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Festive opening of the Frankfurt Pavilion with Croatian writer Ivana Sajko and Belgian author Stefan Hertmans


Frankfurt, 2 October 2018 – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend the 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse: In a festive ceremony on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, he will open the Frankfurt Pavilion, a new, iconic event venue at the book fair.

Under the title “On Opining. How to Defend Freedom in Turbulent Times”, the Federal President will speak with Croatian author Ivana Sajko, the recipient of this year’s International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Belgian writer Stefan Hertmans (War and Turpentine, De bekeerlinge), whose award-winning work was most recently honoured with the Flemish State Prize for Narrative Prose. Michaela Kolster, Programme Director for ZDF-PHOENIX, will moderate the discussion.

Populism and extreme views stoke fears and create bogeymen. In this discussion, the Federal President and his guests will explore which ideals form the basic framework of a free society, and how people in these societies can develop and put into practice a constructive attitude.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at 10.00 am in the Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora on the exhibition grounds).

Participation for visitors to the Book Fair is by personal invitation only.

Attention editorial offices:
Registration for this event will only be accepted until noon (UTC+02:00) on Monday, 8 October 2018. NB: The number of participants is limited.

Journalists with technical equipment (film, photo, radio) are requested to please register with their surname, first name, date and place of birth and medium at the following link: 

Journalists without technical equipment (print and online media), please register here:

The contact persons for this event are Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, (tel.: 069 2102-138, and Kathrin Grün Head of PR and Communications, (tel.: 069 2102-170,

Photos are available here:


About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also brings together key players from the fields of education, film, games, STM, academic publishing, and business information. Since 1976, the book fair 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. Access to the Business Club, with its premium services, networking events, and conferences, such as THE MARKETS, is available exclusively with a Business Ticket – the premium option for B2B visitors. THE ARTS+ was launched in 2016 as a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the culture and creative industries. It aims to exploit the potential of digitalisation for creative content and to develop new business areas. Frankfurt EDU, the international education platform of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, presents innovative concepts, content and technologies for the future of learning. Campus Weekend at the Frankfurter Buchmesse is dedicated to university students. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (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 PR and Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,

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