#fbm2022 #SpainFrankfurt2022 #OverflowingCreativity | Spain is the Guest Country of Honor at the 2022 Frankfurt Book Fair, a unique opportunity to present its culture and literature to the world. This participation is organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Directorate General for Books (Ministry of Culture and Sports), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Cervantes Institute and the Federation of the Guild of Publishers of Spain.
Spain was already Guest of Honor 30 years ago, in 1991, and for 2022 it aims to improve the knowledge and interest in Spanish literature abroad. In the Guest of Honor Programme, Spain shows a selection of artistic projects in collaboration with Spanish cultural institutions that are based on five fundamental pillars: bibliodiversity, innovation, linguistic plurality, gender equality and sustainability.
The literary program of Spain Guest of Honor of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 stands out for the diversity of genres represented, from narrative to non-fiction, poetry, or graphic novels, and takes into account both contemporary authors and classics of the Spanish language. It will count with the presence in Frankfurt of more than 70 writers, illustrators, editors and translators, among others. The Spanish proposal focuses on a broad and varied literary program that is developed in collaboration with several institutions in the sector in Germany and Spain.
The cultural programme will be an international showcase for Spanish artists with dance shows, theatre performances, exhibitions, film cycles, musical events, dramatized readings, installations, etc. at different points in Frankfurt, as well as in other German cities. There will also be a Spanish presence at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, with the exhibition 'Under the skin. The moving naturalism of the Spanish baroque" and at Documenta 15, in Kassel, from June 18 to September 25. Starting on May 5, the Berlin Gay Museum presents an exhibition on the LGBTI activist and queer performer José Pérez Ocaña. In theatre, Spanish and German theater professionals meet under the slogan Dramático Weekend Pro for an exchange at the Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid (March 25-27) and Spanish playwrights present their works at Heidelberg's Stückemarkt (March 6 to May 8). On the other hand, Spanish documentary filmmakers will participate in the 4th edition of DOK.fest in Munich (from May 4 to 15), one of the most important documentary film festival in Germany, and, as the culmination of the Berlanga Year, an international seminar will be held in Regensburg and Munich to commemorate the centenary of the great Spanish filmmaker, from May 19 to 21.
One of the main objectives of the project has been to establish lasting links of collaboration between Spanish and German institutions, beyond the presence of Spain as Guest of Honour. A fundamental tool for this is the endowment for the promotion of translation, whose objective is to promote the sale of rights to Spanish titles, not only in Germany, but worldwide.