The Jakarta Post
Some 300 Indonesian books caught the attention of visitors to the London Book Fair held from April 10-12. (Tempo.co/-)
Some 300 Indonesian books were presented in the London Book Fair (LBF), held on April 10-12 in Olympia London, reports tempo.co.
Over the last few years the books have enjoyed substantial growth in the sale of rights to many countries in the world. The themes of the books range from fashion and design to Islam and politics.
According to a statement released by the LBF, it will partner with Indonesia for the market focus program in next year’s fair.
Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma and vice chairman of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Ricky Pesik represented Indonesia as next year’s market focus country at the handover ceremony on April 12. (www.londonbookfair.co.uk/-)
Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma and vice chairman of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Ricky Pesik represented Indonesia as next year’s market focus country at the handover ceremony on April 12.
The ceremony saw representatives of the 2018 market focus countries, namely the Baltic countries, handing over their position to Indonesia.
“We are proud to be the market focus country for next year, following the Baltic countries. This is a great chance to present Indonesia to the international community,” said Rizal Sukma.
He went on to say that the market focus program would be an opportune moment for Indonesians to tell their stories.
“We believe that literature is an important part of shaping public policy, along with art and culture.”
For next year’s market focus program, the LBF will work with Bekraf and the National Book Committee of the Education and Culture Ministry.
They will build an extensive cultural and professional publishing program, including promotion of Indonesian publishing incentives.
Indonesia’s slogan for next year’s fair is “17,000 Islands of Imagination”, to promote the archipelago as a diverse and multi-religious nation. (mut)