Sharjah Current Affairs - 2020

Sharjah International Book Fair 2019

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2019, an annual international book fair was inaugurated in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was inaugurated by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the sovereign ruler of Emirate of Sharjah and the Federal Supreme Council Member. The debut edition of SIBF was launched in 1982.

Key Highlights

The year 2019 marks the 38th edition of 11-day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). Nearly 1800 exhibitors from 77 countries are participating in 2019 Fair. SIBF will showcase about 987 activities presenting scientific, knowledge and literary themes.

SIBF 2019 will carry the theme of- Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC), ‘Open Books Open Minds’, to promote books and reading across age groups and communities.

The Guest of Honour country at 38th SIBF is Republic of Mexico.

The Principal Guest of Honour at 38th SIBF is Steve Harvey, America’s most-loved host.

Fair will bring together a host of Arab and international guests and celebrities such as Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish novelist to win 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature; leadership guru, Robin Sharma. Also, a number of Indian authors and personalities are expected to be part of this event.

World Book Day 2019

23rd of April is observed as World Book by UNESCO and other related organisations every year. The city of Sharjah has been selected as the World Book Capital for the year 2019.

World Book Day 2019 is the 24th edition and the theme is centred around round celebrating literature and reading with a particular focus on enhancing and protecting indigenous languages. The theme is in line with the celebration of the International Year of the Indigenous Languages by the UN.

Genesis of the World Book Day

Often also called the World Book and Copyright Day, it aims to promote the joy of books and the art of reading. World Book Day recognises that books are a link between the past and the future, a bridge between cultures and generations.

UNESCO chose 23rd April for the World Book Day to pay tribute to great literary figures including William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day and was finalised in the year 1995 in the UNESCO General Conference, held in Paris.

Further UNESCO and organisations representing publishers, booksellers and libraries select World Book Capital for a year to maintain the celebrations of books and reading. For the year 2019, Sharjah, UAE has been declared as the World Book Capital. It will be preceded by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 2020.