Rabat - Morocco is the first Arab guest of honor at Belgrade's International Book Fair, October 21-28 in Serbia.
Rabat – Morocco is the first Arab guest of honor at Belgrade’s International Book Fair, October 21-28 in Serbia.
The book fair kicked off on Sunday under the slogan “The Joy of Reading.” Morocco’s book stand display is at a prominent location.
“Morocco is the first Arab country to be the guest of honor at the Belgrade Book Fair and we will try to put together a hundred books on a 100 square meter stand, including books, literature, history, philosophy, and social sciences,” said Mohammed Amine Belhaj, the Moroccan ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro.
As a guest of honor, Morocco will introduce the book fair visitors to Moroccan literature, culture, and history through prominent authors, translators, publishers, and distributors. Under the dome of the Belgrade Book Fair, members of the Moroccan delegation will give lectures at both the exhibition stand and in the conference halls.
Approximately 1,000 exhibitors are participating in the 63rd International Belgrade Book fair this year. The exhibition is an occasion for bibliomaniacs to collect titles from all over the world.
Previous guests of honor include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein (2017), Iran (2016), and Russia (2015).
Inauguration of the Stand of the Kingdom of Morocco, Guest of Honor of the 63th International Belgarde Book Fair by H.E Mr. Mohamed El Aaraj, Minister of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco and his Serbian Counterpart, H.E Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic. pic.twitter.com/xG1NlzftS5
— Morocco In Serbia (@MoroccoInSerbia) 21 octobre 2018
“Morocco’s participation confirms the Kingdom’s wish to strengthen the diplomatic relations, cultural exchange and bilateral ties between the two nations. Through this exhibition, we will also introduce the wide audience to the eclectic and varied Moroccan culture and identity: Arabic, Islamic, Amazigh, Sahrawi, Hassaniyan, Andalusian, Jewish and Mediterranean,” stated Minister of Culture Mohamed El Aaraj.
On the same note, the Serbian minister of culture, Vladan Vukosavljevic said, “Morocco is a model to follow thanks to its affluent cultural richness and its creativity in preserving the civilization and cultural heritage, which is something that makes Morocco well-known worldwide.”
By Mohammed Bella