Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 : Are you coming?

Each October something special happens – Frankfurter Buchmesse opens. This year will be the fair’s 70th anniversary. For book fans from all over the world and the international publishing and media industry, it will once again be all about printed and digital content and the relevant topics for the coming year. The book fair is the most important international marketplace for content, as well as a key trendsetter for society and a major cultural festival. We look forward to celebrating our guest of honour, Georgia, and discovering this country’s diverse culture and literature. And we look forward to your visit.

With Georgia as this year’s Guest of Honour, Frankfurter Buchmesse is highlighting a nation with a centuries-old culture from 10-14 October. Under the tagline “Georgia – Made by Characters”, Georgia showcases more than its literature and new releases in German translation: It is also offering a far-reaching programme to provide diverse perspectives of the country’s rich cultural landscape at various cultural venues in Frankfurt. Today, the Deutsches
Architekturmuseum (German Museum of Architecture) in Frankfurt hosted the official unveiling of the Guest of Honour Pavilion concept for Frankfurter Buchmesse, accompanied by a presentation of the cultural programme and the Georgian authors who will travel to Frankfurt in October.

“Georgia’s geographical position between Europe and the Caucaus, and its unique identity despite – or perhaps because of – the various cultural and political influences, have made the country into one of the most exciting Guests of Honour in recent times”, says Juergen Boos, President of Frankfurter Buchmesse. „It has been incredibly exciting to see how the programme takes shape and to get a glimpse of the wide range of topics. We have reached a milestone today: there are currently 80 Georgian titles translated into German,“ Juergen Boos continues.

Frankfurter Buchmesse has been organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH since 1949 when 205 German exhibitors met in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt for the first post-war book fair. However, the history of Frankfurter Buchmesse goes back much further – to the 15th century. At that time Johannes Gutenberg invented book printing just a few kilometres from downtown Frankfurt. Today, Frankfurter Buchmesse is the largest book fair in the world, an international trademark and a model for cultural events. The company is active in international publishing throughout the year and well beyond the trade fair days.

Once a year Frankfurter Buchmesse turns into the world capital of ideas. It is the most important international trading venue for content of all kinds – from novels and children’s books to scientific databases. Here, experts from global publishing meet partners from the technology industry and related creative industries such as film and games, from where new cooperations and business models take their course. At the same time, the fair is a major cultural event: around 7,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries, more than 275,000 visitors, over 4,000 events, around 10,000 journalists and around 2,400 bloggers make Frankfurter Buchmesse the world’s largest trade fair for publishing every year – and Frankfurt, the metropolis on the Main, the centre of the international media world.

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