Top reasons to visit the Slovenian pavilion at the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair
Slovenia is the Guest of Honour at this year’s edition of the famous Frankfurt Book Fair, which will take place between 18 and 22 October 2023. Slovenia’s presentation will feature a diverse fair and accompanying programme under the imaginative motto A Honeycomb of Words.
Be a part of this prestigious event, which brings together the international literary community! Learn about the literature, culture and art of this pocket-sized European destination that is buzzing with creativity and words.
A Honeycomb of Words
It is no coincidence that Slovenian literature is in the spotlight of this year’s fair. The country lies on the crossroads between a variety of geographical regions, cultures and other influences. Just as bees venture out into the world to return to their hive with their precious nectar, so too have various cultural, artistic and intellectual influences entered the Slovenian language and culture. Authors, writers, poets, illustrators, translators, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and more, all of whom have worked together to build the honeycomb of words showcased in Frankfurt this autumn.
An innovative and inviting fair pavilion
Did you know that more than 93,000 trade visitors (i.e. booksellers, publishers and literary figures) and more than 87,000 private visitors from 106 countries visited last year’s Frankfurt Book Fair? As the Guest of Honour at this year’s fair, Slovenia is putting great emphasis on leaving a great impression on all visitors to its pavilion, designed especially for this occasion. The design is the work of a young architecture bureau, Studio Sadar. You can see a few visuals of the pavilion, which will host an incredibly rich and diverse programme, in the photo gallery.
A rich fair and accompanying programme
The organisers are putting together an exciting and dynamic programme in Frankfurt, showcasing not only the Slovenian literary world, but also other fields of art, as well as Slovenia itself as a tourist destination. The programme will feature a performance by the great Laibach and a special exhibition dedicated to the one and only Alma M. Karlin. The literary events, discussions, presentations of Slovenian works and authors will also be accompanied by numerous opportunities for networking and meeting people. A wide range of events, exhibitions and presentations in both Slovenia and Germany took place before the fair.
Four programme sections
The programme is divided into four main thematic sections. The first section will focus on the Slovenian literary landscape of the past 30 years, while the second will take a look at Slovenian authors on the world stage. The third section will be dedicated to small European publishing markets, and the fourth will highlight the importance of deep reading in the age of screens.
Learn about contemporary and classic production, authors and illustrators
The project Slovenia, Guest of Honour at the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair, features a number of renowned authors and illustrators, including Slavoj Žižek, Drago Jančar, Renata Salecl, Aleš Šteger and Goran Vojnović, with some of the most translated authors from all literary fields making an appearance at the venue in numerous panels, roundtables and readings.
Slovenian culture: legends, pioneers and moderns mystics
The importance and greatness of the project Slovenia, Honorary Guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair, was also recognised by the Slovenian Tourist Board. At the beginning of this year, a literary story was created to launch a new culture video announcing this major event. Slovenia’s honorary function has been highlighted in press releases throughout the year, with a particular focus on the German market. We co-hosted two study tours for German journalists in Slovenia, and authors’ quotes and breath-taking images of Slovenia are being advertised on digital displays in Frankfurt. The STB will offer tourist information at the Slovenian pavilion and stand at the fair itself, and participate in the official opening ceremony and programme. A Slovenian reception will also be held on 17 October in Frankfurt.
Inspiration for various stories about Slovenia
Slovenia is a destination you can experience your own way. If you are looking for a perfect green and safe oasis, you have come to the right place. Slovenia is the green heart at the centre of Europe, where everyone can find something to their taste. You will be hard-pressed to find a place of this size that offers so much. Four different worlds merge into a wonderful symphony that can be felt in the country’s culture, cuisine and natural wonders. Whether you like to walk well-trodden paths or prefer to stray off the main roads, you will find extraordinary beauty and boutique experiences suited to your needs at every turn. We are prepared to offer you the most. We will make sure that your visit to Slovenia is a pleasant and unforgettable one. Discover various stories about culture on the website Slovenia.info!