The first book exhibition has been launched in Sulaymaniyah since the city was given the title of a "creative city" by UNESCO.
The cultural scene in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been growing, especially since its designation as a “creative city” by UNESCO around a month ago. Publishing houses from across Iraq and other countries were invited to the book exhibition held in Sulaymaniyah where they presented their books.
“We know that readers in Iraq seek all kinds of books and they are always looking for culture and an added value in publications. We are pleased that our publications are available in Iraq, especially in Sulaymaniyah. We were so excited to come to this exhibition and I am very happy with the wonderful attendance, there are very good people here”, commented Nidal Safi, a member of the Lebanese publishing house called “Matbouat” [Press].
The presence of publishers from across the Middle East and North Africa gave the book exhibition a multicultural flavour, exposing local readers to literature from other parts of the region.
“We are trying to build a bridge of communication between all minorities in different languages and countries. We note the presence of Moroccans, Algerians, Libyans, and Egyptians, which allows communication between people coming here and people living in Sulaymaniyah”, noted the owner of the Iraq publishing house called “Al-Talim” [Education].
Indeed, publishers from other countries have attended the event to present their books to local readers:
“We offer the Kurdish reader a variety of Arabic books. There are children’s books, novels, human development books, and other topics related to education. We expect that there will be a great interest in the exhibition” said Abd al-Fattah al-Rifa’i, the owner of the Egyptian publishing house “Al-Ra’i” [Opinion].
Other multinational events have been flourishing in the city of Sulaymaniyah. Recently, for instance, musicians and artists from 8 different countries participated in the Peace Festival in Sulaymaniyah to showcase their culture, music, dances, poetry and local folklore as a means of celebrating the cultures of different communities in the region.