Once a year, the Frankfurt Book Fair becomes the Global City of Ideas: the most important international trading place for content, from novels and children’s books to academic databases. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative industries, such as film and games; it is here that new cooperation agreements and business models find their first inspiration. At the same time, it’s also a huge cultural event which, for five days every year, turns Frankfurt on the Main into the centre of the international media world. The book fair has long maintained an ardent commitment to the idea of “crossing borders”. For more than 20 years, in its B2B activities, Frankfurt has been open to the digital transition and it’s constantly developing new services and products, such as the Self-Publishing Area, and the Frankfurt Hot Spots – the meeting places for digital innovators. Frankfurt has also been transcending borders since 1976 with its biggest crowd-puller: the invitation to a different country each year to be the Guest of Honour. As part of its year as Guest of Honour, every country also organizes an extensive international translation funding programme. With the launch of the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse now offers the ideal business environment for companies, publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. A prestigious programme of conferences ensures that Frankfurt is the leading source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. During the week of the book fair, national and international events are held, addressing the major topics of the industry. These include the International Rights Directors Meeting (RDM). Other elements of the Business Club include networking, consulting, guided tours and business lounges. One of the innovations of the 2016 edition is The ARTS+, the first trade fair for digital cultural content. The premiere comprised five days of a “fair within a fair” as well as an international conference featuring many prominent personalities. THE ARTS+ aims at exploiting the potential of digitisation for the creative economy, and to develop new business ideas. Alongside an impressive range of exhibitors, an array of international artists, opinion leaders and industry experts showcased activities in such areas as museums and galleries, architecture and design and brands and agencies.
Aldus is the European Book Fairs’ network, offering book professionals new opportunities to develop their careers internationally, building capacities and collaboration opportunities through dedicated events, professional content resources, networking and training activities.