17 June 2009
Hong Kong Book Fair to Celebrate 20th Edition
Multimedia and English Theme Zones Among July Fair Highlights
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.
|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.
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
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