Why have a Guest of Honour?
In 1976 the Frankfurt Book Fair started to dedicate itself to a Guest of Honour every two years. Since 1988 the programme is held annually. So far twenty-five Guest of Honour countries and regions have presented themselves at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The next Guest of Honours
Guest of Honour 2015 Indonesia approves 1 Million US Dollars in grants
To promote the translation of Indonesian literature, the Ministery of Education and Culture has established the "I-LIT Program" (Indonesian Literature in Translation) and approved 1 Million US Dollars in grants for 2014. Interested publishers can find all information on the website Indonesia@Frankfurt Book Fair and in the PDF:
Translation Funding Programme Indonesia
Fundação Biblioteca Nacional launches new funding programme:
The Brazilian National Library Foundation "Fundação Biblioteca Nacional" offers international publishing houses travel aid for Brazilian authors to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Application deadline is 9 June 2014. Interested publishers can find detailed information in the press release below or on the website www.bn.br.
Each year a new Guest of Honour - each year a new logo The mottos and logos of past Guest of Honours 1988-2013
As part of the Guest of Honour programme we have the following projects:
Every year we have an international book exhibition on the Guest of Honour. In this exhibition publishers from all around the world can show their current titles on the Guest of Honour. The exhibition with about 1,000 titles collects translated literature from the Guest of Honour as well as books about the Guest of Honour. The catalogue "Books on Brazil" and former Guest of Honours can be found on our "Books on" page. If you have titles for the exhibition "Books on Finland", you can soon find the application on the "Books on" page as well.
Competition for Young Designers
Since 2006 the Frankfurt Book Fair searches for the most original welcome to the Guest of Honour in form of a poster competition that is organized at four German universities:
In June a jury consisting among others of representatives of the Book Fair and the Guest of Honour organising committee, the Culture Board/Kulturamt of Frankfurt and the Deutscher Designer Club chooses the three best designs. In September the first two winning designs are placarded in Frankfurt as a welcome greeting and in the run-up to the Book Fair they are exhibited at different places around the city as well. The ten best posters are published as postcards.