Bogota int’l Book Fair Kicks off with S.Korea as Guest of Honor

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Bogota, Colombia – The 2022 Bogota International Book Fair (FILBO) has re-opened in Colombia’s capital with South Korea as the guest of honor.

South Korea was designated as the honorary guest of the event in celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the South American country.

FILBO is the second-largest event of its kind in South America, where an average of 600,000 people visit every year. The event returned in person for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 1,500 cultural events, the book fair features 500 national and foreign guests from 30 countries, according to Andres Sarmiento, Bogota Book Fair Director.

The director said that this is the 34th edition of the exhibition, which was attended by a South Korean delegation of more than 100 people who came to display their cultural, technological, educational, and literary books in a pavilion dedicated to the Asian country.

The two-week event, running through May 2, includes workshops, talks, and forums, according to Sarmiento.

Colombian writers expressed happiness to participate in the fair, which they said was an opportunity to meet new friends and read books by different authors.

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