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14 October 2019   |   Edition:323
Opening-Press Conference in Pavilion 2018

As the Frankfurter Buchmesse opens its doors for the 76th book fair in Frankfurt, the temperature has no hint of autumn rather feels like spring. Climate change is seen everywhere, especially in publishing industry. There is a run towards adaptations to audio, video and how Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of publishing of the future. Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 is a melting pot of digital, phygital, sensorial and experiential – AI, Frankfurt Audio, Orbanism, Film Awards, Future of Culture: The Arts+, Frankfurt Author’s Hub are amongst many key highlights at the fair. Talks, networking sessions and display by the movers and shakers of the book world will present the visitors many opportunities to understand the trends in the content business. 

Amongst the noteworthy speakers at the fair is Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature announced last week, who will talk about the political responsibility of authors at the Opening Press Conference of Frankfurter Buchmesse on 15 October 2019.  The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Francis Gurry will be addressing the centrality of IP to the global economy and challenges faced by the intellectual property system in the context of the publishing industry. 

South Asia has a strong presence at the Frankfurter Buchmesse with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh exhibiting literary and cultural offerings. Indian pavilion is managed by Publications Division, Ministry of I&B and is themed on 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi wherein many discussions will be hosted at the pavilion. Capexil is also present with a collective delegation of 33 Indian publishers participating through its international book fairs programme. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will present its literary stars and gourmet selections. 

From Fridays for Future: Climate change talk to prize for the first AI book, there’s lots of excitement in store over the week at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Join the conversation at #fbm19.

See you there! Watch this space to know what's happening the next 5 days at Frankfurt!

Prashasti Rastogi


At a presentation on international publishing at the 2018 Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Bernd Hartung

At the Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20) press release, presentation on the Ukrainian Book Market, set for Frankfurt Thursday (October 17) at 12 noon. The venue, the Ukrainian stand, is at Hall 5.0, C129.

“The Ukrainian Book Market: Trends, Major Players, New/Vacant Niches and State Support,” a research report, will be announced by officers of the Ukrainian Book Institute, established to promote Ukrainian literature internationally, as well as in-country.

Ukraine has figured prominently in political news lately, of course, with a full-blown scandal in the United States around Donald Trump’s efforts to have the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, produce damaging research on former vice-president Joe Biden and family. This is a chance to find out how the Russian attacks on Ukraine and other political and social pressures are affecting Kiev’s book business.

Points to be touched on include:
How much the government has supported its creative industries during the last five years
The reasons for the fourfold growth of Ukrainian sales rights over the last five years.
The top Ukrainian bestsellers
Which Ukrainian festival won the Literary Festival Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019
Which Ukrainian writers and illustrators were honored and shortlisted for international awards: the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, European Union Prize for Literature, Premio Andersen, Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Goethe Medal, Angelus, World Illustration Award, D&AD Awards, and others
Three Sessions From India
The German Book Office New Delhi is working with the Jaipur Literature Festival and its Jaipur Book Mark program to offer three programs for Frankfurt trade visitors.

Briefly, these three sessions are offered:
Sara Rai on “Women and Literature in Asia Pacific” together with Alice Grünfelder, Chuah Guat Eng, Feby Indirani; Wednesday, noon, Frankfurt Pavilion
New Stories: New Stories: The Future of Storytelling with Martin Zimper, Frederic Martel, and Maggie Ellis, set for 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hall 4.1 N83to R99, THE ARTS+
“The Great Indian Book Bazaar” with Yoda Publishing’s Arpita Das, Naveen Kishore, Kannan Sundaram, Oliver Moystad, Anuj Bahri, Aditi Maheshwari Goyal and Trisha De Niyogi in conversation with Neeta Gupta,  5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the International Stage, Hall 5.1, A128.
This is a first appearance at Frankfurt for Jaipur BookMark programming, and it focuses on diversity in Indian publishing. With more than 9,000 publishers who serve nearly a billion readers, the book trade in India is now valued at US$6.76 billion, according to Nielsen estimates and the information provided in media messaging.





