Iran Cultural Fairs Institute

Iran Cultural Fairs Institute was established in 1992 as non-governmental institute. The institute has been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to stage a number of cultural events, particularly the landmark annual Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), provincial book fair and cultural festivals at home and abroad during the past two decades. The ultimate goal in such project has been to promote and expand book reading.

A brief review of the institute’s record follows.

1- Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF)

Tehran International Book Fair is staged in Tehran early in May on an annual basis. The cultural event has turned into a landmark, momentous book fair in Middle East and Asia after 27 editions in a row.

Millions of visitors inspect the fair every year, including thousands of university students, scholars and their families. The event currently serves as the most significant cultural event in Iran.

2- Provincial book fairs

Provincial book fairs have been staged across the Islamic Republic as a major cultural event with a first such exhibition held in 1993. From the outset, Iran Cultural Fairs Institute took on the mission to stage the events across the country under the auspices of the IRI Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Some 265 editions of such fairs have already been held in total. The events are held on an annual basis in 30 provincial centers countrywide.

3- Participation in book fairs overseas

Iran Cultural Fairs Institute has been representing the landmark Tehran International Book Fair and the Iranian publication industry at several international book fairs in Frankfurt, Bologna, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, sharje, Istanbul, and Paris among others.

The institute has already joined over 50 book fairs overseas since 2006 and maintains a joint agreement for exchange of free-from-charge pavilions with authorities of many of these cultural events.

4- Publications in contemporary Persian literature

The institute has already published over 200 titles in the field of contemporary Persian fiction, literature and poetry. Some of these titles have been translated into foreign. The institute is ready for agreements with interested foreign publishers for the purpose of further translation of such Persian works into foreign.