Sao Paulo, Aug 3 (IANS/WAM) With the attendance of diplomatic and cultural figures, authors and publishers, the 25th Sao Paulo International Book Fair began its 10-day celebration of books and literature, with Sharjah taking the centre stage as its first-ever guest of honour, reflecting the growing cultural ties between the UAE and Brazil.
On the sidelines of the opening ceremony on Thursday, the Sharjah pavilion, hosting a cultural programme for the fair's visitors, was launched amid the presence of top leaders and officials of Brazil and Sharjah.
Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, leading the Sharjah delegation in Sao Paulo, said: "We are proud to be here in Brazil, a country of acclaimed authors who have shaped global literature. Its vibrant and exciting literary history, which is preserved in novels, plays, poems and songs.
"It exemplifies a society where people share a unified cultural identity, which they use as a shield to face common challenges. The exceptional beauty and distinctive flavour of Brazilian and Latin literature never fail to mesmerise," he said.
Sheikh Fahim affirmed that the United Arab Emirates enjoyed close cultural relations with Brazil and was keen to strengthen their cultural ties, to build a better future together.
"This year's edition is the first to honour a city in the Middle East. Sharjah, our guest of honour, is the cultural capital of the UAE, and we look forward to experiencing the richness of its culture, through its music, dance and literature," said Brazilian Book Chamber President Luis Antonio Torelli.
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