After Participated 38th International Kolkata Book Fair – Milan Mela Complex – Kolkata 2014, we participated local book fair called as Brihattara Behala Boimela or Greater Behala Book Fair 2015 at Behala Blind School Ground. On 4 – 13 December 2015 this book fair continued, during those days we given stall Brihattara Behala Boimela or Greater Behala Book Fair 2015, Stall number 77.
The Wikipedia Kolkata community has the previous experience of successful participation at the Kolkata Book Fair in 2014, so this was pretty good in terms of exception. This book fair mainly focused around Bengali, so lots of bengali people came through those days. This fair basically, Behala region lesser cosmopolitan in comparison to other parts of the city. Our target was focused Bengali-speaking audience for the event, also outreach activities .
It was a outreach program for the Bengali Wikipedia, Bengali Wikisource, Bengali Wiktionary and the GLAM initiatives. In this kind of book fair we received mostly Bengali speaking audience unlike the Kolkata Book Fair which is more cosmopolitan in nature. So it was a better chance of bringing in contributors to the Bengali language Wikimedia projects. We already had regarding GLAM initiatives in a WikiAcademy this year and we are hopeful of getting quality leads for GLAM initiatives. The basic plan was to demonstrate the Bengali Wikipedia. We had laptops and Internet connection at the stall and the volunteers presented hands on demo to the visitors.
Overall it was good experience this kind of book fair. I want to thanks all the volunteers, contributors and others for helping this activities in a nice way. This type of event will be happened in near future more and more. Till then keep contributing!