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Guest of honor Spain builds interactive pavilion at book fair

Guest of honor Spain wants to build an interactive pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 19-23). “Thanks to artificial intelligence, the walls fill up like the pages of an oversized book with words and text fragments that can be heard here on the days of the trade fair,” announced the organizers of the guest country appearance in Frankfurt on Wednesday. Flashy colors and lots of light are intended to make the motto of the Guest of Honor appearance, “Sparkling Creativity”, a sensual experience.

Guest of honor Spain wants to build an interactive pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 19-23). “Thanks to artificial intelligence, the walls fill up like the pages of an oversized book with words and text fragments that can be heard here on the days of the trade fair,” announced the organizers of the guest country appearance on Wednesday in Frankfurt on. Flashy colors and lots of light are intended to make the motto of the Guest of Honor appearance, “Sparkling Creativity”, a sensual experience.

Spain is one of the largest book markets in the world with a young readership and a lively publishing landscape, said book fair director Juergen Boos. Around 200 authors are to travel to Frankfurt, including Irene Vallejo and Antonio Muñoz Molina, who will be keynote speakers at the book Fair open. Around 400 new titles will be translated into German before the start of the fair, as project manager Elvira Marco announced.

The delegation reflects the linguistic diversity of the country: in addition to classical Spanish, around a quarter of the guests write in one of the other three official languages, Catalan, Galician and Basque. “We show a creative, dynamic Spain that focuses on new topics,” said Marco: from changing gender roles to urban life and rural exodus to climate change. Spain was already the guest country in Frankfurt in 1991.

Outside of the book fair, Spain wants to present itself in Germany with an extensive cultural program starting in the summer. For example, reproductions of masterpieces from the Prado art museum will be on display in Frankfurt and Berlin. A total of around 200 cultural events are planned.

dpa