International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) which started in 1975 is the most awaited event of Eastern India. The International Kolkata Book Fair 2016’s announcement took place at the Palladian Lounge in the august presence of Shri Ashok Narayan Barman, President of Publishers & Booksellers Guild, Shri Sudhangshu Dey, Director, Publishers & Booksellers Guild and Shri Tridib Kr. Chatterjee, Honorary General Secretary, Publishers & Booksellers Guild and other eminent guests and dignitaries. The guild members announced Plurinational State of Bolivia as the Focal Theme Country for the upcoming book fair and unveiled the logo for the same.
International Kolkata Book Fair 2016 will kick start from 27 January till 7 February, 2016 and the inauguration will take place on 25th January 2016 at Milan Mela in the presence of Honorable Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee. The objective of the 40th IKBF is to re-establish a connection with the children by encouraging student participation in a wide range of activities initiated to revive the splendor and glory of the festival.
International Kolkata Book Fair 2016 has Bolivia as the focal theme country which also signifies 50 years of immortal struggle by Che Guevera against Imperialism. 40th IKBF will also have a special appearance of Spain, celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relationship between India and Spain. Vietnam will participate as the special Guest of Honor country in the 12 day book festival, celebrating 40 years of Vietnam War.
Another important highlight of the book fair will be the 3rd Kolkata Literature Festival (KLF) from 4th – 6th February. It will be a combination of distinguished writers, directors, historians, authors, theatre personalities, sports personalities, celebrities, film personalities and poets. The last days will observe many engrossing sessions, panel discussions on literature, film, drama, music, dance, and many more.
The International Kolkata Book Fair 2016 will see the participation of new countries like Guatemela, Norway, and China. The festival days will see countries like UK, USA, France, Bangladesh, Japan, Peru, Latin American countries, Turkey, WHO, and Vietnam coming to this event.
Publishers from Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Gujarat, Nagaland, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerela, Telengana, Orissa will also be an integral part of the event.
The International Kolkata Book Fair 2016 will be open from 12.00 noon. to 8.00 p.m.