The 45th edition of Calcutta International Book Fair will begin on January 30, officials said on Tuesday, giving the green light to an annual event that did not take place in 2021 due to Covid-19.
Bangladesh will be the thematic country of the fair. The neighboring country has decided to celebrate the centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman, the father of the nation, and the golden jubilee of his independence.
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Russia was the thematic country for the 2020 edition of the fair, which was visited by almost 2 million people.
The 45th Kolkata Book Fair 2022 will be held in Central Park in Salt Lake, Kolkata on January 30 under strict COVID measures.
The mask will be mandatory for visitors and participants, officials said after a meeting at the Secretary of State with the organizers – the Publishers and Booksellers Guild.
The number of kiosks would remain the same but their size would be reduced, they said.
“There will be an opportunity for book lovers to view and buy books off the shelves to ensure social distancing,” an official said.
About 580 publishers and booksellers participate in the book fair. The book fair will continue until February 13.
The eighth Kolkata Literature Festival would also be held in Central Park next to the fair.