In a meeting between the Deputy of Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) Qader Ashena and the President of Turin International Book Fair Silvio Viale, the two sides highlighted the need to expand ties in cultural fields, wrote IRNA.
They discussed cultural cooperation on the sidelines of the 33rd Turin International Book Fair 2019, which opened on May 9 and will wrap up today.
Referring to TIBF, Ashena, who is also the executive director of Iran Cultural Fairs Institute, said that TIBF has turned into a landmark book fair in the Middle East and Asia, and this event is the most significant financial turnover in the field of Iran’s culture.
Given that Italy was the year’s guest of honor at TIBF in 2017, he noted that Iran is participating at the Turin International Book Fair as guest of honor due to the suggestion of the Italian Embassy in Tehran. He also invited Silvio Viale to visit TIBF in 2020.
The purpose of Iran Cultural Fairs Institute’s presence at the 33rd edition of the Turin book fair is to examine the quantitative and qualitative level of this exhibition for the proper participation of Iranian publishers and evaluation of Iran being a special guest of Italy at this exhibition, he added.
Silvio Viale also said that he is glad that Iran has participated in this exhibition for the first time, adding, an average of 1,200 publishers have participated in this event and it is expected to be visited by 150,000 visitors.
Turin International Book Fair officials believe that special guests should be selected from different parts of the world every year, Viale noted.