Illustrators’ Corner to showcase creative talents at ADIBF 2018

Illustrators’ Corner

A select group of famous painters, calligraphers, animators, graphic designers and comic artists are all set to showcase their artworks at the Illustrators’ Corner at ADIBF 2018.

The Illustrators’ Corner will establish a unique platform for visitors to meet internationally renowned artists and learn from their experiences in the field of illustration and comic art. Aimed at promoting reading as a daily habit, and the passion for creativity and innovation, the platform will hold a series of artistic activities that visitors from all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.

By hosting international authors and illustrators of children’s literature as well as displaying drawings of world-known novels, the Illustrators’ Corner aims to nurture the younger generation’s imagination and encourage them to read, through a range of artistic workshops allowing them to express their thoughts and fantasies in drawings and illustrations.

Professional program sessions
Various professional program sessions concerning the young reader and the role and future of children’s books in the Arab World will be featured at this year’s ADIBF.

On 26 April, three experts in their field will share their experiences and give advice on engaging and retaining readers in a session titled ‘Capturing a Young Reader’s Interest’. Speakers will include Cristina Fuentes, Isobel Abulhoul, Bassam Chebaro and Andrea Pasion-Flores, who will share the challenges they face in reaching readers in their communities and the strategies they employ in acquiring, creating, marketing and publishing children’s books. The moderator will be Mona Henning with the session beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 6.45 p.m. A further session ‘Storytelling and Attention for Children’s Books in the Arab World’ will follow at 7.30 p.m. with Joanna Khoury, Ornella Antar and Mona Henning with moderator Ali Abd El-Moneim.

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2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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