Sharjah International Book Fair revives spirit of Arabic Calligraphy at Paris Book Fair

SHARJAH: The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has revived the spirit of Arabic Calligraphy at the 34th Paris Book Fair, which is being held at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.

A total of 1,200 exhibitors and 2,000 authors from 37 countries participated, with the state of Argentina and the city of Shanghai being chosen as guests of honour.

The SIBF delegation is led by Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and includes Salim Omar Salim, Head of Sales and Marketing at SIBF, Hind Lenaid, Head of Exhibitions at SIBF and General Coordinator of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, and Mohan Kumar, External Affairs Executive at SIBF.

A number of officials in Paris visited the SIBF stand, including the former French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, who lauded Sharjah’s leading cultural role and expressed his admiration for its landmark cultural projects and initiatives.

Dr. Mohammed Ismail Al Sheikh, Saudi Ambassador to France, also visited the SIBF Stand where Ahmed Al Ameri presented him with copies of “Hadith Al Thakira” and “Harvest of Years”, authored by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The Saudi Ambassador expressed his appreciation of Sharjah’s achievements and impressive presence in the Arab-Islamic cultural scene.

Highlighting the importance of SIBF’s participation, Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of SIBF, said, “This year Sharjah celebrates its new role as Capital of Islamic Culture and there were many opportunities for historic communication between the European and Arab civilizations. We made the best use of our participation in the Paris Book Fair to enhance cultural dialogue between the East and the West. We also made the most of this opportunity to invite visitors to Sharjah and its annual book fair and familiarise themselves with the emirate’s rich cultural scene and its internationally acclaimed reputation, thanks to H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.” He went on to say that the SIBF Management also strives to make the best use of its foreign participations in promoting Sharjah’s Government-supported Translation Grant Fund, which aims to encourage the translation of books from and into Arabic, in order to further enrich Arab and global culture.

“Through our participation in Paris Book Fair, we look forward to networking with French and international publishers to familiarise them with the Translation Grant Fund and its registration process, as well as to connect with participating authors, literary and intellectual figures and publishers,” said Al Ameri and added, “We will be inviting them to participate in the cultural and professional programmes to be held alongside the Sharjah International Book Fair, which will be held from 5th-15th November 2014.” The Sharjah International Book Fair organised an art workshop on Arabic Calligraphy, curated by Sudanese contemporary artist Hassan Mousa.

The SIBF delegation will also participate in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair from 24th-27th March. There, the delegation will promote the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival and the Sharjah Exhibition for Children Book’s Illustrations, which will both take place from 15th-25th April at Expo Centre, Sharjah.