Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 26th Minsk International Book Fair, First Deputy Culture Minister Natalia Karchevskaya emphasized that reading is one of the pillars of spiritual health of a nation, BelTA has learned.
“The Minsk International Book Fair is a very important event in Belarus' cultural life, because reading is among the fundamentals of spiritual health of an entire nation. I am glad that the Presidential Library initiated the project “Reading Together – Discovering Each Other”. This way our libraries make a tremendous contribution to cultural partnerships of libraries of the CIS member states. These projects help expand cultural borders and give an opportunity to grow in cooperation with other countries,” Natalia Karchevskaya said.
She noted that the fair drew a great number of visitors of all ages, which attests to the love for reading in Belarus. “This event is of great interest to our fellow Belarusians, while reading and books remain relevant. At the same time, following the trends of the publishing industry, books are turning into true pieces of art, not just a source of information. Therefore, it is important to hold such events. This is the 26th edition of this forum, but I believe that next year the fair will outgrow this exposition venue,” Natalia Karchevskaya said.
The 26th Minsk International Book Fair is held under the slogan "More Than Books" from 6 to 10 February. Its main venue is the exposition complex at 14 Pobediteley Avenue. The Minsk International Book Fair features over 400 exhibitors from 35 countries. Some 60,000 people are expected to visit the fair. The organizers of the Minsk International Book Fair are the Information Ministry, the Minsk City Hall and the Belarusian Union of Writers. Co-organizers are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Education Ministry, the Culture Ministry, Belkniga and Makbel book selling companies.