“A reader lives a thousand lives before they die. A person who never reads lives only one.” –George R.R. Martin
In a day and age where electronic devices are sometimes filling the landscape with noise, rather than information and knowledge, books still have a magical ability to take their readers on a journey, which is still impossible to do so with even the modern day advances in technology. This is why events like the Colombo International Book Fair (CIBF) have been successful in attracting bibliophiles from all over the country.
Since its inception in 1999, the CIBF has been the go-to event for lovers of stationery, school items, and knowledge junkies from all over the island and beyond. Organized by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association (SLBPA), has attracted large crowds every year, and has been a testament to the nature of Sri Lankans, who are always enthusiastic about expanding their knowledge and wisdom.
The exhibition has become the main social event in Sri Lankans’ calendar for Septembers. With abundant media coverage from traditional news sources such as television, radio, and print, the event has been successful in attracting crowds from all over the island.
This year, the CIBF has taken a step forward in enhancing the attendee experience as well, by encouraging visitors with the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) initiative. This has been done so to cut down on the waste generated with plastic bags at the event.
The event will take place from September 15-24th, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), located on Bauddhaloka Mawatha in Colombo 07. As with previous years, the CIBF is expected to garner large crowds and will represent an opportune moment for book publishers, stationery, school supply, and office supply distributors and manufacturers as well.
The CIBF is proof that despite the changing landscape of media and writing, that “print is still king” in Sri Lanka.