THE ARTS+/ B3 Future of Culture Festival 2019
The festival with a view to the future of culture

ARTS+/B3 is a fair, exhibition and interdisciplinary festival at once, it is a vibrant platform that showcases the potential of digitization and new technologies for the cultural and creative industries while fostering cross-sectoral collaboration.
This year, THE ARTS+ (16 to 20 October) will offer plenty of inspiration to visitors: Shudu, the first digital supermodel; the second Frankfurt Creative AI conference; an exciting programme for and with pioneers of the media and cultural industries, as well as international artists and tech experts. Now in its fourth year, THE ARTS+ has formed a unique partnership with the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, an event organised by the University of Art and Design Offenbach (HfG). As the cooperation between THE ARTS+ and B3 shows, the merging of content between the cultural and media industries in the digital age is running at full speed.

Conferences and think tanks – the “future lab” of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The five-day programme of the Future of Culture Festival includes one conference per day, each with its own focal topic. Each conference will be followed by a think-tank event where the participants get a chance to meet the conference speakers and benefit from their inside knowledge. Holger Volland, founder of THE ARTS+ and Vice President of Frankfurter Buchmesse, will open THE ARTS+ on Wednesday 16 October, together with Professor Bernd Kracke, President of HfG and artistic director of B3. At the opening panel discussion on “Shifting Realities and Desirable Futures”, they will talk to authors, cultural figures and scientists about the potential benefits of art and culture in creating and cultivating a better future.

The first conference on the opening day is entitled “New Rules for Business. Revolutionising the Cultural Economy”. The discussions here will focus on innovative approaches and strategies that have been developed and implemented by cultural institutions and organisations, and by creative (tech) start-ups. The speakers and participants will include Cleo Schoeps, Head of Art Sponsorship Partnership at UBS, Diane Drubay, founder of “We Are Museums” and Francesca Polo, co-founder of Vastari.

The second conference on Thursday, 17 October, will bring together the book industry and related creative sectors to present new highlights in the print and digital fields. Under the heading, “Beyond the Cover. Pushing the Boundaries of Publishing Through Collaboration”, speakers including Elise by Olsen, editor-in-chief of Wallet magazine, and the artist Sheena Calvert will present approaches they take to their work which successfully transcend different sectors, industries and materials.

New technologies have the potential to democratise knowledge, education and culture. On Friday, 18 October, panellists such as Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, the founders of Collecteurs, will speak about new opportunities at the third conference on “Power to the People. How Technology can Facilitate Access to Culture and Empower Audiences”.
“Digitisation has shattered the boundaries between media formats and industries,” explains Holger Volland. “And that has set free an incredible potential for new business with creative content. Artists and media professionals have been given new tools with which to express themselves artistically and innovatively, but they are also increasingly pointing out the dangers and the problems – and we are bringing these people together at THE ARTS+/B3.”

AI conference with the digital supermodel Shudu
The second Frankfurt Creative AI Conference will take place in THE ARTS+ Salon in Hall 4.1, on Friday 18 October, from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. Featuring: Shudu, the world’s first ever digital supermodel, and its creator Cameron-James Wilson. Under the title, “Faking Culture: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Technologies in Art”, a number of prominent international speakers will ask what significance AI and machine learning hold for the future of culture and the creative economy. They include Karen Palmer, digital film producer; Professor Roberto Zicari of the Goethe University Frankfurt; Natalie Weidenfeld, author of “Digital Humanism”; Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini, Senior Manager Robotics & AI with Deutsche Telekom; and Francesca Rossi, the IBM AI Ethics Global Leader.

Focus: Film Networking Day and Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards
We’ll be rolling out the red carpet for the Focus: Film Networking Day, “A Book is a Film is a Game”. On Friday, 18 October, THE ARTS+ Salon in Hall 4.1 will be devoted to film adaptations of literary materials, and to other trends in the field of moving images. Experts from the worlds of publishing, film, games and new media will meet up for best-case studies, panel discussions and matchmaking sessions, together with leading figures of the industry, such as Quirin Berg, producer of the Oscar nominated film “The Lives of Others”.
Moreover, on the evening of Saturday, 19 October, between 8.00 and 10.00 pm, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards will be presented in the Frankfurt Pavilion.

Pooling Creative Forces: THE ARTS+ Innovation Day
On Thursday, 17 October, from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm in THE ARTS+ area, the Börsenverein Group will host THE ARTS+ European Innovation Day. In 2019, the main focus is on using cross-sectora

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