"17,000 Islands of Imagination". With this slogan, Indonesia presented itself as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 14 to 18 October 2015. The Indonesian Pavilion invited visitors on a sensory voyage of discovery through various thematic islands, including comic books, children’s books, old manuscripts, digital knowledge and the culinary arts. Not just author readings and discussions, music, performances and films accompanied visitors on their island journey, but also special children’s programmes and exotic meals.
Also part of the pavilion was the Frankfurt Book Fair’s international book exhibition “Books on Indonesia”, which featured some 850 translations of titles from and to the Indonesian from 180 publishers and 30 countries. Indonesian publishers were present at the fair with a 340-square-meter collective stand in Hall 4.0 as well as with events related to children’s books, comic books, art/design, education and gourmet living.
Over 570 events pertaining to the Guest of Honour were held in the context of the fair. As part of Indonesia’s presence as Guest of Honour, 75 Indonesian authors came to Germany to present their stories and new books. In the German language alone, 142 new titles concerning Indonesia – including 53 works of fiction – were released by 71 publishers.
The mottos and logos of past Guest of Honours 1988-2015:
„Finnland. Cool.“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2014.
60 German-language publishers acquired 215 Finnish titles in the programme. The international book exhibition “Books on Finland” displayed translations of titles from and for Finland – a total of 950 books published by 245 publishers in 35 countries.
„Brazil – A land full of voices“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2013. 130 German publishers presented more than 335 new releases, including 117 fiction titles in their programmes. The international book exhibition "Books on Brazil" was on display in the Guest of Honour pavilion and presented 1060 books from and about Brazil from 309 publishers and 24 countries.
„While you were sleeping“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2012. 104 German publishers included more than 200 new releases in their programme. Some 500 titles from 185 publishers and 21 countries were on display at the international book exhibition "Books on New Zealand", presented at the Guest of Honour pavilion.
„Fabulous Iceland“ was the slogan of the Guest of Honour 2011.
111 German-language publishers presented 230 new titles in their programme. The International Book Exhibition "Books on Iceland" at the Guest of Honour pavilion showed 916 titles from 260 publishers and 20 countries.