India will be invited as the focal country at the Madrid International Book Fair in 2025, the Ambassador of Spain to India, Jose Maria Ridao said. Spain is the theme country at the 46th International Kolkata Book Fair. The Madrid International Book Fair is an annual event held in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid.
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“We are inviting India as the theme country at the Madrid International Book Fair in 2025. It is usually for publishers only. But, we can expand the horizon, to include cinema and music as well,” Jose Maria Ridao told.
He said as part of the cultural exchange between the two countries, Spain has donated books to five universities in Bengal, where the Spanish language is taught. Works of Spanish authors are also being published by leading Indian publishing houses, Ridao said.
About The Madrid International Book Fair:
The Fair began in 1933. It ceased for a few years because of the Spanish Civil War. The Madrid Book Fair is international in scope. Although it features mainly books from Spanish-speaking countries, the event promotes the literature of a guest country, which may speak another language. In 2018 the guest country was Romania; in 2019 it was the Dominican Republic. The event scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.