The activities of the Algiers International Book Fair, in its 26th edition, began yesterday, Wednesday, in the capital, Algiers, which continues until the fourth of next November, under the slogan “Africa writes its future,” with the participation of 1,283 publishing houses from 61 countries.
The new edition is concerned with African culture, the guest of honor of the exhibition, as exhibitors and intellectuals from 61 countries participate, including 19 African countries. It also provides the latest literary, scientific and other publications, and a diverse program that includes intellectual and cultural activities, including lectures and meetings, in the presence of well-known literary names from Algeria, Africa and the Arab world. .
The exhibition will witness the participation of 267 Algerian exhibitors, 361 Arab exhibitors, and 625 foreign exhibitors, and includes 40 cultural and literary activities, including seminars and platforms on literature, history, the world of children and youth, and translation, in addition to honoring a number of Algerian figures.
The course will highlight the common historical gains in Africa, introduce them, and value them culturally and economically, in addition to reviewing the aspirations of African countries and peoples.
The Governor of the Algiers International Book Fair, Mohamed Aqrib, said that a special cultural program had been set to characterize the 26th edition of the fair in solidarity with Palestine and its proud people by creating special spaces for everything related to Palestinian literature and culture.
Iqrib revealed – in an Algerian radio program – that Palestine will be at the heart of the Algeria International Book Fair with the creation of the “Gaza Space”, which will host lectures, seminars, forums and poetry evenings animated by intellectuals and writers from Palestine and from many Arab countries.
He also pointed out the creation of another space, which is a wing of the Ministry of Culture, which embraces Palestine with its literature, writers and culture, in addition to the “Tassili” space, which will host seminars and spaces related to everything related to Palestinian literature and culture in general.
The cultural program of the exhibition focuses on “Books and Digitization,” as it organizes a number of seminars on this topic, including “Digitization in the Service of Publishing,” “Electronic Book Marketing,” and “The Practice of Writing in the Digital Space.”
For her part, Minister of Culture and Arts, Soria Moulouji, said that the exhibition’s activities will extend to other places, including the “Mufdi Zakaria” Palace of Culture, the National Library, and the Cinema Museum.