News ID: 254554
Published: 0218 GMT June 19, 2019

Seoul Int’l Book Fair opens with Iran’s presence

Seoul Int’l Book Fair opens with Iran’s presence

Iran is participating in the 25th Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) which opened on June 19.

Iran Cultural Fair Institute is attending the event on behalf of the domestic publication industry and presenting titles pertaining to literature, poetry, Iranian studies, art, religion and children’s books.

Managers of SIBF and Tehran International Book Fair signed an agreement in 2018, based on which each party will provide the other with a stand of an area of 18 square meters free of charge.

SIBF on Wednesday kicked off its five-day journey to guide book lovers through the latest news and trends in the publishing industry at home and abroad.

The 25th SIBF, the biggest book fair in the country, will run through Sunday at the Convention and Exhibition Center in southern Seoul under the theme of “Arrival.”

Hosted by the Korean Publishers Association under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival encompasses promotion booths representing 313 local publishing houses as well as 118 others from 40 foreign countries.

This year’s festival features a special campaign, “Book-reading Athletes,” designed to promote reading in professional sports leagues.

The opening ceremony of the SIBF brought together sports stars like Lee Seung-yuop, Kim Byung-ji and Chung Un-chan, the head of the Korea Baseball Organization, as well as Culture Minister Park Yang-woo.

“Sports people have come forward to help (promote) a book-reading South Korea,” Minister Park said.

“I believe when good books are published and read, society finally becomes a genuinely mature community,” the minister said in his opening speech.

Marking the 30th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with South Korea this year, Hungary is putting on a special event, presenting to the South Korean public a collection of Hungarian titles translated into Korean, as well as writers and publication experts who best represent the country’s publishing sector and culture.

Hungary will also throw a series of cultural events featuring the country’s famous desserts and movies.



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