IBNA– Culture Minister Seyyed Reza Salehi Amiri praised the efforts made by the book officials of twenty cities selected to compete at the final stage of Iran’s Book Capital Festival.
According to IBNA correspondent, quoting from the Information center of Reading Promotion events in a meeting attended by the representatives of twenty candidate cities as Iran’s Book Capital, Salehi Amiri (PhD) praised the activities of these cities in promoting reading.
The following cities are nominated to be “Iran’s Book Capital”: Awaz, Borazjan, Tehran, Tabriz, Taft, Dezful, Damaq, Zarand, Kashan, Kangan, Shabankareh, Shar-e Ray, Shahreza, Shahr-e Kord, Shiraz, Lahijan, Varamin and Yazd.
At this ceremony, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said: “We are faced with cultural abuse in Iran and we quickly need to promote the cultural consumption level, especially of books.”
Salehi Amiri, who was making a speech in the gathering of directors of Culture and Islamic Guidance bureaus and the mayors of 20 cities selected for the final stage, added: “We have defined the minimum requirement for our food intake, but no serious planning has been done for cultural consumption. One of the important centers of cultural consumption is books and reading.”
“The effect of encouraging reading is not short-term and needs a lot of time. What we sowed in Education 3 decades ago is now reaped, and what we do in reading promotion today will come to fruition two decades from now,” he asserted.