The Minister of Culture of Egypt, Nevine al Kilani, has inaugurated the “Second Opera Book Exhibition” events, organized by the Egyptian General Book Authority, headed by Dr Ahmed Bheddin, in the Egyptian Opera House Square. The exhibition has been opened as part of the celebrations of marking ten years since the June 30 revolution.
On her part, Minister Nevine al Kilani noted that the coming period will see a series of book fairs in Cairo and the governorates. “The opening of the “Second Opera Book Exhibition” comes as part of various ministry sectors’ celebrations of the June 30 Revolution, which preserved the identity of the homeland, upholding authentic Egyptian values, and was a victory for the battle of consciousness, said the Minister of Culture.
The meeting was attended by Hisham Azmi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Culture; Osama Talaat, President of the National Book and Document House; Waleed Qanoush, President of the Fine Arts Sector; Khaled Dager, President of the Egyptian Opera House, Amr Al-Basiony, Acting Chairman of the General Authority for Cultural Departments, Saeed Abdo, President of the Union of Egyptian Publishers, and a delegation of the coordination of youth parties and politicians.
The Minister of Culture indicated that the coming period would see a smooth launch of local exhibitions in a number of tribal and marine governorates to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge among citizens at discounted prices.
The minister confirm the continuation of the “Culture and Art for All” initiative, which aims to provide the ministry editions at discounted prices, ranging from £1 to £20, and gives a special discount to university students.
On his part, Ahmed Bheydin explained that the second phase of the exhibition, which lasts until July 19, complements the Cairo International Book Fair’s slogan in its 54th edition, “Together. Let’s read. Creative.
“We Think” is an edition of a distinctive nature, given its synchronization with the celebrations of the June 30 Revolution, in which it played a vital role in regaining identity and which we aspire to achieve through the various book exhibitions that we hold throughout the year, which emphasizes our victory in the battle of consciousness, and moving toward building the new republic.
The second edition of the “Second Opera Book Fair” is held on an area of 1000 meters; it is participated by 27 private publishing houses, alongside the sectors of the Ministry of Culture.
Among them, the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the Supreme Council for Culture, National Books and Documentaries, Cultural Development Fund, the Egyptian Opera House, the National Center for Theatre, Music and Folk Arts, and the Book Committee Nearly 1,200 titles of their releases across all the body chains also participated.