Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019!

Karl ove knausgård and director of frankfurter buchmesse juergen boos on the main stage of the norwegian guest of honour pavilion photo sabine felber
Karl Ove Knausgård and Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse Juergen Boos on the main stage of the Norwegian Guest of Honour Pavilion. Photo: Sabine Felber.

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019.
The Guest of Honour project comprised hundreds of activities in the German speaking area throughout 2019, and culminated at the book fair in October 2019.

NORLA was in charge of the process and cooperated closely with authors, publishing houses, literary agents, art institutions, our network Norwegian Arts Abroad and other cultural entities. Together we presented a solid and attractive Guest of Honour program.

The Norwegian Guest of Honour Pavilion, designed by LCLA office and Manthey Kula, is nominated for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 at a glance
Summary of Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

Report and evaluation
In June 2020, NORLA presented its report on the Guest of Honour project.
Read more.
And in December 2020, an external evaluation of the Guest of Honour project concluded that the Guest of Honour project was successful. The evaluation was carried out by Economics Norway (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse) on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.
Read more about the evaluation here (the report itself is available in Norwegian only).

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See the program for the main stage of the Guest of Honour Pavilion here and read more about the cultural programme here.

Please visit our project website Norway2019.com for information about the project, calendar of events and news.

The Facebook page for the project was called Norwegen2019, you can visit the page here.

On Instagram we shared updates on our daily work. You may also get a feel from the very midst of the busy Fair by looking at our Insta-stories: Part 1 and Part 2.

Below you may download the Norwegian Bid book (“søknad”) Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019.

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Foreign missions take part in the Frankfurt project

2017-12-12
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The Norwegian foreign missions have an important role in the Frankfurt project. The Embassy in Rome is one of the foreign missions who are doing their part to put Norwegian literature on the international agenda.

Greetings from our Frankfurt team

2017-11-03
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Now that things have calmed down after the Frankfurt Book Fair we are busy harvesting the fruits of a hectic week of meetings, idea development and establishing collaborations in preparation for Frankfurt 2019. In just a year’s time it will happen: Norway will take over the role as Guest of Honour after Georgia and we will embark on the most important year ever in the history of the export of Norwegian literature.

First trip to Frankfurt

2017-11-02
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When you visit Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time, it’s handy to go along with colleagues who’ve already been there before. And it’s particularly handy to be there with colleagues who are very tall or who dash around in colourful, polka-dotted coats that make them easy to spot in a crowd. Because the site of the fair is just as enormous as everybody told you, it’s full to the brim with publishing people from all over the world – and the tempo is higher than you could ever have imagined.

First meeting of the Frankfurt 2019 brainstorming group for children's and young adult literature

2017-10-31
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One important aim when Norway is guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019 will be the promotion and highlighting of Norwegian children’s and YA literature – which is among the best we have to offer!
NORLA has set up a brainstorming group to help us come up with great ideas about what we can and should do to make as much as possible out of the whole event; it will be holding its inaugural meeting today!

The participants are:
Kristin Jobraaten (Ena publishing), Taran L. Bjørnstad (NBU, Norwegian Writers For Children), Birgitte Eek (NBI, The Norwegian Institute for Children’s Books), Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Bjørn F. Rørvik and Stian Hole. Heading the group is NORLA’s Andrine Pollen, Coordinator Literary Programme Frankfurt 2019.

We are looking forward to cooperating with this great group and establishing wonderful ideas for the guest of honour program for children and young adults.

Greetings from the Frankfurt team

2017-10-06
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As of today, only 452 days remain until 1 January 2019. Starting on this day, Norway has Guest of Honour status in connection with the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Throughout the entirety of 2019 Norwegian literature and culture will be spotlighted in Germany. How we look forward to this!

NORLA’s Frankfurt 2019 team is complete

2017-08-08
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From the left Sunniva Adam and Ellen Olerud. Photo: Hege Langrusten

The team for Norway as Guest of Honour in Frankfurt in 2019 has acquired two new colleagues and the line-up is thereby in place for NORLA’s big project:

Summer greetings from our director Margit Walsø and project manager Halldor Gudmundsson

2017-06-23
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This past spring has been perhaps the most labour-intensive in NORLA’s history. A great deal has happened – particularly when it comes to Norway’s role as guest of honour at Frankfurt 2019:

The Frankfurt team was set up on 1 March, with a project manager, a coordinator for the literary programme and a coordinator for the cultural programme. And the first thing they focused on was presenting a broad range of Norwegian literature for translation to relevant publishers, and setting in motion potential collaborative projects for the cultural programme.

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International publishers visiting Norway to prepare for 2019

2017-05-24
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Twelve international publishers from Germany, the United Kingdom and USA visited Oslo May 2 – 5.
It was a true pleasure to welcome our guests to Norway, and to show them some of the best literary voices Norway has to offer!

All of four editors of Karl Ove Knausgård’s books were invited to attend the opening of the Munch exhibition «Towards the Forest» («Mot skogen») which is curated by Knausgård.
The guests also visited Norwegian publishing houses and literary institutions. In addition to meeting with Norwegian authors, they also met editors and literary agents for a full three days.

We are off to a brilliant start!

2017-04-27
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In the end of April, NORLA invited stakeholders to take part in a planning and input conference for Norway as Guest of Honour nation in Frankfurt 2019. We are pleased that 250 participants from the literature trade and cultural life took part in sounding the starting shot for the project – which will be the largest ever Norwegian cultural initiative abroad.

Conference in Oslo: Norway as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

2017-04-06
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Norway will be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019.

Programme for NORLA’s Planning and Input Conference, Wednesday 26 April 2017
Sentralen (Marmorsalen), Øvre Slottsgt. 3, Oslo

PROGRAMME

Books from Norway provides you with English-language information about all genres of Norwegian literature. The information is provided by the rightsholders and NORLA.

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Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website Norway2019.com for information about the project.

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