The mass protests that have been sweeping the country since 17th October 2019 have caused a huge change in the agenda of many events and occasions that were previously scheduled to take place in the past and upcoming months; one of these events is the 63rd edition of the Beirut Arab International Book Fair (Maarad Alkitab).
A few days ago, the Arab Cultural Club and the Syndicate of Publishers Union in Lebanon announced the postponing of the date of the 63rd Beirut Arab International Book Fair (Maarad Alkitab), which was scheduled for the end of this month.
They explained in a statement that due to the current circumstances in Lebanon, and in the interest of holding the exhibition and its success, it was decided to postpone the date of the exhibition to the 28th of February until the10th of March of 2020.
This Beirut International Arab Book Fair is an annual exhibition supervised by the Arab Cultural Club in cooperation with Syndicate of Publishers Union in Lebanon. The exhibition runs for over 12 days, from the end of October until mid-December of each year, in the city of Beirut.
Historically, the first Arab book fair in the Arab East began to meet with the audience in the West Hall of the American University in Beirut, on Monday, April 23, 1956, and lasted three days.
The results achieved by this first exhibitor motivated the members of the club to move forward in the establishment of this exhibition annually and permanently, to become one of the pillars and milestones of literature and culture in the region.
Accordingly, a specialized committee was formed from the members of the Arab Cultural Club to establish it in order to familiarize visitors to Arab publications in the various branches of knowledge.
The Beirut International Arab Book Fair is the most prestigious opponent of Arabic books; being the first book fair in the Arab region. It aims at promoting culture and raising public cultural affairs in Beirut, Lebanon, and the Arab world.