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

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.

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About the project

In 2019, Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. As Guest of Honour Norway organised an extensive literary and cultural programme throughout 2019. Both in the German speaking area as well as internationally and in Norway. The project culminated at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in October 2019.

The motto for the project was ‘The Dream We Carry’. It derives from a poem by Olav H. Hauge. It expresses the wish we have that Norwegian literature and arts will open doors to and hearts of an international audience.
Read more about the poem.

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The Frankfurt Team

Norway was Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. NORLA organises the project on behalf of the Norwegian government.

Project Manager was Halldór Gudmundsson, who was reporting to NORLA’s Director Margit Walsø. The other team members were Coordinator Literary Programme Andrine Pollen, Coordinator Cultural Programme Marit Ingvill Sande, PR Officer Sunniva Adam, Project Coordinator Ellen Trautmann Olerud and Project Coordinator Janicken von der Fehr.


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Design: Helge Hjorth Bentsen, NODE Berlin Oslo

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Buchmesse 2019 is the country’s largest overall foreign cultural initiative. The main goals set for the initiative by NORLA were achieved. The goals were to renew the foothold of Norwegian literature in Germany, to create new international interest in Norwegian literature, to showcase Norway as a modern cultural nation and to revitalize the relationship between Norway and Germany through cooperation on literary and cultural projects.