The economic, cultural and moral crisis of the recent years has brought into question many things in our European countries: can we really continue to live the same lifestyle as our parents? Do we still like the idea of a unified Europe? The theme of the 27th Turin International Book Fair for these 5 days, “the Good on sight”, will try to fight those negative ideas in order to give hope again to people and to create new values for our society.
The Turin Fair is the biggest book event in Italy and the second in Europe after the Frankfurt Buchmesse. Its 300.000 visitors will have the opportunity to visit the 4 pavilions of the Lingotto Fiere area to search for the perfect book and will have the choice between 1500 exhibitors.
Like each year, the Fair hosts a guest country; the Vatican has been chosen for 2014. The stand of the Holy See will have the shape of a dome made of books with the display of rare and antic manuscripts and letters. There will be a lot of events on the theme of spirituality and religion with the participation of churchmen and meetings between believers and non-believers.
Veneto is the guest region this year. Thus a local author will be introduced each day on the Venetian stand and you’ll see exhibitions on the First World War (from which the Veneto suffered a lot) for its centenary.
They are also a lot of special projects inside the Fair. Among those, the “Casa Cookbook” area which is dedicated to the wine, food and cooking books with, for the first time, a workshop involving the public where volunteers may cook under the orders of renowned chefs.
On the one hand, “Book to the future” will host the 10 best digital publishing start-ups chosen after an international call for applications and, on the other hand, the “Incubatore” will give space to young publishing houses in order to help them make a name in this tough world.
Turin is also the city of chocolate, that’s why the space “Tentazione e meditazione” has 35 chocolate masters attending who will search for the perfect combination between a book page, a chocolate created for the occasion and a great drink. The public will have the opportunity to taste some of the delicious products.
The Fair attaches importance to women’s writing through the “Lingua Madre” contest which rewards each year the Italian text of a foreigner female writer. An event will be dedicated to the contest every day and the awards ceremony will take place the last day of the Fair.
We should mention the “Bookstock Village” which was made on purpose for young readers from 0 to 20 years old but which also includes events for the whole public. There will be for the first time an area for comic strips and graphic novels, which popularity is ultimately increasing on the national and international level, and conferences about themes like Europe or the Good and the Evil.
Note the 8 different workshops offering activities for children and adults on different subjects like sciences, arts, disability, internet and so many others.
Finally, the Turin Book Fair will expand in the whole city from the 29 April to the 17 May for the 11th edition of the Salone Off. There will be 350 events in around 150 locations like theatres, libraries, bookshops, old factories, schools, streets and squares, museums, bars, galleries, stores and parks.
A free Wifi coverage will be available on the fair and you may also download the free app which gathers all the important informations on the event.
See you soon in Turin!
8 May – 12 May
Thursday, Sunday, Monday: 10:00-22:00
Friday, Saturday: 10:00-23:00
Full ticket: 10.00€ ; Reduced ticket: 8.00€
For more information, visit the official website of the Turin International Book Fair.
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