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Meetings with Belgian authors and artists

Frankfurt, 29 September 2017 – On Thursday, 12 October 2017, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde will visit the Frankfurter Buchmesse in Frankfurt am Main. Accompanied by Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the French Community, her visit will mark the participation of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as part of „Francfort en français / Frankfurt in French”, France – Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Queen will tour the Guest of Honour Pavilion at this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse, and will meet Belgian authors and artists who have contributed to the Pavilion. She will visit the stands of publishers from Wallonia and Brussels and attend a working lunch on the topic of the international influence of francophone Belgian literature. The Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017, France, is collaborating with the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Switzerland, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, in order to demonstrate the vitality of French-language literature beyond the French borders.

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists of which 2,400 are bloggers – in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums, tech companies, that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of Press & Communications, Tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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