Sixteenth Edition of International Book Fair of Venezuela Opens
“We are officially opening the 16th Edition of the International Book Fair of Venezuela (FILVEN) amid the pandemic (…) After sixteen fairs in 17 years, this is moving ahead,” said Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro.
This edition, themed “A Fair that Breaks Blockades,” pays tribute to Venezuelan professor, author and editor Earle Herrera.
According to Minister of People’s Power for Culture, Ernesto Villegas, the theme of this edition has a double meaning. “It unblocks individuals from ignorance and unblocks peoples from cultural asphyxiation attempts,” explained Villegas.
On this occasion, the guest of honor country is the United Mexican States, represented by the Culture Economic Fund, headed by writer Paco Ignacio Taibo and Mexico´s Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Mauricio Vizcaíno Crespo.
“To this Fair, the Fund contributed with dozens of its authors. Our books are available to Venezuelans (…) We have to make books circulate all around the continent, convey ideas, vocations, solidarity, reflections and joy,” said Taibo.
The opening ceremony of the 16th International Book Fair of Venezuela took place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Treaty on the Regulation of War, signed by Simón Bolívar and Spanish general Pablo Morillo.
Venezuela promotes culture of reading
On Monday, November 16, more than 80,000 books will be available to the Venezuela people, announced President Nicolás Maduro.
During the opening of the 16th International Book Fair of Venezuela, the Librerías del Sur Foundation and Mexico’s Culture Economic Fund opened a bookstore in Caracas as part of an agreement endorsed with Venezuela’s Culture Ministry after diplomatic relations with Mexico were resumed.