Singapore, 21 May 2012 – The Singapore Book Fair 2012 （新加坡书展）will kick off on 25 May at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Exhibition Hall 402 - 404. The event is opened from 11am to 10pm daily and admission is free.
About 100 exhibiting companies from 10 countries across Asia will showcase over 100,000 books, as well as teachers’ resource and supplementary materials, educational products, periodicals, enrichment programmes and software.
To foster the reading habit and inculcate the importance of education amongst the young, the organisers with the support of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple have issued S$50,000 book vouchers to 1,250 children from low-income families through four self-help groups: the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Mendaki, Sinda and the Singapore Eurasian Association. Each child will receive S$40 worth of book vouchers to purchase books and educational resources.
Over 200,000 visitors are expected at the fair to browse and buy, and participate in the host of events, including book launches, meet-the-author sessions, educational talks and national schools competitions.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, will officiate at this year's opening. He will also present the Inspiring Chinese Language Teachers Award （全国模范华文教师奖） to the 22 winners. (For details on the award, please refer to Annex A).
The Singapore Book Fair is jointly organised by Singapore Press Holdings Chinese Newspapers Division (新加坡报业控股华文报集团) and Marshall Cavendish Business Information Pte Ltd (名创商业资讯私人有限公司), and supported by the Singapore Ministry of Education（新加坡教育部）, National Library Board（国家图书馆管理局）, ASEAN Book Publishers Association（亚细安图书出版协会）, Singapore Book Publishers Association（新加坡出版商协会）, National Book Development Council of Singapore（全国书籍发展理事会）, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, My Paper, zbComma and Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre（新达新加坡国际会议与展览中心）.
Wide Selection of Books, Magazines and Educational Materials
There will be a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles in both English and Chinese for children and adults, as well as teachers’ resource materials, magazines and supplementary books not commonly found in bookshops. Also available are a swathe of innovative products and interactive games to help children develop their mental and social skills through play.
For the first time, the Singapore Book Fair will have a Digital Pavilion, which will showcase an exciting array of products, including e-books, e-readers, e-learning programmes, edutainment and entertainment products. At this dedicated site for ‘e’, you can find many useful resources that will advance learning in this digital age.
You can find learning services for both children and adults. Established language centres such as Hua Language Centre, Han Language Centre and Eduplus Language Centre offer enrichment programme on languages, while Camford International College and Singapore Institute of Management offer services for adult education and professional development.
Well known authors will make special appearance at the book fair and autograph new books. Among them are homegrown children books’ author/illustrator and accomplished artiste Edmund Chen (陈之财), who will launch his new book “Maskee Bear”, and popular Taiwanese writer Yu Wo (御我). Ms Yu Wo, who is best known for her light novels, will share with the audience her own experiences and journey to being a nationwide best-selling novelist.
Historical Development of Singapore Chinese Literature (新华文学发展历程展)
Jointly organised by the Singapore Literature Society (新加坡文艺协会) and the National Library Board, this 90-square metre exhibit will provide a rare insight into the development of Chinese Literature in Singapore over the last century. On display will be local literary works that spanned across the different historical periods - pre-independence, pre-war, post-war and post-independence. As this is one the few occasions that these rare publications are put on public display, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
In conjunction with the Singapore Book Fair, there will be:
Food Revolution 2012
Food Revolution 2011 will showcase the change and modifications in the food industry and show a creative side of food that most of us have never seen before. During the five day show, May 25 to 29, visitors can check out exhibitors not commonly found at food shows and attend cooking demonstrations and workshops on nutritional cooking and wine appreciation. For more information, check out http://www.foodrevolution.sg
Diving & Resort Travel Expo (The DRT Show)
The DRT Show will feature over 150 top tiered exhibitors from over 20 countries and regions showcasing their latest dive and water sport equipment. The inaugural show will dedicate a large part of the agenda to marine conservation with world class experts from diving and marine conservationists sharing their insights on water sport and marine conversation in Southeast Asia. For more information, check out http://www.asiaresortexpo.com/
For every S$20 spent at the Fair during the first two hours of the opening day (25 May), a goodie bag is redeemable. 100 bags will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please check into the Singapore Book Fair website at www.bookfair.com.sg
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