Germany’s Guest of Honour Pavilion
Germany opens its 2022 Guest of Honour (GOH) program at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) this year with a 400 sqm booth where 34 German publishers will showcase their titles. Some highlights at the pavilion include the Guest of Honour Stage, a VR installation on Goethe's Faust and beacons where visitors can engage in creative activity.
Ten German authors are being invited to participate in Germany’s cultural programmt as Guest of Honour at ADIBF. Confirmed thus far are Moritz Rinke, Olga Grjasnowa, and Judith Schalansky who will be in discussion with counterparts from the Arab Region. The cultural programme will be focusing on these main topics: Futurelab, Inspiration, Soccer, Translation and (Un)certainties. Artists from Labor Ateliergemeinschaft, an association of freelance designers and illustrators in Frankfurt, will also enliven the programme. These include Anke Kuhl, Kirsten Fabinski and Jörg Mühle who will hold workshops for children and young adults, each morning of the fair from 10-12 am.
As a complement to the ADIBF trade programme, Germany will also hold its own professional programme at the German Pavilion, this one aimed at addressing topics relevant to the Arab market and intending to encourage greater exchange through the matchmaking of international publishers with potential business partners in the Arab world. Twenty or more publishers and authors will participate, including such names as Jo Lendle (Hanser) and Dr Nadja Kneissler (Delius Klasing). The programme will be discussing topics like educational publishing, sustainability in publishing, digitisation etc..
About the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair was established in the 1980s. From 2007 until 2013 it was organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, and grew to be the most international fair in the Arab World. Now run by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, ADIBF is both an important gateway to the region's publishing market and a platform for important cultural policy issues and debates. Germany has been present at ADIBF every year since 2008.
Germany’s Guest of Honour presentation at ADIBF is presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in cooperation with AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry and supported by Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Guest of Honour presentation is organised by LMI – Leipziger Messe International. This year’s cultural programme, jointly organised and implemented by Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, and the German Embassy in Abu Dhabi, is made possible with support from the German Federal Foreign Office.