France, guest of honor of FILBo 2017
The International Book Fair of Bogota, organized every year by the Colombian Book Chamber, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. In this version, France will occupy the flag of the country guest of honor and will offer a program destined mainly to the young and familiar public. It will be 3000 square meters of a modern pavilion dedicated to children·s literature and comics, with numerous activities proposed around these two themes.
The aim of the pavilion will be to show another facet of French, contemporary and popular literary creation and to present collaborations between French and Colombian artists and authors.
The pavilion, designed by the architect Manuel Villa, will include three bookshops (children·s literature, comics and a general bookstore), a forum for the cycle of conferences, space for workshops, exhibition space, café and restaurant. The libraries, animated and organized by the ACLI (Colombian Association of Independent Bookshops), will propose an important variety of publications, both in Spanish and in French.
The publication support program implemented by the French Embassy and the Institut français allowed translating 18 titles to be presented in the bookstore.