Floating book Fair in Colombo

 

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Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon be back in Sri Lanka. The ship will open to the public on August 30 to allow visitors the opportunity to purchase books and meet crew members.

Logos Hope offers an expanded selection of over 5,000 titles at affordable prices. They cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, and family life. With children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more, the book fair is something the whole family can enjoy.
Additionally, the rest of the Visitor Experience deck is also open for the public to explore. From the Welcome Area, which introduces the new vessel through a short movie and interactive displays, to the International Café, which has ice cream, drinks and snacks for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.
The ship’s 400 crew members are volunteers who have come from over 50 countries, leaving behind families, jobs, and the security of their homes. The crew offers a rare example of unity in cultural diversity.
Logos Hope will be in the Port of Colombo from August 30 – September 22. Opening hours are as follows; from August 30 to September 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday); 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Sunday and Monday). From September 13 to 21 everyday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets cost Rs 100, and children under 12 have free admission but must be accompanied by an adult.

Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon be back in Sri Lanka. The ship will open to the public on August 30 to allow visitors the opportunity to purchase books and meet crew members.

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MV Logos Hope is operated by the German Christian charitable organization GBA Ships e.V (Gute Bücher für Alle, English: Good Books for All). Built in 1973 as the ferry MV Gustav Vasa for service between Malmö (Sweden) and Travemünde(Germany), she later operated as the MV Norröna providing a ferry service to the Faroe Islands.

As the fourth ship operated by the organisation, The MV Logos Hope follows in the line of MV Logos, the wrecked hulk of which now sits on a rock shelf on the Chilean coast, MV Logos II which was retired in the fall of 2008 and which Logos Hope was designed to replace, and MV Doulos which was sold to a Singaporean interest in 2009.

Twice as big as any previous ship operated by the organisation, the ship was completely refitted over a period of 5 years. Logos Hope provides a better quality of life for crew as well as a wider range of activities for visitors and guests. The newly created Logos Hope Experience (which is situated on a deck that was installed into the original ferry’s car area) holds up to 800 visitors at any time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge. This publicly accessible deck offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organisation, a book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life, which is based on the story of the “Prodigal Son”, and the International Cafe.

The all volunteer crew and staff of 400 people, represent over 45 different countries. Unlike the crew during her original use as acar ferry, crew and staff normally join the organisation to live on board for two years as volunteers.

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