HCM City Book Festival 2018 opens hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The 10th HCM City Book Festival, themed “Books – Culture, Integration and Development”, opened at the Le Van Tam Park in District 1 on March 19.

Delivering his opening remark, General Director of the Saigon Culture Company Truong Van Hien, head of the organising board, said this is a special festival featuring culture. It is not only a festival of book lovers but also an activity honouring reading culture.

Through the biennial festival, organisers hopes to promote the reading movement and the building of a learning society, contributing to improving people’s knowledge and nurturing talents in service of the nation’s industrialisation and modernization, he said.

This year’s event features 900 booths of nearly 180 participants, including 40 foreign publishers from the US, the UK, France and Singapore. The largest-ever volume of over 300,000 book titles are introduced to visitors, up 27 percent against 2016.

Visitors will also have a chance to meet and exchange with young singers and writers, and enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent.

The week-long event is expected to attract around 1 million visitors.-VNA