From 29 November to 7 December 2008 Italy will be Guest of Honour at the 22nd International Book Fair in Guadalajara Mexico, a major cultural event for Latin America and the most important one for Spanish language publishers. And an extraordinary 9-day opportunity to show the wide variety of visitors to this international event Italy’s most emblematic face—that of culture, an exportable excellence that underpins and continuously strengthens our country’s international relations. From publishing to art, theatre to architecture, design to food and wine, Italy’s participation will mingle languages and content in the broad embrace of “Made in Italy” and of that “italianidad” in which Latin America is steeped, organised in a professional, festive and up-to-date manner and promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities, the Ministry of Economic Development and the National Institute of Foreign Trade (ICE) in collaboration with the Association of Italian Publishers (AIE).
As Guest of Honour at the Guadalajara Book Fair Italy will have a 1500 sq.m. pavilion funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and designed by the ICE and featuring a large central bookstore with over 3000 titles by Italian authors and which will provide a showcase for national cultural achievements.
In its own Literary Café the Italian Pavilion will also be the location of the main events associated with books, which will be the heart of a variegated cultural programme including theatre events, concerts, exhibitions, films and scholarly encounters, to be hosted in all most important places in the city. The “Italian Festival” in Guadalajara will also be graced with the presence of some of the most important Italian authors, intellectuals and artists in an encounter with the Spanish language on the Latin American continent.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is handling the most prominent exhibitions on the Italian agenda and is responsible for the entire operational coordination
On Friday 14 November the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, will be opening the conference presenting the 22nd International Book Fair in Guadalajara, at Villa Madama in Rome.