Kolkata Book Fair 2024: Book lovers’ annual journey, Boimela, is set to begin. On January 18, 2021, at the permanent Boi Mela Prangan location in Salt Lake, state minister Mamata Banerjee will open the 47th International Kolkata Book Fair, which has the United Kingdom as its theme country. Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the event’s organizer, indicated they anticipated around 1,000 exhibitors this year—10% higher than the 950 stalls from the previous year.
Guild president Tridib Chatterjee announced that the expo would include more than 1,000 stalls for the first time ever. The fair was scheduled to run through January 31. Now it is scheduled from Thu, 18 Jan 2024 to Wed, 31 Jan 2024. The book fair dates were pushed ahead by a few days. According to Guild honorary general secretary Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey, they didn’t want students to miss them because central and state board examinations were scheduled to begin in the first week of February.
About 26 lakh people visited the store last year, and book sales brought in a total of Rs 25 crore. This time around, a number of new publishers have applied to attend the exhibition. We are attempting to accommodate the newcomers, given that the venue’s size will not alter,” Chatterjee stated. According to a source, stall sizes may be lowered to make room for more participants.
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Germany will be back to the show after a 12-year absence, along with other nations. Including the US, France, Italy, Spain, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Peru. There will be the customary state-by-state publisher’s stand as well as Little Magazine and children’s book pavilions. Shortly after arriving in Kolkata, British Deputy High Commissioner to East and Northeast India Andrew Fleming expressed his immense excitement at revealing the UK as the theme nation for the book fair’s 2024 edition.
“This is a great chance to deepen further our understanding and appreciation of one another’s cultures. Especially given our shared deep appreciation of the arts.” We intend to deepen the relationships between our countries and enable people from all walks of life to engage and express their perspectives, eventually strengthening the ties between the UK and India, Fleming added. A number of UK speakers and cultural displays are scheduled for the event. Director of the British Council for East and Northeast India, Debanjan Chakrabarti. Stated that this gave them a fantastic chance to highlight the UK’s rich cultural and educational legacy and fortify ties with India. “We embrace the challenge of delivering the most amazing international book fair in Kolkata in collaboration with the Guild.” He declared.