Abu Dhabi International Book fair

Abu Dhabi's premier literature festival is back at ADNEC Discuss this article

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Bookworms will be ecstatic to hear that the region’s premier literature festival, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, is back in the capital this week. The event is a must-visit for culture vultures keen to get their noses into some new reading material.

In keeping with tradition, literature from one country is spotlighted at the festival every year. This year, Iceland is the Fair’s ‘Guest of Honour’, with authors including Jon Kalman Stefansson and Ragnar Jonsson expected to be in attendance. Talks and lectures discussing Icelandic poetry, history and culture will take place during the fair, as will children’s book readings.

Another exciting element we’re pleased to see back is Black Box Cinema, which made its debut at the Fair this time last year. The project, which is the work of Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al Janahi, underlines the importance of motion pictures in Middle Eastern culture. The theatre will show 14 short films made in countries including the UAE, Morocco, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia.

Other elements of the fair include an eZone which looks at the technology that is changing the face of publishing, a global show kitchen serving up cuisine from around the world, a creativity corner intent on teaching six-12-year-olds a smarter way of learning, and an illustrators corner, which will see international illustrators and cartoonists show off their art.
Free. May 7-13 9am-10pm (Fri 4pm-10pm). ADNEC. For more information, visit www.adbookfair.com.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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