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Hong Kong Book Fair to Celebrate 20th Edition
Multimedia and English Theme Zones Among July Fair Highlights

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  Speaking today at the press conference announcing details of the 20th Hong Kong Book Fair were (left to right): Dr Ma Ka Fai, Assistant Director, Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong; Shek Kang Chuen, Associate Publisher and Head of Research, Hong Kong Economic Times; Yau Lop Poon, Editor-in-chief, Yazhou Zhoukan; Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director, HKTDC; Dr Rosanna Wong, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; Simon Li, Vice-chairman, Hong Kong Publishing Federation; and Hon Man Po, Chairman of the Literary Arts Committee, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
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A photo exhibition featuring book fair developments over the past two decades opened today and continues through 21 June, at the Hong Kong Central Library

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Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director, HKTDC 

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  Dr Ma Ka Fai, Assistant Director, Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong 
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  Hon Man Po, Chairman of the Literary Arts Committee, Hong Kong Arts Development Council 
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  Yau Lop Poon, Editor-in-chief, Yazhou Zhoukan 
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  Simon Li, Vice-chairman, Hong Kong Publishing Federation 
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Shek Kang Chuen, Associate Publisher and Head of Research, Hong Kong Economic Times 

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Dr Rosanna Wong, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

 
17 June 2009 – More than 500 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions will take part in the 20th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 22-28 July, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). 

First organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in 1990, the fair has grown into a top destination event, as well as a favourite summertime attraction for families and students. 

"The publishing industry plays a crucial role in Hong Kong's creative economy. Thanks to the great support from publishers, writers and book lovers, the Hong Kong Book Fair has grown bigger and bigger over the past two decades," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC. 

For the first time, Brazil, Italy and the United Arab Emirates are sending exhibitors to the fair, which features one-third more exhibition space than in 2008. New zones include Multimedia, featuring ebooks, online publishing, audio-visual learning aids and educational software, and English Avenue, with more than 50 booths. Other zones will focus on books related to the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, teenagers, children and religion. 

The International Cultural Village returns, providing a forum for international publishers and groups from 10 countries and regions: Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the UAE. 

"To celebrate the 20th edition of the book fair, more than 200 cultural events have been arranged this year, from "Learning English through Sharing Books" seminars organised by the British Council, to storytelling sessions led by local celebrities," said Mr Yip. 

Together with Yazhou Zhoukan, the HKTDC will also continue the popular Renowned Writers Series of seminars featuring well-known authors from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. On 24 July, Howard Goldblatt, University of Notre Dame Research Professor of Chinese, and among the foremost translators of contemporary Chinese literature in the West, will take part in a seminar organised with the Hong Kong Art Development Council. 

"We will also enhance copyright trade by organising the first Hong Kong Publishing Copyright Fair, which will run concurrently with the book fair," said Mr Yip. 

Fair Websites:
http://www.hkbookfair.com/en
http://www.hktdc.com/hkcopyright

Fair Dates  
22 July (Wednesday) 9am-10pm
23 July (Thursday)      10am-10pm
24-25 July (Friday-Saturday) 10am-midnight
26-27 July (Sunday-Monday) 10am-10pm
28 July (Tuesday) 10am-5pm


 






Admission: open to the public; by ticket only

- Adults: HK$25
- Children: HK$10 (for children under 1.22m tall/primary school students)
- Morning admission (before 1pm): HK$10 (tickets for sale at fairground only)
- Children under three, elderly over 65: free admission
- Tourists: HK$10 (must present travel document/visa)
- Super Pass: HK$80; available at HKTDC Design Gallery (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre outlet only), bookstores and publishing houses; exact locations to be advised. With the Super Pass, visitors have unlimited entry to the book fair and can use the special access to avoid queuing.   

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com

 

 

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