Why have a Guest of Honour? The Guest of Honour programme, which sometimes also includes whole regions as guests, has been running since 1976. Once every two years, organised by the Frankfurt Book Fair, the presentation of the Guest of Honour on an annual basis has taken place since 1988. Today, the programme is largely organised and financed by the Guest of Honour itself.
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In 2015 the Frankfurt Book Fair will present “the vibrant literature, talents and the rich culture of one of the most populous and ‘young’ countries in the world, of which only little is known in Germany”, says Director of Frankfurt Book Fair, Juergen Boos. Indonesia will follow Brazil (after Finland in 2014) as Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015. The respective agreement was signed in early June between the Book Fair and the partner, the Ministry for Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.
Every year, the Frankfurt Book Fair hosts a poster competition to find the most original message of greeting to the Guest of Honour.
The jury brings together representatives of the Book Fair and the Guest of Honour organising committee, as well as the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, the Museum für Kommunikation, the Culture Board/Kulturamt of Frankfurt and the Deutscher Designer Club. In June they met to select the winning entries. In September, the top two posters will be used in Frankfurt to welcome the Guest of Honour. In the run up to the Book Fair you will be able to see them in many different places around the city. The ten best posters will be issued as postcards.
You can find a gallery of the posters that won the competition on the following page:
The winners of the competition 2013