Frankfurt Book Fair

Dutch and Belgian monarchs to jointly open Dutch-Flemish Pavilion

10 October 2016

Under the slogan Dit is wat we delen (‘This is what we share’), Flanders and the Netherlands will present over 70 authors at the Book Fair and various other venues in and around the city of Frankfurt. In the run-up to the Fair, over 300 German translations will be published of literary and other works in Dutch. These translations will encompass a multitude of genres, by a wide range of classic and contemporary authors.

On Tuesday 18 October His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians will jointly open the Dutch-Flemish Pavilion at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, where the Netherlands and Flanders will be guests of honour. Her Majesty Queen Mathilde will also be present. Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, will be one of the speakers at the opening ceremony.

The Dutch-Flemish Pavilion covers a surface area of 2,300 m2. The design was inspired by the vast, open landscapes and expansive coastlines of Flanders and the Netherlands. The Pavilion was designed by The Cloud Collective, a Dutch consultancy. It houses a theatre, a cinema, exhibitions, a literary virtual reality experience and a workshop that will produce a unique publication every day.

The Frankfurt Book Fair will run from 19 to 23 October. With 7,000 exhibitors and over 280,000 visitors, this five-day event is the largest trade fair in the world. Every year, it draws almost 10,000 journalists. On weekdays the fair is open to international book trade professionals, and at the weekend to the general public.

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