Somaliland: The 14th Hargeisa International Book Fair kicks off

Somalilandpost – The 14th edition of the Hargeisa International Book Fair has been inaugurated at Hargeisa Cultural Center on Saturday the 24th of July 2021 and will run for six days.

The 14th Hargeisa International Book Fair

A week of culture, books, poetry, art exhibition, and knowledge sharing with delegates from more than 30 countries begin today in Hargeisa with Ethiopia being the Special Guest of this year’s festival.

The Hargeisa International Book Fair is an annual cultural event in Hargeisa. The week-long event, which was first run in 2008, is now unarguably the biggest literary festival in the Horn of Africa with thousands attending.

This year, the festival which is themed as ‘Good neighborhood’ will run between 24th up to 29th July 2021.

This annual festival is run by Redsea Cultural Foundation.

The founder of the Hargeisa International Book Fair Dr. Jama Musse Jama officially welcoming the guests and delegates of this year.

“I would like to thank all our distinguished guests and to give special Thanks to the Vice president of Somaliland who always inaugurates the opening of the book fair,” said by Jama Muse Jama, CEO of Redsea Cultural Foundation.

One of the unique features of the festival is the Guest Country, Ethiopia, where more writers, poets, and other artists from that country making an appearance and exhibited their unique culture and history.

This year, the festival’s special Guest country, Ethiopia, has a special relation with Somaliland as it’s the biggest neighbor and trade partner with Somaliland.

The festival has in the last decade featured Special Guest countries from Djibouti (2012), the United Kingdom (2013), Malawi (2014), Nigeria (2015), Ghana (2016), South Africa (2017), Rwanda (2018), and Egypt in 2019 which was the last time the Festival was inaugurated as the 12 edition of Hargeisa International Book Fair.

The 13th Edition of the Festival was canceled in 2020 due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.