RIYAD – More than 1,000 local, regional and international publishing houses representing 28 countries will enrich the national and Arab cultural movement during the Riyadh International Book Fair 2021, which will be held from October 1 to 10 and marks the biggest cultural event in Saudi Arabia in the book and publishing industry.
With an annual investment volume of SR 4.5 billion from 500 Saudi publishing houses, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considered one of the leading countries in the publishing industry which has experienced remarkable growth. over the past 20 years.
The writing and publishing movement in Saudi Arabia is seen as an attractive factor for major regional and international countries in terms of distribution and geographic coverage, which encourages international participation in the Riyadh Book Fair as a an environment of cultural gain and stimulation that brings together stakeholders and forms a window to review the results of intellectual products in various sciences and knowledge.
The fair will host the Publishers’ Conference on October 4 and 5, the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be organized by the Committee on Literature, Publishing and Translation.
The conference will discuss the conditions of the publishing industry in the Arab world and efforts to develop the industry to reach internationally competitive levels by organizing 12 round tables with the participation of 42 speakers from Saudi Arabia and of the world.
The round tables will cover several aspects related to the conditions of the local and regional publishing industry and how to fill its gaps in order to play a role in its development and increase its contribution to Arab cultural development.
The new edition of the fair takes place under the theme “New destination, new chapter” and will see the participation of Iraq as guest of honor with a program of Iraqi intellectuals and artists to present colloquiums and cultural evenings.
This is the first edition of the fair organized by the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. – SPA