The 30th edition of the Havana International Book Fair, scheduled to be held from February 10 to 20, was postponed to April, the Cuban Ministry of Culture announced.
At the proposal of the Cuban Book Institute, the institution also decided to postpone the Fair’s schedule in the country’s different provinces.
According to a press release, the measure responds to the epidemiological situation faced by the region, where most of the visitors to this cultural event come from every year.
The decision also took into account that this important event is the most popular among those organized by Cuba’s cultural institutions.
The Cuban Book Institute will soon announce the details related to the organization and development of the Fair’s new calendar.
The 30th edition of the Havana International Book Fair will have Mexico as guest of honor and will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Carilda Oliver Labra and Jesús Orta Ruiz (the Naborí Indian).
It will also be dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the publication of the poem Ismaelillo, by Jose Marti, and the novel Cecilia Valdes or La Loma del Angel, by Cirilo Villaverde.
The Havana International Book Fair is also known as the International Book Fair of Cuba, because since 2002 this cultural event covers all the provinces of the country.
The Fair has been held since 1982, always between February and March. Its permanent venue is the imposing La Cabaña building in Havana.
Each edition of the Fair is dedicated to one or several Cuban writers and to a different country.
In recent years, due to the economic crisis, the production and printing of books in Cuba has decreased and the Book Fair offers readers fewer novelties and smaller print runs.