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Swiss Children’s Books in the Limelight

Bologna 2019

1–4 April 2019

Switzerland as guest of honour at the
Bologna Children’s Books Fair:
Piazza Costituzione 6, Bologna

Activities of the «Bolo-Klub»:
“Scuderia”, Piazza Giuseppe Verdi 2, Bologna

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Switzerland is guest of honour at the 2019 Bologna Children’s Books Fair, the most important trade event for children’s, youth and picture books worldwide. It is a key do for authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers in the field, and this year’s edition is again expected to attract around 27,000 visitors from over 60 countries.

For Switzerland, this represents a unique opportunity to present its vibrant and innovative children’s and youth book scene. The centrepiece of its programme as guest of honour is an exhibition showing the works of 26 contemporary Swiss illustrators. In addition, the «Bolo-Klub», a group of young Swiss artists, will be converting the «Scuderia» in the centre of Bologna into an off-space studio and place of encounter. There are also various cultural events planned at different locations in the city of Bologna before the beginning of the fair itself, including the «Notte del racconto» (storytelling night) in 13 libraries. Numerous Swiss illustrators, authors of children’s books as well as booksellers and publishers will also be making the trip to Bologna.

Switzerland’s programme as guest of honour has been organised by the Swiss Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association (SBVV), with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia as main partner.