Kolkata Book Fair: Venue, Dates, Things To Do And All You Need To Know About It

by Shreya Ghosh 200

The most favourite time of every Kolkatan is finally here! International Kolkata Book Fair is back after a year and it is grander than ever. We are celebrating the 46th edition of the book fair, also known as Boi Mela, and this event has loads to offer, more than we can imagine. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Boi Mela on 30 January. Here’s what this event has in store for you!

International Kolkata Book Fair 2023 Is On!

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Popular as the second-largest book fair in the entire world, Kolkata Boi Mela has already begun. The event is housing about 900 stalls this year. Bookworms are going to have the most memorable time of their lives here by exploring about 700 book stalls spread all around the massive venue. And about 200 shops are selling huge collections of magazines. The fair is spread over a huge area with so many entry and exit gates in different directions of the fair.

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book fair

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If you have not visited the book fair yet, do not wait anymore and explore this already. This is a place where different people from different places with different choices are coming together at one ground and celebrating their love for books of different genres. Well, the Boi Mela does not end at books only. There is so much for so many people.

The 46th book fair welcomed about 20 international countries to participate. And among all the foreign countries, Spain is the theme country this year. Some of the other countries who are participating in Boi Mela are:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Cuba
  • France
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom

All The Fascinating Things To See Here!

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Book fair is not only to read books and buy the favourite ones. The event houses so many food stalls serving loads of lip-smacking dishes. Foodies are going to have a gala time enjoying all the food items. Boi Mela also is a great place for shopaholics. From art pieces to bags, you will get lots of things to purchase here.

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The beautiful idol of Maa Durga is a stunning attraction to see here! Surrounded by beds of so many colourful flowers, you will feel great spending some time here, in front of the idol.

There is so much more to see here. From incredible towel art to projects made by students to games, the options are endless!

Kolkatans, what are you waiting for? Make plans with your family and friends and visit Kolkata’s Boi mela!

Where: Boimela Prangan, Central Park Mela Ground, Karunamoyee, Salt Lake

When: 12 PM – 8 PM

Date: 30 January 2023 – 12 February 2023

Cover Image Courtesy: Shreya Ghosh, Soumit Chakraborty