Press release: The opening of the Kuwait International Book Fair 2023

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters and under the patronage of the Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Minister of Information and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Abdul Rahman Al-Mutairi inaugurated today at ten o'clock in the morning the activities of the Kuwait International Book Fair 2023 in its 46th session at the International Fairgrounds in Mishref, which is the most prominent cultural event, to continue until 02 December.
The exhibition comes under the slogan "Your passion has a book" as a reference to the fact that every passionate person in every field has a book that suits and corresponds to his interests, regardless of the different types of those interests, as it is an opportunity for everyone to attend and learn about the publications included in the exhibition that suit their interests and desires.
Minister Al-Mutairi stressed that the exhibition coincides with an occasion that reflects the depth, originality, richness and interest in culture in Kuwait, as the golden jubilee of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters is celebrated, adding that culture and literature in the country receive great and continuous attention and support from the political leadership led by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The annual exhibition and various cultural and literary activities enrich the cultural and literary scene in Kuwait and achieve the aspirations of intellectuals and writers.
About the exhibition:
29 countries, including 18 Arab and 11 foreign, will participate in the 46th edition of the exhibition, reflecting Kuwait's prestigious cultural status, as the number of participants by proxy or directly are 486 publishing houses, including 102 by proxy, 384 houses participating directly with a total of books exceeding 71 thousand titles, including 11 thousand modern titles for the years 2023 and 2024.
The exhibition is divided into three halls: 5, 6 and 7 with a total area of 18,000 meters, and the exhibition receives visitors and those hungry for books and reading from 10 am to 10 pm.
Hall No. "5" includes 143 pavilions divided according to countries, including: Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco in addition to Lebanon, while Hall No. "6" is dedicated to the Gulf countries, Kuwaiti publishing houses, foreign countries and some Arab publishing houses, including Iraq, and about the foreign book includes 145 publishing houses or pavilions in particular, while Hall No. "7" is dedicated to government publishing houses, public benefit associations, and regional organizations, numbering 49 pavilions.
Features of this course
* Interactive screens for the public that are located at the main gates of the exhibition, which help visitors to identify the locations and locations of the pavilions, in addition to the service of "25%" discount on all existing books recorded in the "automated inquiry system".
* The availability of automated information centers in the halls, so that the public goes directly to these centers, and can inquire about any book, publishing house or any author directly.
* The initiative "Our book is your book, which was allocated to school students" and Kuwaiti publishing houses will provide them with a book free of charge commensurate with the stage and age group of each school, so that the school visits in particular to the exhibition through the gates after the registration of the school are distributed to the number of school students for each student book, and the student goes directly to the publishing house, which will provide him with a gift, which is a community service and participation in the success of the exhibition, which is considered a cultural and national responsibility.
* Support Palestine: An initiative to allocate 3% of the proceeds of sales to support the people of Gaza, in cooperation with the Kuwaiti Red Crescent.
Cultural Events:
The 46th edition of the exhibition includes a cultural program that hosts Kuwaiti, Arab and international writers and poets, as well as leading figures in the publishing world, and intellectual seminars and workshops will be organized throughout the exhibition.
We wish brotherly Kuwait a successful and distinguished session and long live a free Palestine.
Mohammed Saleh Al-Maalej
Chairman of the Media and Public Relations Committee

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