BookFest @ Malaysia is established since 2006 with an aim to showcase leading publishers, exhibit the latest most innovative stationery, CD and Multimedia products. The much anticipated fair has more than 600 booths, allowing hundreds of publishing houses, book and stationery distributors from all over Asia to present and display their goods.
BookFest @ Malaysia, co-organised with Sin Chew Media Corporation, is deemed as one of the largest book expositions held in the region. The consumer fair will feature publishers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia with millions of books from the latest and best collection of Chinese, English and Malay titles in pavilions known as the Chinese and English Pavilion respectively. BookFest also acts as a platform for both local and international authors to present their creative writings for all to see and admire.
The annual book exposition occupies one of Malaysia's most prestigious "state-of-the-art" Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) site – the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Since its inception in 2006, BookFest has occupied an exhibition space of 100,000 square feet stretching across Hall 1 to 5 of the Ground Floor level. In 2011, the Organisers rolled out an expansion plan and increased its exhibition space from 100,000 square feet to 125,000 square feet with the introduction of the Lifestyle Pavilion located in the Grand Ballroom of Level 3. The Lifestyle Pavilion focuses on showcasing a wider genre of the latest stationery, music and multimedia products in the market. This year in 2013, the Lifestyle Pavilion expanded with an addition of another 8,000 square feet (Banquet Hall) to feature an even wider range of products so that our visitors will be spoilt for choice.
BookFest @ Malaysia, in 2013, will now occupy a total of 133,000 square feet of exhibition space with the Chinese Pavilion located at Hall 1 & 2, English Pavilion in Hall 4 & 5 and the Lifestyle Pavilion in the Grand Ballroom 1 & 2 as well as the Banquet Hall of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
This mega book exposition will take place over a period of 9 days, coinciding with the school holidays. Visitors to the event can look forward to a wide range of fun-filled exciting activities such as performances, contests as well as meet-the-authors sessions which are peppered throughout the full exhibition days.
The number of visitors to BookFest @ Malaysia has been growing year after year. In its inaugural year, BookFest saw 320,000 visitors stepped into its halls, and welcomed an overwhelming crowd of 400,000 in 2007. In 2008, the annual event proved to be even more successful with 450,000 visitors. Despite the Influenza A H1N1 epidemic in 2009, BookFest still recorded an astonishing 420,000 visitors – a very positive sign that Malaysians still hold onto their growing passion for reading. 2010 is the year where BookFest saw a big leap in its visitorship with an astounding record of 600,000 visitors while 2011 and 2012 marked a record high of 680,000 visitors.
The programmes are divided into 2 segments:1) Exhibition
The exhibition showcases the latest books published in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. BookFest @ Malaysia 2013 will officially launch on 2 August 2013. The exhibition will open from 10 am to 10 pm daily starting from 3 till 11 August 2013. Admission is RM 2.50 per ticket. FREE admission is given to students 18 years & below and senior citizens 60 years & above.
There are many fun-filled and exciting activities organised throughout BookFest @ Malaysia such as meet-the-authors sessions, fun time for children, games and activities, performances, contests and many more. Chinese-inclined events will be held in Main Stage @ Hall 1 while the English-inclined events will be held in Stage @ Hall 5.
Allocation SpaceThe Chinese and English Pavilion will fully occupy the 5 adjoining halls at Ground Floor, while the Lifestyle Pavilion will occupy the Grand Ballroom and the Banquet Hall at Level 3 of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The layout provides the best possible visitor flow. Whilst maintaining a strong cultural theme.
Shell Scheme SpaceWhen you take up a shell scheme space, you are entitled to use a stand design. It is perfect for those who need to build a stand in the shortest time and without any hassle. The proposed packages provide the necessary options to enhance your stand. The minimum size for a shell scheme is 9sqm.