This year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will honour the Arabic-Islamic philosopher Ibn Rushd as ‘Personality of the Year’. There will be a dedicated pavilion that will showcase his life and legacy at the festival which will take place from 27 April to 3 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Cultural programmes that will discuss his influential works are also ion the cards.
Italy will also be honoured as the fair’s guest of honour, celebrated through cultural programmes as well as events and activities for children. Italy will also feature in the Cooking Corner and the Artists Corner, focusing on the cultural dialogue between Emiratis and Italians.
Italy is organising a series of talks with prominent authors, poets and academics to highlight its literature. The topics include: ‘Storytelling and history writing’ by Valerio Massimo Manfredi; ‘From Paper to the Screen: The Importance of Character’ by Antonio Mancini; ‘The Italy of Tomorrow: fantasy, illustrations and novels for young people’ discussed by Beatrice Masini and Lishiah Troysa; ‘Saints, Navigators… and poets? Italian poetry in the third millennium’ with Valerio Magrelli; ‘Based on true stories: When history inspires novels’ with Louis Garneray and ‘On the doorstep of a New Renaissance: Reference books on the future of the art’ with Melania Mazzucco and Vincenzo Trione.
Italian publishers will have a dedicated pavilion displaying important literary and scientific publications.