the messages we sent out to the world with our recent global campaign ‘Into Books’, will find its way to realisation as every SIBF 2021 visitor finds a book to fuel their interests and passions.”
Strict well being and security protocols shall be adhered to all through the 11-day occasion.