Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) is the most diverse book fair in the region. Abu Dhabi is a driving force behind the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry and is committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business. Inaugurated 29 years ago by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Fair has gained a global reputation as a leading literary trade and cultural event in the region. Running from April 24 - 30, 2019, ADIBF aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.
Each year, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair selects a key personality, based on whom a part of the parallel cultural programme revolves. This is a unique approach that recognizes influential Arabic and international figures wielding a powerful imprint on culture and human development.
This year, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has selected the late Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi (also known as ‘Fatat Al Arab’) as its ‘Focused Personality of the Fair’, in recognition of her major impact on the UAE’s legacy of Nabati poetry.
India is the Guest of Honour for the 29th edition of ADIBF. India’s participation at the Fair is expected to attract significant visitor numbers, with various events and activities held throughout the entire duration of ADIBF. These activities will embrace the fields of literature, culture, art, music, cinema, and dance. India’s participation will also provide a chance for investors to explore and capitalize on the opportunities offered by the Indian groups and publishers that are present in the GCC. The Indian Pavilion will also host Indian writers, authors and literary scholars who will serve as ambassadors for the literature and art of their country.
ADIBF 2019 is expected to be a vibrant cultural event and an art and folklore festival with India’s presence showcasing its languages, creative products, and publishing industry.
There are some Indian Special Events at ADIBF 2019:
Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom - Khooni Vaisakhi By Navdeep Suri
This session will be a discussion between HE Navdeep Suri and eminent UAE-based journalist Bikram Vohra on Mr. Suri’s latest book Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom. The book is based on the poem Khooni Vaisakhi, written in the Punjabi language by author’s grandfather, Mr. Nanak Singh. Singh was an eminent writer considered to be the father of Punjabi literature. The poem, translated into English for the first time by Suri, is probably the only survivor’s account of the worst atrocity under British Raj – the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place in Amritsar in April 1919. Suri will discuss how this event changed the course of India’s struggle for freedom, providing context for the incident and detailing how people of various faiths came together to stand up to colonization and oppression in one of India’s darkest moments.
My Little India By Author Manoj Das
Manoj Das is one of the most respected names in contemporary Indian literature, having written short stories and novels for both children and adults in English as well as in Odia, his mother tongue. His writings on Indian philosophy, mysticism and spiritualism have been published widely in India and abroad during the last six decades of his writing career. The session will be a discussion between the author and Mr. S Gopalakrishnan, the UAE-based Malayalam writer and journalist, on Indian values in the changing milieu.
Exploring the Life of the Mahatma Speaker by Birad Rajaram Yajnik
Author Birad Yajnik will discuss the ideals of Peace, Truth, and Ahimsa (Non-Violence) espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, which are examined in his book Exploring the Life of the Mahatma. The session will explore Mahatma Gandhi and his values using milestones from his life as catalysts. Weaving a journey through the life and messages of the Mahatma, the talk will cover the major incidents which influenced his philosophy, his political awakening and his concept of Ahimsa, aiming to inspire and empower the audience to influence their future.
Harpreet is a versatile artist, who sings original musical compositions in Hindi.
Open daily from April 24- 30, 2019 from 9:00am to 10:00pm/ Friday 4:00pm – 10:00pm.