The event, themed “Books – Knowledge and Social Development”, is jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. 

Hanoi readers at a book festival held in Thang Long imperial citadel. Photo: Huu Duong

Director of the library Kieu Thuy Nga said the book festival aims to reiterate the value, role and importance of books in the society. It also honors those who collect, compile, publish, print and distribute books, and encourages book reading in the community. 

Through the event, organizers wish to raise the responsibility of relevant bodies, social organizations and the whole community for building and developing the reading culture in Vietnam, Nga added. 

The festival features numerous activities, including an exhibition introducing materials on the essence of human knowledge, cultures and civilizations around the world, and the nation’s achievements in socio-economy, science-technology, education, health care, security and defense. 

A book fair offering a wide range of books and discounts is taking place until April 23 as part of the festival. 

Visitors to the event will have a chance to exchange with renowned speakers such as historian Duong Trung Quoc, Secretary General of the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences, and Vice President of the Vietnam Publishers Association Nguyen Kiem. 

In addition, contest to tell stories in English, identify outstanding authors and books, and draw pictures will be also organized. 

The festival also raises fund and collects books for libraries in remote areas.

Source: VNA