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 Guests of Honour
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 Indonesia" on the "Books on" page. You also find the catalogues of earlier Books on-exhibitions on this page.
Since 2006 the Frankfurt Book Fair searches for the most original welcome to the Guest of Honour in form of a poster competition.
Traditionally, only four German universities were allowed to participate. Starting in 2015, the competition has been extended to include the entire country.
In all 22 universities have participated and the 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 picked three winners out of 299 submitted motives.
All three winners receive a prize money and the first two winning designs are placarded in Frankfurt as a welcome greeting. The ten best posters will be published as postcards.