Preparing for Boekenbeurs ’18

Yes, I’m early. But I’m doing my blog planning for the rest of the year. So I was just cataloging all the upcoming book events I want to write about. And then I saw that they’ve already announced the theme for the Boekenbeurs this year.

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The theme this year is “word”. Hmm, a bit vague, right? Basically, this year’s event will be honoring the word in all of its forms: spoken, written, drawn, printed, whispered, yelled, heard. I do like that! It will be bigger than just books and comics, they’ll be inviting people from the debate world, the art industry, literature and knowledge with experts from all over the years.

Here are some important dates:

  • 27/10: official opening (press, journalists, VIPs, and guests)
  • 28/10: opening for the public
  • 29/10: book awards
  • 31/10: teachers’ day
  • 2/11: nocturne – open to 22h
  • 3/11: family day
  • 5-6-7/11: closed
  • 8-9/11: programme for schools
  • 8/11: nocturne – open to 22h
  • 10/11: young adult day
  • 11/11: peace and war

The organization has also shared some stats:

  • 150.000 expected visitors
  • 12 days: from the 28/10 to 11/11, closed from 5-7/11
  • 16.500 m² of floor space
  • 91.000 book titles
  • 500 organizations
  • 76 booths
  • 340 activities on the several podia
  • 2.300 signing sessions
  • 500 activities at the booths
  • 800 authors present
  • 4 podiums
  • 1 book-o-drome
  • 1 show kitchen

I will definitely be there! I still have to figure out on what dates, but that will depend on which authors will be present. So I’m still waiting on that list to go up.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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