Jan 21, 2015
Singapore to be Guest of Honour Country at New Delhi World Book Fair 2015
As part of celebrating 50 years of close and cordial bilateral diplomatic relations, Singapore is the Guest of Honour Country at the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.
Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), this endeavour intends to raise the profile of Singapore in India, and to give recognition to the authors, illustrators, publishers and other key players involved in Singapore’s publishing industry. The delegation will arrive in Delhi in two waves: publishers on 11 February, and authors and illustrators on 13 February.
Ms Claire Chiang, NAC Board Member and Chairperson of National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is leading the fifty strong delegation comprised of authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, publishers, librarians, booksellers and arts administrators to represent Singapore at the New Delhi World Book Fair.
The New Delhi World Book Fair provides a great opportunity for Singapore publishers and authors to reach out to the Indian market and to test its potential, thereby positioning Singapore as a Hub for Asian Content. The Singapore delegates to the Fair will participate in forums, panel discussions, school visits, bookstore events and official functions organised by the National Book Trust (NBT), India and the High Commission of India in Singapore.
NBDCS is leading the delegation and will also manage the Singapore Pavilion at the Fair.
Singapore’s presence at the New Delhi World Book Fair signifies the first concerted attempt by local literary artists and publishers to make their presence felt in the region. This paves the way for publishers and writers to actively participate in other regional fairs, particularly in the Malaysia and Philippines Book Fairs, where there is a large English speaking population and a thriving publishing industry in the English language.
Started in 1972, the New Delhi World Book Fair is India’s oldest book fair and is currently a major calendar event in the publishing world. The Fair is organised by the National Book Trust, India, an apex body of the Government of India under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Each year, a country is invited to be the Guest Country of Honour. Last year, Poland was the Guest Country of Honour for New Delhi World Book Fair 2014.
For more information on NDWBF 2015, please visit: http://www.newdelhiworldbookfair.gov.in/