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
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 500 - 1,000 titles collects translated literature from the Guest of Honour as well as books about the Guest of Honour. Register your titles for the exhibition "Books on Finland" on the "Books on" page. You can find the catalogues from earlier Guest of Honour countries 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. In 2014 students from these four German universities participated:
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, Museum of Applied Art 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.
Next year the competition will be expanded nationwide.