Frankfurt Book Fair 9–13 October 2013
Each year PANZ manages a New Zealand collective stand offering a space for local publishers to exhibit and promote their titles in an international arena. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the premier international book fair lasting five days and attracting more than 7,400 exhibitors from over 108 countries. It is the biggest annual rights fair and both New Zealand and international publishers regard it as the most important book fair in the world to attend.
As Guest of Honour at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, New Zealand embraced a unique opportunity to profile its literature, its culture and society to the German public, the German-speaking region and the world’s literary and publishing community. Culminating at the October 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, a year-long programme of activity throughout Germany showcased New Zealand literature and other art forms, leveraged trade and tourism opportunities and strengthened political ties through cultural diplomacy.
About 20 New Zealand publishers have typically exhibited on the NZ collective stand each year, and the 2012 stand saw an increase to 35 publishers with more than 50 people present. PANZ also hosts a stand party each year, which approximately 200 international guests attend and it is always a very popular event on the Frankfurt calendar. PANZ looks forward to building on the New Zealand presence made at the fair in coming years.
Creative New Zealand is our current partner supporting literary publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, providing funding for the stand and also assistance for publishers to travel to the fair and exhibit on the stand.
Creative New Zealand Translation Grants
Frankfurt 2010 saw the launch of a new Creative NZ translation grants project which offers foreign publishers funding to support the costs of translating NZ works.
Watch a mini documentary about the NZ Guest of Honour programme at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair:
And some more highlights from the NZ Guest of Honour programme:
More videos available to view at www.youtube.com/user/nzatfrankfurt