The 61th Bologna Children’s Book Fair is gearing up for its April 8-11 appointment with visitors and exhibitors. And while waiting to welcome the public from all over the world to the halls of BolognaFiere, the fair brings a schedule with several initiatives to the New Delhi World Book Fair. In fact, right here, from February 10 to 18, the final stage of the third edition of the Grand Tour of the Bologna event will be held.
Interest in children’s publishing grows in India
India is a country where a large percentage of the population is made up of children and young people of school age and with a steadily increasing literacy rate. In addition, Indian publishers are increasingly investing in the industry, including using modern technologies to increase its productivity. In this country in 2021, the children’s book segment set a new record with more than 6 million copies sold worth 1.8 billion Indian rupees (average cost of a book 286 rupees, or 3 euros).
This year, for the first time, the 61th Bologna Children’s Book Fair, flanked by BolognaBookPlus aimed at generalist publishing in collaboration with the Italian Publishers Association, arrives in India to meet publishers, authors and illustrators and establish a fruitful exchange of knowledge within the framework of this important trade fair event.
This is the final stage of the Bologna Grand Tour, made possible also thanks to the support of the ICE Agency (Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian companies) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
Meetings and two exhibitions
At New Delhi 61th Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be present with a booth where it will preview, with BBP, the activities planned for the next edition. The meeting will be followed by a live painting performance by Alessandro Martorelli, aka Martoz (cartoonist and street artist, Italy), and Orijit Sen (graphic artist and designer, India), in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New Delhi.
At the fair, the 61st Bologna Children’s Book Fair https://www.bolognachildrensbookfair.com will bring the Illustrators Survival Corner, among the most successful initiatives in collaboration with Mimaster Illustration, which will become the stage for workshops, portfolio reviews, “Ask Me Anything sessions,” and master classes by artists who will talk about their art and professional journey.
Also planned are two exhibitions that will showcase the best of Italian children’s and youth publishing and illustration to the New Delhi public. “Honour List – Putting the World Upside Down” brings together 60 titles representing the best Italian publishing releases dedicated to children and young people, while “Figures for Gianni Rodari. Eccellenze Italiane” presents original works by 21 authors who have given their personal interpretation of Rodari’s work.