A relocated, diversified and highly visited 27th edition

Held in Casablanca for 26 years, the International Publishing and Book Fair (Siel) has been relocated, for its 27 edition and the first time in its history to Rabat, to the Esplanade OLM Souissi. This year, the organization of the fair, which lasts from June 3 to 12, in the capital of the Kingdom, cost an additional 8 million dirhams (MDH), brought by the Council of the region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, come s add to the 12 MDH granted by the supervising ministry.

Photo: Mounir Mehimdate

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 27th edition of SIEL sees the participation of 19 countries through their publishing houses. And it is African literature that is honored this year, after having been able to demonstrate “ its ability to excel in this field, winning several international prizes as well as distinguishing itself within universities and international study and research centers “.

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On this occasion, several officials and ministers from Africa, Europe and the Middle East came to visit SIEL, thus welcoming the cultural dynamics and the promotion of the values ​​of peace and tolerance on the African continent initiated by the Kingdom , like the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Communication, Abdoulaye Diop, who did not fail to note the important role played by African publishers and writers, through their individual and collective action, to create a collective symbiosis on the continent.

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On the main square of the OLM Souissi, the International Publishing and Book Fair opened its doors to the general public on Friday 3 June. A large number of visitors flocked to this 27th edition according to the Ministry of Culture.

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Indeed, during the first day of the Fair, a total of 6,970 visitors, including 1,814 children, were registered, while the second day (Saturday June 4) saw the presence of 17,977 visitors, including 5,753 children.

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To better welcome visitors, new counters have been set up and equipped with umbrellas to ensure comfort for visitors when buying their tickets, which cost 10 dirhams for adults and 5 dirhams for children, the same source said. noting that more wickets will be added this Sunday.

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Similarly, the use of free private buses made available to visitors every half hour has also seen a large influx, especially buses departing from the Rabat-Agdal station, the Faculty of Law Agdal (UN) and of Madinat Al-Irfane.

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It should be recalled that this 27th edition of SIEL is organized by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, Department of Culture, under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI.

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