Success for the Nordic theme at Göteborg Book Fair
This year’s Book Fair has broken records. Visitors have been able to take part in 3,446 different events, with 2,420 participants. The Nordic theme has made its mark on the 28th consecutive Göteborg Book Fair.
– The Nordic theme has permeated the entire fair and we are both delighted with and proud of the great interest inspired by it. Many important deals have been agreed in the International Rights Centre and the seminars featuring Nordic writers have been well attended. The Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who recently were released from Ethiopian prison, drew the largest audience at the International Square, commented Maria Källsson, Book Fair Director.
Another highlight was that the Swedish Nobel Prize Laureate Tomas Tranströmer honoured the Book Fair with his attendance.
– An especially powerful memory is all of the warmth and love surrounding Tomas and Monica Tranströmer, Head of Programme Gunilla Sandin said.
Voices from Ireland have also drawn a great deal of attention, especially as no fewer than eight authors from the Emerald Isle visited the Book Fair.
Nordic theme makes a major impact
Over sixty writers from the Nordic countries and hundreds of writers from Sweden attended the Book Fair, and many of the seminars discussed Scandinavia and Nordic literature.
The cooperating partners, Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council, have not only featured Nordic literature in their exhibition stand and in seminars. In addition, fair visitors of all ages have enjoyed playing new Scandinavian computer games with Findus, Pettson and Astrid Lindgren’s many fictional characters. They have also been able to meet a variety of people from government ministers to young designers and to book a time with the director of the Nordic Culture Fund, Karen Bue. Many people were eager to pitch their ideas to her.
– There is actually no other word than successful to describe the Nordic exhibition stand at the Book Fair in Göteborg. From morning to evening it has been full – chock-full – of people who have talked, exchanged experiences, debated or listened to everything which has been discussed on the Nordic Stand’s stage. One way to measure the success is to look at how crowded the stand always is, and another is the 100 kilos of free apples handed out on the stand, which have all gone before 12 noon every day, commented Bodil Tingsby, Head of Communications for the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council, and project leader for the Nordic exhibition stand.
– The driving force amongst us in Scandinavia to spend time with each other, talk with each other and get to know each other is strong. We proved this yet again at Göteborg Book Fair.
Romania in focus 2013
Next year the Book Fair will be focussing on Romania and Romanian literature. The theme will be developed and implemented in cooperation with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, as well as publishers and other organisations.
– We look at this as recognition both of Romania as an exciting literary country, and of the Romanian Cultural Institute as a strong and trustworthy partner. We are conscious of the responsibility we carry, and we have already begun preparations for next year’s formidable challenge, commented Dan Shafran, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm.
– The Romanian presence at next year’s Book Fair will not only accentuate the importance of the Romanian cultural tradition and its place within Europe, but also show how cultural meetings set up by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Scandinavia can encourage us to focus more broadly on the common cultural heritage we share in Europe.
Göteborg Book Fair 2013 takes place from 26th-29th September at the Swedish Exhibition Center in Göteborg.
Statistics Göteborg Book Fair 2009-2012.
Göteborg Book Fair is the largest cultural event in the Nordic Region with 100,000 visitors.
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