“Finnland. Cool.” That’s how Finland presented itself as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 8 - 12 October 2014. In the Finland Pavilion, designed by up-and-coming artists, visitors were able to dip into library worlds and experience author readings, discussions, comic and design performances, a special children’s programme and various art installations.
Re-experience the cool. atmosphere:
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.
Finland presented itself at the fair with over 60 authors. 37 Finnish publishers were represented at the 204-square-metre collective stand. Finland was represented in every hall of the fair – a first for a guest of honour!
Over 600 events dedicated to the guest of honour were held in and around the fair. There were COOL goings-on around the city, too: Finland brought a multifaceted supporting programme to Frankfurt’s cultural institutions, with readings, exhibitions, music, performances, dance and film. Finnish authors could be encountered live in many different places – even in the sauna.
"Brazil - A land full of voices"
In the Brazilian Pavilion a tribute to paper and literature awaited the visitors. Ornate walls, film installations and a wide event programme with readings, discussions and music attracted thousands of visitors each day.
The exhibition Books on Brazil, presented 1060 books from 309 publishers and 24 countries. More than 90 Brazilian authors came to Germany throughout the Guest of Honour year and gave a lively presentation of the literary diversity of Brazil. 150 Brazilian publishers participated at the 711 sqm large collective stand. With 650 events around the Book Fair Brazil set a new record.
A Brazilian program was presented throughout the Book Fair, including the Comic Center, Gourmet Gallery, LitCamLive and the Forum Education.
In the Guest of Honour’s pavilion, more than 90,000 visitors set out on a journey to the other end of the universe. Surrounded by water on an island beneath a magical night sky, they could experience New Zealand’s storytelling in all its diversity, with authors’ readings, films, music and performances. Under the motto “While you were sleeping” some 80 authors and 69 artists and performers from New Zealand visited Germany during the Guest of Honour year and presented their country’s multifaceted literature and culture with readings, exhibitions, dance, theatre, music, film and culinary events. New Zealand’s Guest of Honour programme comprised 420 events in all, 150 of which were held at the exhibition site; more than 140 took place in Frankfurt and 130 in other cities.
"Iceland’s Guest of Honour Appearance was the best for a long time“ This was the headline in the Frankfurter Rundschau Frankfurter Rundschau, and during the Fair itself the Iceland Pavilion drew record visitor numbers. It featured huge screens where Icelanders would read from their favourite books, and visitors could enter a multimedia capsule to be carried off to the island’s mesmerizing natural world. About forty Icelandic authors were presenting their titles to packed audiences in the pavilion and around the Fair. The “Icelandic Sitting Room” became an island of calm amidst the hubbub, with some 916 Books to choose from at the Books-on-Iceland exhibition there. The Iceland Pavilion was where everybody came together – to read, to relax, to drink “brennivín” during the daily happy hour; it was THE meeting place at Frankfurt.
Argentina celebrated its 200th anniversary of independence in 2010, and made its impressive Guest-of-Honour entrance at the Frankfurt Book Fair. During the Guest-of-Honour final press conference, FBF’s director Juergen Boos praised Argentina’s presence as the “most literary in years”; under the motto “Argentine, Culture on the Move” the country had staged more than 65 authors, 120 publishers and 150 events.