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2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition to Tribute Maori Culture


The 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE), organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, will take place at TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 and 3 from February 11 to 16. This year, TIBE will feature New Zealand as the Guest Country of Honor under the theme “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Books”. Special guests will include 2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, blockbuster movie special effect production teams of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, and a Maori performing arts group from New Zealand -- all to demonstrate New Zealand’s unique cultural charms as well as rich and diversified publications.

World Architecture News Award winner Andrew Patterson, who drew his inspiration from a “tokotoko”, a Maori traditional walking stick, designed the New Zealand theme pavilion. It is a tribute to literature, as the pavilion is constructed mainly out of paper, one of the most essential and important building blocks in literature and publications.

In addition, the exhibition will feature 22 authors from New Zealand, the largest group ever, including 10 internationally famous writers, 7 Maori writers, 2 illustrators, and 3 graphic novelists. Moreover, fascinating traditional Maori dances will be performed during the book fair. Plus, as sculpture is another essential part of Maori culture, the Guest of Honor pavilion will also feature a Maori sculpture master who will perform wood carving on site during the fair.

TIBE 2015 is using both TWTC Halls 1 & 3 and is categorized into the following sections: International Publishers, General Books, Digital Publishing, Comics & Animation, Children's Books, and Stationery. As always, theme pavilions will prove to be eye-catching stops and this year's are: the Guest of Honor country New Zealand Pavilion, Taiwan Publications, Book Prizes Winners, and Children’s Books Pavilion. More than 500 activities, including book launches and signings have been scheduled to satisfy every visitor’s desire for all types of literature.

With the aim of promoting reading among the younger generations, TIBE 2015 will be the first of all Asian book fairs to admit visitors under 18 free of charge; it is anticipated that around three million students aged 7-18 in Taiwan will take advantage of this benefit. In addition, students aged 18 and above will be eligible for 50 percent off the admission fee with valid forms of identification. As reading patterns grow more diversified, this preferential treatment for Taiwan’s youngsters will give them easier access to broader views and cultural education, while adding more characteristics and influence to the fair.

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Sources: TIBE 2015 Official Website and Internet News


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