The Frankfurt Book Fair 2013
When: On October 9th – 13th, 2013
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
The Frankfurt Book Fair has an ancient origin. In 15th century Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type in a town near Frankfurt. Frankfurt remained the central and undisputed European book fair city through to the 17th century. in the 18th century Leipzig became a rival, but now the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the world – and the hallmark for global activities in the field of culture. The fair opens up a world of opportunities for all those interested in shaping the future of the media industries from new titles to new technology and data to deals. The Purpose of Frankfurt Book Fair is to make new contacts and engage in important conversations both in their halls and at their events. It is also a meeting place for the industry’s experts and the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licenses worldwide.
The Frankfurt Book Fair has a special programme. Each year the fair appoint a Guest of Honor since 1988. The Guest of Honor is a country which gets the opportunity to make known its publishing industry and the cultural institutions of its country. The country can also make its network known more effectively on an international level, make its literature better known around the world, and increase the number of translations emerging from the country. In 2013 the Guest of Honor was Brazil.
Readers and the general public can know the country’s literature and culture, and this also stimulates their curiosity for its politics, history and current affairs.
Any country can apply to be Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Each country presents its own literature industry, its editors, books and cultural projects. The final decision on who to invite as Guest of Honor is made by the Frankfurt Book Fair, in consultation with the supervisory board of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. The collaboration between the Book Fair and the Guest of Honor is then sealed by a contract, which is commonly signed by the Minister of Culture of the respective country, or by its publishers association. These contracts are generally signed three years before the appearance.
The most important space in the book fair is called Agora. The Agora is the central point of the Book Fair, and each visitor can make a stop here at some point. In this space exhibitors have the opportunity to host large events. The Agora provides the best visibility and access to fair public. The Agora is composed of:
– “The Kids Bubble”, a space for exciting presentations children’s and young adult’s themes: On-stage events, book signings, photo sessions and products on display.
– “Open Stage”, a huge, light canopy which covers a space of 700 square meters in the middle of the Agora and is the biggest event location of the entire Book Fair – open-air and weather-proof.
In 2014, the Frankfurt Book Fair will run from 8th to 12th October. The Guest of Honor will be Finland.