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15 October 2019   |   Edition:324
Opening-Press Conference 2019

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

Stage being prepared for the Seagull Book launch with Goethe- Institut

1. Seagull books in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, is launching "The Seagull Library of German Literature" 

To mark this proud occasion, Dr. Berthold Franke, Regional Director, Goethe-Institut, South Asia along with Naveen Kishore, Publisher, Seagull Books and Sunandini Banerjee, Senior Editor and Designer, Seagull Books will uveil the first 25 titles in this series at the #fbm19 on 16 October 2019 between 5 pm and 6 pm at the ARTS+ stage in Gall 4.1

Be there!

2. Female Writing in Asia
Wednesday 16 October | 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm | Frankfurt Pavilion, Agora
A discussion among writers from Malaysia, India and Indonesia discuss their writing, stereotypes in literature and their position as woman writers with Alice Grunfelder
• Feby Indrani
• Sara Rai
• Chuah Gaut Eng

3. The Great Indian Book Bazar
Wednesday 17 October | 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm | the International Stage, Hall 5.1

Jaipur BookMark comes to Frankfurt Buchmesse 2019 for the very first time to celebrate the 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 U$D 6.76 billion, according to Nielsen estimates. Publishers and booksellers from across India share their success mantras with Neeta Gupta.
• Arpita Das
• Naveen Kishore
• Kannan Sundaram

THE ARTS+/ B3 Future of Culture Festival 2019

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. 

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. 

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. To know more, visit.

Focus: Film Networking Day and Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards
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. Know more.
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. Innovation Day will build on the “European Manifesto on Supporting Innovation for Culture and Creative Sectors”, which was developed and published in 2018 by 14 European partners.

Future of Culture Festival- #fbm19

Stage setting up for the ARTS+/B3 at the #fbm19

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