From the 1st to 18th of June 2017, APEL will organize the 87th edition of Lisbon Book Fair, which will take place in Parque Eduardo VII, one of the most beautiful open spaces of the city; a central public garden, with an amazing view facing Tagus River. Lisbon Book Fair is an event primarily targeted at the general public, with free entrance, but with an increasing economic interest to the sector. Each year the fair has been growing in a such a way that, in 2016, there are around 125 exhibitors, occupying almost 300 stands. 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. Today, the fair is seen as more than just an event to buy books, but as a wider cultural event people look forward to every year. From a cultural perspective, the fair has become one of the major events in Portugal. In 2016 a total of 1,500 events happened all-over the fair. As an iconic event around books and publishing, Lisbon Book Fair has been chosen by many publishers and associations to host their award ceremonies. Major attention was devoted to children activities in the organization of the book 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, always trying to adapt itself to its participants and visitors’ needs and to the publishing sector’s requirements. In a few words, Lisbon Book Fair is an event that brightens the city for three weeks. Increasing its participants, augmenting its visitors and reaching new levels of high standard book offer, Lisbon Book Fair has learned from the past, is conquering the present and preparing itself for the future.
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