The organizing committee for celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing is led by Information Minister Lilia Ananich and Culture Minister Boris Svetlov. Some 60 events will be held to mark the anniversary.
Iran's stand at the 24th Minsk International Book Fair provides an opportunity to Belarusians to learn more about Iranian literature and art, the head of the cultural office at the Iranian Embassy to Belarus Seyed Shafai said.
The United Kingdom is the Guest of Honor at this year's edition of the Minsk International Book Fair. The Embassy has invited many guests to attend the large-scale event: writers, publishers, journalists, teachers and public figures.
More than 160 people from all corners of Belarus took part in the contest. The age of participants was from 17 to 30 years. The works of the winners have been published in the Pershatsvet almanac. These are the works of ten poets and ten writers.
“For some books are simply textbooks, for others they are a nice piece of furniture. But for many books have been a big help,” Maksim Ryzhenkov said. He read out the president's message on the occasion of the opening of the book fair.
The 24th edition of the forum has brought together many participants who have come to present a variety of books and stands. The big number of professionals that the fair has gathered confirms its status. It is one of the most prestigious events in Eastern Europe, Maksim Ryzhenkov said.
“Literature plays a crucial role in the resolution of national tasks, preservation of the spiritual legacy, promotion of the dialogue of cultures,” the head of state noted. “Your large-scale forum is a respectable platform for sharing ideas; it brings together many guests from neighboring and distant countries.”
Lilia Ananich noted that the Information Ministry closely monitors the Belarusian information space with the assistance from the Center of Sociological and Political Studies of the Belarusian State University.
We plan to take part in a number of international book fairs, Lilia Ananich said. She noted that the ministry discussed different aspects of the organization of book publishing industry-related roundtables, scientific conferences, and workshops with diplomatic missions.