Making the Headlines: SIBF Matchmaking Programme

Hosted as part of Sharjah International Book Fair’s Translation Rights Centre, the fifth annual SIBF Matchmaking Programme brought together over 250 rights professionals from across the world on 1-3 November 2015 for a three-day programme which centred around the buying and selling of publishing translation rights. Attendees get the chance to benefit from the SIBF Translation Grant, a $300k fund for rights agreements made during the programme.

Midas PR assisted in the coordination and event management of the Translation Rights Centre working alongside the SIBF team. Midas focused on international delegate coordination and raising the programme’s international profile at publishing events throughout the year, including The London Book Fair, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, BookExpo America, American Library Association Conference and Frankfurt Book Fair.

A key event in the international publishing trade, SIBF Matchmaking Programme, attracts top rights professionals in the book industry from over 50 countries ranging from Croatia to India, Nigeria to New Zealand. The programme includes introductions to Arab and international publishing professionals, one-to-one matchmaking sessions, networking and hospitality. The SIBF Translation Grant awarded 168 grants in 2014, a 50% increase on the previous year.

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