Lisbon Book Fair continues to impose itself as the major cultural event of the city, and APEL is pleased to perceive a growing dynamism and renewed commitment by Lisbon’s municipality, publishers and booksellers, as well as a rising enthusiasm from the general public. The fair remains as an event primarily targeted at the general public, with free entrance, but with an increasing interest from other economic sectors. 2018 edition, once again promoted by APEL, is taking place from the 25th May to 13th of June, in Parque Eduardo VII, one of the most beautiful open spaces of the city.
The fair continues to grow in dimension and visitors. In 2018, 2,000 additional square meters were occupied, where 125 exhibitors representing more than 626 imprints got distributed in nearly 300 stands, while the event was visited by more than 500,000 people. Although there are a few international imprints represented in the book fair, the main core of this event is to promote Portuguese authors and publishers.
The cultural program its quite extensive and diverse, more than 1600 events happened and more than 1100 authors were on the Fair. Today, the fair is seen as more than just an event to buy books, but as a wider cultural event that people look forward to every year. APEL has been organizing a special activity for kids between 8 and 10 years old – Acampar com Histórias. The main goal is to plant an early seed for children to cultivate the taste for books and reading. This activity is a combined organization with the Lisbon Libraries Network, one of the institutions that closely operate in the book fair. The 2018 edition of Lisbon Book Fair was also punctuated by a different initiative: the event Portugal Cookbook Fair. Considering its generalist essence, Lisbon Book Fair doesn’t have a specific area dedicated to professionals, nor a B2B spot. Nevertheless, this is a dynamic event, a concept in constant development.
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