Hanoi Book fair 2019 kicks off (16:15 03/10/2019)

HNP - The Hanoi People’s Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications held a ceremony on October 2 to kick off the fourth Hanoi Book Fair 2019 with the theme “Hanoi - The City for Peace” at The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. 

Delegates cut the ribbon to kick off the book fair.

The event is among activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s recognition as City for Peace by the UNESCO.
In attendance were Hoang Vinh Bao, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, President of the Vietnam Publishing Association; Nguyen Van Phong, Head of the Municipal Party Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education; Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee. 
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy said that the Hanoi Book Fair 2019 gathers more than 200 stalls of book companies, publishing houses and distributors at home and abroad.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the fair.
Themed “Hanoi – The City for Peace”, this year’s book fair drew the participation of several diplomatic missions in Hanoi, such as embassies of India, Indonesia, France, Italy and the Czech Republic; ASEAN Book Publishers Association; Publishers Associations of the Philippines and Myanmar; Kota Buku Book City (Malaysia), and 14 publishers from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
The space titled  "Hanoi - 20 years of the City for Peace" focuses on displaying books and documents  to introduce the history and culture of Thang Long- Hanoi, Hanoi - the Heroic Capital - the City for Peace.
Moreover, the paintings themed “I Love Hanoi - The City for Peace” by foreign children are exhibited at the fair.
Under the framework of the event, seminars will be held with the participation of writers and researchers to introduce two books entitled “Tuyen Tap Tu Lieu Cong Ty Dong An Anh ve Ke Cho - Dang Ngoai (1672 - 1697) (Collection of British East India Company about Ke Cho - Tonkin  (1672 - 1697) and Tu Lieu Cong Ty Dong An Ha Lan ve Ke Cho - Dang Ngoai (1637 - 1700) (Collection of Dutch East India Company about Ke Cho - Tonkin (1637- 1700).
A series of exchanges and book introduction programs will take place during the five-day event with the participation of writers Chu Lai, Trung Sy and historian Duong Trung Quoc.
Especially, a program titled “Autumn Memories”  will be held to mark the 65th anniversary of the Capital’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954-2019).
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao addresses the event.
Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Hoang Vinh Bao pledged to create favorable conditions for Hanoi to organize book fairs.
The Ministry has always recognized and highly appreciated the success of the book fair, he noted, hoping that the event will be expanded its scale, contributing to developing reading culture. 
Bao also hoped that Hanoi and other localities nationwide will continue paying special attention to developing reading culture, and organizing more book fairs and book streets. 
The year’s event takes place from October 2-6 at Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre (No. 19 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi).
Some images at the opening ceremony:

By Tran Huong

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