Tradition and modernity. Culture as a meeting place

Proud of the past with an eye to the future: From 16 to 20 October 2024, Italy will be the Guest of Honour at the International Frankfurt Book Fair. The last time this was the case was in 1988. At that time, being the guest country represented the culmination of a golden era in Italian literature.

Looking back on its glorious past, but equally determined to always look forward, Italy is once again preparing to become a host country, with a motto that represents the secret of its success: “Roots in the future”.

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Concert: La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly at the Berlin Musikfest

La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Riccardo Chailly will arrive at Berlin Philharmonic Hall as part of the Berlin Musikfest, the most important event on the German music scene, with a tribute to the great music of the twentieth century.
Arena di Verona

Concert: Arias of Giacomo Puccini with the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona

At the opening of the Book Fair, the prestigious Alte Oper theatre in Frankfurt will host an extraordinary event. In celebration of Giacomo Puccini’s centenary and Italy's appearance as Guest of Honour at the Book Fair after 36 years, the orchestra of the Arena di Verona will perform a tribute to the great composer together with some of the finest Italian voices.
Sparagna Ballo

Concert: Taranta of Love and Italian Dances

With Maestro Ambrogio Sparagna, the Orchestra Popolare Italiana and the Corpo di Ballo Popolare of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome
Oper house Frankfurt with posters
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Opera: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Hendrik Müller and conducted by Giuseppe Mentuccia

Work in three acts, booklet by Francesco Maria Piave, after a play by Victor Hugo (1851).
Festhalle Frankfurt am Main
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Grand finale at the Festhalle: Il Volo – Live in concert 2024

Grand finale of the Italian presence in Frankfurt at the 2024 edition of the Buchmesse with passion, romance and emotion.

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Destination Frankfurt: where novels, music and singing meet

Music and words: a marriage that has given birth to one of the world’s most cherished forms of artistic expression – lyric opera.

Italy Guest of Honour 2024 and music as literature of the heart

Music is literature of the heart, it is stenography of the emotions, say poets. Music and literature have come together since the beginning of our tradition: from classical poems to medieval ballads to the grand opera season, Italy has been the cradle of the world’s music culture.
Mazza and Rolando chatting

Destination Frankfurt: culture is the opposite of solitude

“Imaginary Life” was chosen as the title of the 36th Turin International Book Fair, another important milestone on the Italy Guest of Honour 2024 journey with “Destination Frankfurt”.
Amedeo Modigliani, Elena Povolozky, 1917

A tryptich exhibition of the works of Puccini, Modigliani and Liebermann highlights the wealth of Italian culture

Three major exhibitions promoted by the Italian Embassy in Berlin confirm an interest in Italian music, art and culture in Germany, with a multimedia show on Puccini, a personal Modigliani exhibit and one dedicated to Max Lieberman's Italy.
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Publishing trends

Frankfurt calls, and now also answers in German

Thanks to the new version of the platform for launching Italian books abroad, engaging in dialogue with the German-speaking world is now even easier.
young woman reading a book
Publishing trends

New releases in translation (December 2023 to March 2024)

From rediscovered literary classics to graphic novels.
Books hanging on display in Bologna Children's Book Fair
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Bologna Children's Book Fair. An interview with Elena Pasoli

According to data from the Italian Publishers Association (AIE), more than one in three translation rights sold abroad concern children’s and young people's books. We spoke with Elena Pasoli from Bologna’s Children’s Book Fair about the characteristics of the Italian children’s publishing.
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Mattotti’s calla lily blooms in Bologna and projects Italy into Frankfurt 2024

A preview of Frankfurt in Bologna. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024 enthusiastically projects us towards the Frankfurt Book Fair 2024, the Fair's 76th edition, which will see Italy as Guest of Honour.
Kinder- und Jugendliteratur im Aufwind
Publishing trends

Continued growth of publishing for children and young people

The domestic market is expanding in terms of copies sold and their sales value. One in three translation rights sold worldwide relate to this sector.