53rd Cairo International Book Fair opens with Greece as guest of honor

“All events will put safety first, while maintaining social distancing and following precautionary measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Haitham al-Hag Ali President of the Cairo International Book Fair and Head of the Egyptian General Book Authority

Since the start of the pandemic, Egypt has recorded over 400,000 Covid-19 cases and over 22,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

Haitham el-Hag Ali, head of the book fair, said: “All events will put safety first, while maintaining social distancing and following precautionary measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.” .

He added that the Ministry of Health provides a vaccination center inside the premises of the fair.

In order to facilitate attendance, the fair’s organizing committee decided that it was not necessary to present a vaccination card to enter the exhibition space. But those planning to attend indoor cultural and arts events should still present vaccination cards.

The fair also has an online platform to try to attract more visitors.

Greece: guest of honor

Greece is the current edition guest of honor. The Greek pavilion features books that have recently won state literature awards and Arabic translations of important Greek titles. Among them are: the novel “Alexandrian Voices on Lepsius Streetby the Egyptian-Greek writer and translator Persa Koumoutsi; “why i killed my best friendby Amanda Michalopoulou; “The Resurrection of Michael Jacksonby Dimitris Sotakis; and “The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egyptby Alexandre Kitroeff.

The pavilion is also host to a special tribute to the late Greek poet of Alexandria Constantin Cavafy (1863-1933), considered one of the greatest Greek poets of the 20th century. More than 50 books on Cavafy in Greek, Arabic and other languages ​​are exhibited, as well as a presentation of the Cavafy Digital Archive by the Onassis Foundation.

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