With 105,000 visitors (5,000 more than last year) and 16 per cent more editorial sells, concluded the 21st International Anthropology and History Book Fair (FLAH), which took place in the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) from September 17th to 27th 2009.

More than 300 activities were presented during the editorial encounter organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) with the participation of more than a hundred researchers from Mexico and Catalonia, cultural region to which the 21st edition of the fair was dedicated.

At the balance of the 11 days of the forum, Benito Taibo, INAH Divulgation national coordinator, commented that the nearly 100 editorial houses that offered more than 10,000 titles reported good sales. In some stands, more than 200 volumes were sold in a day, representing a 16 per cent increase in relation with 2008.

“I think it was a successful fair that attracted public of all ages and tastes, not only anthropology, history or archaeology specialists; we believe that the variety of activities offered stirred people’s interest”.

Catalonia in Mexico and Africanias Colloquies, as well as the 14th Roman Piña Chan Archaeology Symposium and the 2nd Endangered Languages Encounter, counted on with high level specialists, among them 50 Catalan and 150 Mexican researchers; these activities allowed a fruitful information exchange between both nations.

“Presence of Catalonia was very important and enriching due to feedback between researchers, and contributions to Mexican culture of fundamental figures such as Pedro Bosch Gimpera (1891-1974) were acknowledged”.

Taibo also mentioned Juan Comas, physical anthropologist, movie director Josep Maria Forn and documentary maker Dolors Genoves who also received homage at the fair.

The pavilion dedicated to Catalonia was one of the most visited, which offered its most recent editorial production in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, linguistics and literature, edited by universities Autonoma de Barcelona and De las Islas Baleares, as well as Instituto Catalan de Arqueologia Clasica, among other institutions.

FLAH offered 64 editorial presentations and 38 artistic events, among them infantile shows and traditional music concerts, such as the one presented by Cardencheros de Sapioriz, winners of the Science and Arts National Prize in 2008, and Chirimiteros from Jala, Nayarit.

Benito Taibo commented that the movie cycle and exhibitions promoted rapprochement of Mexican public to Catalan visual arts such as cinematography, documentary, photography and design. He remarked Catalonia participation in the 5th Traditional Music International Forum.

Rock band of Seri origin Hamac Caziim attracted young audiences. Formed in 1995 in Punta Chueca community, Sonora, “they combine tradition rescue with contemporary music and it draws a lot of attention, combining modernity and identity”.

The 21st Anthropology and History Book Fair counted on with a budget of one and a half million MXP and the support of Catalan entities that sponsored some exhibitions and academic activities, among them, Institut Ramon Llull, Instituto de Estudios Catalanes, Museo de Historia de Cataluña and Universidad Autonoma de Cataluña.