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Kolkata Book fair back after Covid hiatus, to be held from Jan 31-Feb 13: Guild

Only those possessing double vaccination certificates and wearing masks covering their noses will be allowed to enter the venue

By: PTI | Kolkata |
Updated: November 13, 2021 5:09:04 am
Kolkata book fair, Kolkata book fair 2021, Kolkata book fair dates, Kolkata book fair covid-19 pandemic, Kolkata book fair theme, Kolkata book fair authors, Kolkata book fair 2022From left to right: Sribindu Bhattacharya, Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey, Tridib Kr Chatterjee, Raju Barman, Yogesh Tanna. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

The 45th International Kolkata Book Fair will be held from January 31, 2022, to February 13, the Publishers and Book Sellers Guild that organises the event announced on Friday at a press conference. The organisers said the eighth Kolkata Literature Festival would also be held at Salt Lake’s Central Park alongside the fair. The book fair was not organised this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guild said the focal theme country at the 2022 fair will be Bangladesh. The birth centenary of the neighbouring country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee year of Bangladesh’s independence will be celebrated. The 125 birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the birth centenary of film-maker Satyajit Ray and the 75th year of Indian Independence will also be celebrated.

Kolkata Book Fair, Kolkata Book Fair 2021, Kolkata Book Fair dates People at Kolkata Book Fair on February 11, 2018. (Express photo by Partha Paul/File)

The guild said Covid-19 safety protocols would be in place at the venue and stalls would be kept open as far as possible. The organisers are also planning to reduce the size of the stalls. Double vaccination is likely to be mandatory for visitors, and a “no mask no visit” policy will also be in place.

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