Five days filled with books and ideas, as well as insights into new industries and markets are finally coming to an end. Once again the Frankfurt Book Fair has successfully managed to bridge the gap between culture and business: With THE ARTS+ we have created a new hub for business in the cultural und creative industries. Hundreds of book donations were collected during the fair for the art project “Parthenon of Books” by Marta Minujin. For the documenta 2017, the Argentinian artist will create a piece of art with the books, protesting the freedom of speech.
The Fair 2016 will also be remembered for its glamour: Next to national and international VIP sightings and author readings, several award ceremonies took place during the week. Among other, the Global Illustrators Award, German Cartoon Award and the Frankfurt Book Fair Award for best international Literary Adaptation were celebrated.
The perfect place for relaxing and gazing into the distance could be found in the Guest of Honor pavilion. Inspired by the rough beauty of the North Sea, Flanders & the Netherlands created a serene space away from the hubbub of the Fair. Finally, evening entertainment was provided by the new Booklounge, situated not far from the fairgrounds.
The Book Fair ends with positive visitor numbers: By the end of today, the Frankfurt Book Fair expects to have received a total of 277,000 visitors, among those are 142,300 trade visitors (+1.3% from 2015).
We are looking forward to seeing you again from 11 to 15 October 2017.