Mr Blazio Tafireyi, Chair, Executive Board, Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association

Mr Blazio Tafireyi, Chair, Executive Board, Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2017 will be hosted in Harare from August 2-5. This year the theme of the festival is “Making the Book Pay!”

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair was held for the first time in 1983 in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The festival was one of the leading books fairs on the continent hosting everyone in the African literary universe and further afield. This was until 1995 when President Robert Mugabe expressed an attack on the homosexuals at the fair and it was never the same again. Its light was taken over when the Open Book Fair was opened in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006.

In spite of losing its initial sheen, the show goes on with many visiting the Harare Gardens the spiritual home of the festival. We here at JamesMurua.com attended the festival last year and were struck at how they were still able to run a festival in a country with a huge economic crisis at the time. The festival that year was themed “Igniting Interest in Reading for Sustainable Development.”

The festival organisers led by the chair of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association executive board Mr Blazio Tafireyi have made a call out for those who wish to attend either as guests or exhibitors. The Book Fair will be held at Harare Gardens from 2 August to 5 August 2017 from 1000 hours to 1700 hours. Please note that 2 August 2017 will be open to traders only and then 3 August to 5 August 2017 will be open to all ( thus the general public, students, etc).

The will also be the ZIBFA Indaba, an annual Conference which is the major forum for debating critical issues to the book industry in Africa. It is also a unique national platform for networking and collaboration among stakeholders. The Indaba will be held on 31 July and 1 August 2017 at Monomotapa Hotel – Harare from 0815 to 1700 hours.

If you want to know more about either exhibiting or attending as a delegate, then I suggest that you visit the official festival website here.