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From 16 to 19 May 2024, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture organizes the 20th anniversary Thessaloniki International Book Fair (TIBF), which, as every year, will take place at the TIF-HELEXPO International Exhibition and Conference Centre, this year with Sharjah-UAE, one of the seven Emirates and the spiritual centre of the federal state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as the guest of honour.

TIBF is one of the most renowned cultural institutions in Greece and abroad, with internationally renowned guests. An institution that highlights books and reading, the book market and the interaction of books with the arts, sciences and entrepreneurship.

The central tribute of this year’s exhibition, “Man and Machine“, puts the challenge of Artificial Intelligence at the centre of the discussions. Further thematic axes touch on contemporary concerns, such as “Women in Books” or “Stories from the Balkans“, while there will be tributes to the writers Franz Kafka, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, and Giorgos Ioannou. The children’s and teenagers’ corner will again host a variety of events to promote literacy, while the Dialogos Rights Centre and the highly successful international fellowship programme for book professionals will operate for the second year. In addition, there are various partnerships with European and international institutions that will be present at the event.

TIBF will also host the 10th Festival of Young Writers, the 8th Translation Festival, the 2nd Young Book Designers Award, the 2nd Meeting of Reading Clubs, as well as presentations of new publications, discussions, workshops, lectures, round tables, screenings, visual and theatrical events, parallel cultural activities in the city and in wider Macedonia.