Art And Culture

Persian Book Week in Vienna

Persian Book Week in ViennaPersian Book Week in Vienna

Austria is hosting the Persian Book Week in the follow up to the 15th edition of the Vienna International Book Fair that concluded recently.

Various cultural programs have been planned for the week-long event, said Muhammad Reza Vasfi, Iran’s cultural attaché to Austria, Mehr News Agency reported.

‘Modern Iranian Architecture,’ authored by Muhammad Reza Mostafa-Qanei, will be unveiled at the Vienna University of Technology.

Furthermore, an independent book exhibition will be launched at Avicenna Hall in the Austrian capital, showcasing over 500 titles on Persian art and literature both in German and Persian. “Nearly 100 German versions of Qur’anic stories about the holy prophet, authored by Moslem Qasemi, will be distributed among Vienna’s public libraries.”

Additionally, a thousand copies of ‘Bagh’ series, specified for Persian-speaking children will be showcased, Vasfi said. “Astronomy books will be discussed at scientific conferences.”

Vienna is hosting the Persian Book Week for the third consecutive year following the prestigious book fair held from November 13-15.

  Kuwait Fair

Iran is represented at the ongoing 40th Kuwait International Book Fair by ‘Alhoda’ and two other publishing houses.

Alhoda is presenting 181 titles on art along with calligraphy manuscripts and miniature works by celebrated Iranian artists. Multi-lingual poetry books by ancient Persian poets Khayyam and Hafiz are displayed in addition to cultural works on tourism and photography.

This year’s edition of the book fair is hosting a total of 508 publishing houses from 16 Arab and other countries, including Japan, England and America. More than 10,000 books are on display.

The opening ceremony Thursday was attended by Iranian minister of culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, who headed a cultural delegation to the event, and cultural attaché to Kuwait, Alireza Enayati.

Kuwaiti Information Minister Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem al-Humoud al-Sabah, foreign ambassadors to Kuwait and other dignitaries were present.

Sheikh Salman thanked the organizers for their effort and welcomed exhibitors from friendly countries for their participation, especially Iran.

A string of cultural programs, literary forums, poetry recitals and discussions will also be held, along with a fine art show and a photo expo. The event will wrap up on November 28.