The National Book Council (NBC) is pleased to announce that a record 38 exhibitors are participating in this edition of the Malta Book Festival, many of whom are also organising an array of book-related activities. Among them are book launches, presentations of special interest books, readings and activities targeted to all ages.
This year the Festival will be held at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC), Ta’ Qali. Moving to Malta’s largest international conference and exhibition venue was an informed decision made at a time when organising public events poses challenges because of the restrictions that may be in place in the fall. Additionally, the decision responds to logistical concerns raised in previous years by stakeholders and visitors to the Festival. The MFCC will offer greater organisational flexibility for our growing national event and bigger open spaces, and it ensures that visiting patrons as well as exhibitors have the peace of mind of parking stress-free and visiting the stands safely. With over 8,000 square metres of indoor available space, stands will be allocated a larger space and footage, all corridors will be wider, full accessibility ensured. The activity areas are more spacious and separate from the bookshops area.
The list of exhibitors participating in the 2021 Malta Book Festival is comprised of local and international publishers, booksellers, student organisations, NGOs and public agencies with ties to the book industry. New to this edition, also self-published authors will be able to promote and sell their books at a predesignated area during the Festival.
The festival programme is packed with events catering for a diverse public and a wide range of interests. Besides the events organised by the National Book Council, the exhibitors will be organising tens of activities for readers of all ages across the five days of the festival, ranging from book launches and presentations, conferences, workshops, thematic discussions, seminars and entertaining activities for children and their families.
|Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
|Creative Europe Desk Malta
|Daniel Schembri (Ir-rumanz Nyctophilia)
|Dar tal-Pubblikazzjoni QUM
|Ede Books / Kixott
|German-Maltese Circle / UOM - Department of German
|Għaqda tal-Malti - Università
|Heritage Malta Publishing / L-Akkademja tal-Malti
|Istituto Italiano di Cultura La Valletta
|Klabb Kotba Maltin/Midsea
|Malta University Press
|Mellieħa Local Council
|Paul Fenech Gonzi
|Reliġjon u Ħajja (ĊAK)
|The Friends of the National Archives of Malta
The full programme of events for the 2021 Malta Book Festival (3-7 November) will be published in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, please follow the NBC website, and the NBC Facebook page and Malta Book Festival 2021 Facebook event page.
While preparations for this year’s Malta Book Festival are well underway, the National Book Council will be adhering to the national health authorities’ directives on public gatherings to ensure the safest possible experience.