What is FILBo?
Since 1988, the Colombian Book Chamber and Corferias have held the Bogota International Book Fair, a successful alliance that has positioned this cultural event as one of the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. For 34 years, they have brought together all the actors in the book chain (authors, editors, proofreaders, translators, distributors, agents and booksellers) who, together with their readers, make up this book ecosystem that grows and strengthens every year.
FILBo has been the most relevant and long-standing cultural event in Colombia and the second largest book fair in Latin America. It brings together political decision makers, opinion leaders, as well as civil society of all ranks, around books, authors and important national and international issues. Among the personalities we have been honored to have are Nobel laureates Svetlana Aleksievich, José Saramago, J.M. Coetzee, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. Other prominent writers that have attended the fair include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joan Tronto, Cees Nooteboom, Gay Talese, Jonathan Safran Foer Gilles Lipovetsky, Gianni Vattimo, and Ryszard Kapuscinski, among many others.
Main Goal 2025: To hold an event with cultural and commercial dynamics around the book and its authors, from Colombia and Latin America, that dynamizes an industry and keeps it in international dialogue, generating conversation about the most important topics for Colombia and the world, and likewise, sales for the world publishing industry.
- Mission: To unite Colombia through the chain of creation and production of books and reading, where cultural and commercial aspects shape the fair and reflect the realities of the country.
- Vision: To make FILBo by 2025 a benchmark for books and reading beyond Latin America, and that it influences reflection on the issues that concern and occupy us.
Goal 2022: Promote the country·s editorial, cultural and intellectual production, the circulation of books and authors, the commercialization of books, and at the same time, encourage new and better readers, promote access to books and different contents for all Colombians, through a massive event that proposes reflection and debate, dialogue and discussion as ways of meeting to know and recognize the other one. We join forces to make Bogota a city of readers and Colombia a country that reads and is read.