The 33rd National Book Festival

The 33rd National Book Festival will be held on May 26-28 at Sukhbaatar Square, center of Mongolian capital. During the book festival, cultural events will be organized; including exhibition of rare books, photo exhibitions, meetings of writers and readers, literary readings, book listening hours, poetry day.

National Literature, Culture and Book Days are celebrated throughout Mongolia on Saturdays and Sundays of the third week of May and September each year in accordance with the President’s decree on book holidays and the law on public holidays.

UNESCO launched the World Book Capital program in 2001 and annually selects a city that encourages reading as the Book Capital of the World.

Mongolian book culture arose in the 13th century in the Mongol Empire along with the creation of writing.

The Department of Sociology at the Mongolian State University estimated that more than 180,000 people attended during the three days of the festival. This is almost 12 percent of the population of Ulaanbaatar. At the same time, 74.5 percent of visitors were between the ages of 15 and 35. Almost half of them are primary school students. 95 percent  of the people who came to the festival bought books.

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