The 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will take place from Feb. 11 to 16 at Exhibition Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Center. The Ministry of Culture calls on readers throughout the country to enjoy the great fun of picking up new books and meeting established authors. The exhibition will also offer free admission to youngsters under the age of 18.
Now entering its 23rd year, the TIBE has not only become the go-to platform for Europe-Asia copyright and publishing exchanges, it has also received acclaim as the book fair with the most cultural charm in Asia. To encourage youngsters to read, the 2015 TIBE will be open to children under the age of 18 for free; students over 18 years old can also enjoy a 50% discount on their tickets if they bring their student ID. The Ministry of Culture welcomes parents to bring their children to the exhibition and enjoy the beautiful experience of reading books together.
This year's theme country New Zealand has organized a delegation of over 70 people, including 22 writers, 17 publishing house representatives, Maori dancers and sculptors, and the mayor of Wellington City. They will organize more than 30 reading activities and performances for exhibition goers to share New Zealand's cultural highlights.
TIBE organizers have also partnered with the Council of Indigenous Peoples to set up the "Taiwanese Aboriginal Literature Pavilion” in the hope that Taiwanese and Maori writers can share their Austronesian roots with readers and promote their unique literary techniques and philosophic ideas during the 6-day fair.
The "Taiwanese Publishing Pavilion” also warrants a mention. This year the organizers have chosen the theme of "Words without Boundaries - Physical and Audio Incarnations of Taiwanese Literature” for the Taiwanese poetry and fiction sections. The fusion of text with audiovisual materials will help to reflect the diverse styles and issues found in Taiwanese modern literature.
At a time when most people own smartphones and information is transferred instantaneously, the Ministry of Culture invites everyone to temporarily slow down their pace of life, visit the book fair with a pleasant disposition, and order a cup of coffee to enjoy the good time of reading and rediscover the deeper joys of living.