The 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair, which is the biggest in Turkey, has opened its doors to visitors Saturday with a ceremony held together with officials from this year’s Guest of Honor, Hungary.
The organizers of the event said that motto of this year's fair is “From One Garden to the other” and events will focus on promoting Hungarian culture to Turkish visitors. Leading writers of Hungary such as Péter Esterházy, László Darvas, Dóra Csányi, Katalin Szegedi, Péter Zilahy, Tóth Krisztina, Spiró György, Mihály Hoppál, Timur Davletov, Fodor Pál, Dávid Géza and Zsofia Mautner will be the guests of the Istanbul Book Fair in 2014.
The Hungarian pavilion was opened on Saturday by the Hungarian Minister of Human Resources of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Zoltán Balog.
The Hungarian music group Cimbaliband performed a show voicing Central and Eastern European tunes.
Speaking at the ceremony, Zoltan Balog said that the translation of books between Turkish and Hungarian and book fairs connect the two cultures.
"Many of you might not have chance to go to Hungary but the Hungarian books that visitors buy will be an invitation to our country. They will see centuries-old friendship between Turkey and Hungary,” he added.
During the 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair visitors will have the chance to meet with over 850 publishers from all over the world, plus will have the opportunity to join panels, seminars and workshops among a total of 270 activities.
Moreover, this year’s honorary writer of the fair, Atilla Dorsay, said that "being the honorary writer is very important for me not only because it is the 100th year of the Turkish cinema but Turkey made huge progress this year in many areas like cinema, literature and music."
The TUYAP Fair in Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü district will run with the theme of ‘100 years of Turkish cinema’ in celebration of the centennial of Turkish cinema industry.
The fair can be visited between 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. every day until November 16.
As in previous years, the fair will be free for students and teachers, while the entrance for other visitors will be 5 Turkish Lira.