Porto Book Fair has already welcomed more than 112,000 visitors


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The 10th edition of the Porto Book Fair, which kicked off on August 25 and runs until September 10, has already welcomed more than 112,000 people to the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, the organization revealed today.

In a statement, the organization said that, ten days after opening, the Porto Book Fair has already registered more visitors than in 2021 – the year in which around 107,000 people visited the event – but has not yet reached last year’s total of more than 130,000 visitors.

In an edition that pays homage to the writer and journalist Manuel António Pina (1943-2012), the fair has 130 stands from 108 booksellers, booksellers and publishers, both national and foreign, from Poetria, Utopia and Homem dos Livros to Penguin Random House, Chandeigne, Saída de Emergência, Antígona, Afrontamento and Orfeu Negro, among many others.

This year’s edition involved an investment of 650,000 euros by the Porto City Council, which organizes it.

Booksellers, publishers and booksellers heard by Lusa on the eve of the opening were confident of the commercial success of the 2023 edition of the Porto Book Fair, anticipating, despite the crisis, the same number of visitors and sales as last year.

Among the participants Lusa spoke to, there was confidence that this year the crisis, inflation and other financial concerns will have no impact on sales, which should remain in line with the revenues achieved in the previous edition.

The Porto Book Fair is open from 12:00 every day, except at weekends, when it opens at 11:00.

Closing time is 9pm between Sunday and Thursday and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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