Unique, Year after Year: Our Guest of Honour.

Here you will find information about Frankfurter Buchmesse's Guests of Honour of recent years.

Guest of Honour Past guests France 2017

Why have a Guest of Honour?

The main aims of the Frankfurter Buchmesse are to help the publishing industry and the cultural institutions of the guest country to network more effectively on an international scale, to make its literature better known around the world, and to increase the number of translations emerging from the country. To this end, the Guest of Honour usually sets up a translation support programme. From the point of view of the book industry, this helps to boost the trade in rights and licences, and it helps publishers to develop their international contacts – even after the year as Guest of Honour has ended. The industry also benefits as a whole from the extra attention it receives due to the promotion of its authors and the presence of the publishers at the biggest book fair in the world.
For the readers and the general public, the Guest of Honour appearance enables them to experience the country's literature and culture, and it also stimulates their curiosity for its politics, history and current affairs.
The country experiences a huge upswing in media interest.
The general cultural programme that accompanies the Guest of Honour appearance helps to create (sustainable) international cultural relations; it encourages cultural exchanges and dialogue, as well as increased tourism, of course.

“Francfort en français" / "Frankfurt in French” was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2017.

Information about the book market in France

The upward trend in this business segment has been ongoing for a few years now and has led to growth of around 120% within ten years.

The upward trend in this business segment has been ongoing for a few years now and has led to growth of around 120% within ten years.

In 2017, France presented itself under the motto "Francfort en français" / "Frankfurt in French" in the Guest of Honour pavilion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, covering around 2,500 square metres. Thousands of visitors were inspired every day by the varied supporting programme and were able to experience French literature and culture up close.

France at the Book fair

“This is what we share” was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2016.

Information about the book market in Flanders & the Netherlands

Within the various exhibition halls, 144 Dutch and Flemish publishers exhibited over an area of 1,612 sqm.

Within the various exhibition halls, 144 Dutch and Flemish publishers exhibited over an area of 1,612 sqm.

The international book exhibition “Books on Flanders & the Netherlands”, organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse and shown in the Guest of Honour pavilion, gathered 750 titles from 180 publishers and 26 countries.

"17,000 Islands of Imagination" was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2015.

Information about the book market in Indonesia

The international book exhibition "Books on Indonesia" featured some 850 translations of titles from and to the Indonesian from 180 publishers and 30 countries.

The international book exhibition "Books on Indonesia" featured some 850 translations of titles from and to the Indonesian from 180 publishers and 30 countries.

Indonesian publishers were present at the fair with a 340-square-meter collective stand in Hall 4.0 as well as with events related to children’s books, comic books, art/design, education and gourmet living.

„Finnland. Cool.“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2014.

Information about the book market in Finland

60 German-language publishers acquired 215 Finnish titles in the programme.

60 German-language publishers acquired 215 Finnish titles in the programme.

The international book exhibition “Books on Finland” displayed translations of titles from and for Finland – a total of 950 books published by 245 publishers in 35 countries.

„Brazil – A land full of voices“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2013.

Information about the book market in Brazil

130 German publishers presented more than 335 new releases, including 117 fiction titles in their programmes.

130 German publishers presented more than 335 new releases, including 117 fiction titles in their programmes.

The international book exhibition "Books on Brazil" was on display in the Guest of Honour pavilion and presented 1060 books from and about Brazil from 309 publishers and 24 countries.

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