Germany as Guest of Honour

We organises German joint stands (DGS) at 20 book fairs around the world.

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Warsaw, Bologne, Taipei – every year there are countless events around the world for booksellers and publishing industry exhibitors. And Germany puts in regular appearances as the guest of honour at fairs for specialists and the general public.       

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Germany represented itself at the following Fairs

Deutschland als Gastland in Taipeh

Germany at the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2019

From 12-17 February, Germany was the Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) – a fair for specialists and the general public with more than 600 exhibitors from 59 countries and more than 580 000 visitors. It counts among the largest and most important fairs in Asia. Within the region of Greater China (Chinese mainlaind, Taiwan, Hong Kong), the Taiwanese book market is a strategically important licensing partner and the second largest market after mainland China.

From 12-17 February, Germany was the Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) – a fair for specialists and the general public with more than 600 exhibitors from 59 countries and more than 580 000 visitors. It counts among the largest and most important fairs in Asia. Within the region of Greater China (Chinese mainlaind, Taiwan, Hong Kong), the Taiwanese book market is a strategically important licensing partner and the second largest market after mainland China.

Germany presented itself in 2019 with a large-format programme spread over 400 square metres as the Guest of Honour of the book fair in Taipei. The visitors could enjoy a wide range of specialist, literary and socio-politial topics. The German collective stand also offered excellent opportunities to make contacts in East Asia and the Pacific.

Stand auf der Fachmesse in Sofia

Germany at the Sofia International Book Fair 2018

Vom 11. bis 16. Dezember fand die Sofia International Book Fair statt – eine der wichtigsten kulturellen Veranstaltungen in Bulgarien. 200 Aussteller sowie 50 000 Besucherinnen und Besucher machten die Publikumsmesse und das integrierte Literaturfestival im Kulturpalast zu einem literarischen Event.

Vom 11. bis 16. Dezember fand die Sofia International Book Fair statt – eine der wichtigsten kulturellen Veranstaltungen in Bulgarien. 200 Aussteller sowie 50 000 Besucherinnen und Besucher machten die Publikumsmesse und das integrierte Literaturfestival im Kulturpalast zu einem literarischen Event.

Unter dem Motto „Vier Länder eine Sprache“ haben sich Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz und Liechtenstein gemeinsam als Ehrengast in Sofia präsentiert. Zahlreiche Autorinnen und Autoren nutzen die  International Book Fair, um ihre Werke dem interessierten Publikum vorzustellen – unter anderem Katja Alves, Sybille Berg, Sherko Fatah, Dagmar Geisler, Christoph Hein, Jonas Lüscher, Robert Menasse, Marion Poschmann, Ilja Trojanow.

German collective stands Warschau

Germany at the Warsaw Book Fair 2017

Germany was the guest country at the 8th Warsaw Book Fair from 18 to 21 May 2017. The programme, jointly prepared by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Goethe-Institut with support from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, was held under the motto "Moving words. Siła słów“

Germany was the guest country at the 8th Warsaw Book Fair from 18 to 21 May 2017. The programme, jointly prepared by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Goethe-Institut with support from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, was held under the motto "Moving words. Siła słów“

With Nobel laureate Herta Müller, the German stand hosted an author who has transcended many borders in both her life and art. Taking her experience under a communist regime and channeling it into her literature via unsettling and moving prose. 

Herta Müller is very popular among Polish readers – more of her books have been translated into Polish than to any other language.

The Romanian-German author is a strong advocate for human rights. “The words of every language have different eyes” was the title of the event in which Herta Muller was in conversation with the Polish journalist Adam Krzeminski 

Visitors also found a rich programme dedicated to specialist, literary and social-political issues, in addition to children's, young adult and crime novels.

In all, eleven authors had conversations with Polish writers and journalist and included: Wolfgang Bauer, Artur Becker, Ulrike Draesner, Ulrike Guérot, Jakob Hein, Daniela Kohl, Andre Kubiczek, Charlotte Link, Yuri Andruchowitsch and Alice Pantermüller.

Finally, literature enthusiasts could browse some 800 German books at the collective stand – on display, among others, were the collections

  • “On Words and Liberty – Books about Freedom of Expression”
  • “Rights List Children’s Books On Tour”
  • “The Best German Book Design 2016”
  • “On the End of Loneliness - New Literary Releases from Germany”
  • “My Father’s Country - Postwar Biographies”
  • “This Tree’s Leaf. German-language Authors’ Experiences of Nature”
German collective stands Bologna

Germany as Guest of Honour at Bologna Children's Book Fair 2016

From 4 to 10 April 2016, Germany was guest of honour at the Bologna Children's Book Fair - the most important international platform for both children's and youth media, as well as illustration.

From 4 to 10 April 2016, Germany was guest of honour at the Bologna Children's Book Fair - the most important international platform for both children's and youth media, as well as illustration.

A specially curated illustrator exhibition, coupled with a wider reaching programme, that extended beyond the exhibition itself to the city, made for a very colourful and successful German presence. 

The logo is by Tatjana Müksch using an illustration by Ole Könneke.

The focus of the German presence was the LOOK! exhibition which showed the work of 30 German illustrators. Such was the diversity that the exhibition covered children's books and graphic  novels, exhibiting poetic imagery next to tangible realism and striking photography alongside fine art drawings.

LOOK! Germany Guest of Honour at Bologna Children's Book Fair 2016.

Best of 2016 Bologna Children's Book Fair

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