SBA concludes its participation at Turin Book Fair
The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has completed its participation in the Turin Book Fair in Italy. The SBA was the center of attraction among many Arabic and foreign publishers, who praised the role played by the SBA in connecting cultures and civilizations from around the world via its activities and programs.
During its participation in the fair, the SBA facilitated meetings for four Arabic publishers and their Italian counterparts at the matchmaking sessions held on the sidelines of the Turin Book Fair. These meetings resulted in the signing of various agreements.
HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the SBA, highlighted the important role played by books in promoting dialogue between cultures, and encouraging people to embrace tolerance and mutual understanding.
He said, “The importance of Arabic participation in general, and the UAE in particular, in international book fairs, as means to express the real Arabic culture, and reflect the emphasis on books in Arabic countries cannot be underestimated. The SBA invited several publishers and cultural figures participating in the Turin Fair to visit Sharjah, and learn about its unique cultural movement.”
Al Ameri continued: that “The vision of Sharjah, established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah is based on acceptance and tolerance, as well as cultural exchange and other important key factors in building civilizations.”
Turin Book Fair is considered the largest book event in Italy, and one of the most prominent book fairs in Europe. It always attracts large participation from specialists and professionals in the publishing industry and was opened by Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella. The 2015 edition of the fair focused on the theme Wonders of Italy, where the exhibition shed light on the breath-taking landscapes, monuments, and historical and touristic attractions of the country. Germany was the guest of honor for this year’s edition, while Saudi Arabia will be the guest of honor in 2016.
SBA manages various cultural projects, including the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Sharjah Translation Grant, as well as the Joint Conference with the American Library Association. The SBA was established in 2015, through an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
It is tasked with encouraging investment in creative industries and providing a platform for knowledge and intellectual exchange among people from different countries and cultures. The SBA also aims to develop the printing and publishing sector and support the significant role of writers and their influence in spreading awareness of technological advancements and the availability of various sources of information.