37th Singapore Book Fair returns at new venues
Singapore, 20 May 2022 - After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Singapore Book Fair (SBF) returns with a physical event this year. Organised by SPH Media Trust’s (SMT) Chinese Media Group (CMG), the 37th edition of the SBF will be held at two new locations, the National Library Building and Bras Basah Complex along Victoria Street - both iconic literary venues well-known to many book lovers.
Aptly themed “Re-Start”, the 9-day event from 4 to 12 June 2022 will feature 9 new book launches, 16 talks by local authors, 9 virtual sharing sessions by overseas authors, 9 adult workshops, as well as 5 workshops and 21 story-telling sessions for children.
Ms Loh Woon Yen, Group Managing Editor of SMT’s CMG, said: “With the significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Singapore, it is timely for us to resume the SIngapore Book Fair with a hybrid format including onsite book sales and programme, as well as online talks to connect with overseas authors, publishers and audiences. We are also restarting the book fair at the iconic National Library Building and Bras Basah Complex to create a natural ecosystem and convenient place for the public to browse, borrow and buy books, as well as participate in specially curated talks and workshops to rekindle the joy of reading.”
The partners for this year’s SBF are the National Library Board (NLB) and Bras Basah Complex Merchants’ Association.
Mr Gene Tan, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Partnership & Strategy Group of NLB said: “We are happy to work with partners such as SMT’s CMG who share our interest to promote reading, discovery, and lifelong learning among Singaporeans. Such partnerships are key to realising our LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) vision to build a vibrant Learning Marketplace. We have been supporting the Singapore Book Fair over the years, and we are excited to be a partner again. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the line-up of talks and workshops in our National Library Building.”
Ms Joyce Ong, Chairman of the Bras Basah Complex Merchants’ Association, said: “This will be the first time the two neigbouring buildings are coming together under the umbrella of one event, the Singapore Book Fair 2022. We would like to thank SMT’s CMG for facilitating this partnership. Bras Basah Complex was known as the City of Books previously, and it has since evolved to encompass art galleries, pottery shops, printing services, music instruments and many more culturally related businesses. We hope the event can help to bring the crowd back to Bras Basah and refamiliarise themselves with what it has to offer.”
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