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The 2015 Taipei Book Fair is to be free for under 18s

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Book Fair Foundation (財團法人台北書展基金會, TBFF) said yesterday that youths under 18 years old could attend the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition (2015 TIBE) for free, with various New Zealand authors and award-winning animation effects teams having been invited.

According to the TBFF, 2015 TIBE will begin on Feb. 11, lasting for six days at Exhibition Hall 1 and Hall 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center.

The free admission policy is expected to benefit over 3 million students in Taiwan. This move would make 2015 TIBE the first book fair to initiate the free admission policy in Asia, the TBFF said.

Also, students aged over 18 can use their student cards to purchase entrance tickets at a 50-percent discount.

According to TBFF, the theme country of 2015 TIBE is New Zealand. The organizer has invited more than 12 New Zealand authors, illustrators and publishers to join the annual event.

Eleanor Catton, winner of 2013 Man Booker Prize, is also expected to attend the 2015 TIBE with her award-winning work, “The Luminaries,” to promote its Chinese edition.

Lloyd Jones, a famous New Zealand author, has also be invited, as well as the animation effects team of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. New Zealand Maori will stage performances during the six-day fair.

According to executive director Huang Pao-ping (黃寶萍) of the TBFF, the animation effects team of the Oscar-winning trilogy has promised to attend the exhibition if they are able to raise enough funds to support the Taipei trip.

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