41st edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair has opened under the slogan ‘Spread the Word’ and runs until November 13 at Expo Centre Sharjah.
The 12-day cultural extravaganza celebrates the world’s cultures by hosting a galaxy of distinguished authors, intellectuals, publishers, artists and creatives from 95 countries, and fetes Italy as the Guest of Honour of the 2022 edition. Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the international book fair enables visitors to meet Booker Prize laureates, international screenwriters, and artists, in addition to exploring countries from around the world through publishers’ pavilions, Cookery Station, and a diverse agenda of activities that comprise musical performances, plays, and theatrical shows.
This year, SIBF 2022 is hosting 2,213 publishers, comprising 1,298 from the Arab region and 915 from around the world. The 41st edition will stage 123 awe-inspiring theatrical performances as well as musicals led by 22 artists and performers from eight countries, including six new programmes and more than 30 activities led by renowned Arab and international chefs.
As part of the book fair’s cultural programme this year, SIBF will host 150 distinguished authors, intellectuals and creatives who will lead 1,500 activities and sessions including 200 activities encompassing workshops, talks, and seminars.