Antwerp Book Fair open to the public

The 82nd Antwerp Book Fair was officially opened on Saturday evening at a ceremony attended by the Flemish Culture Minister Sven Gatz (liberal) and Antwerp’s Flemish nationalist Mayor Bart De Wever. The fair’s organiser Boek.be started implementing a number of measures that will serve to modernise the fair. 

The rejuvenation process should have been completed by 2020. However, a number of changes are already evident at this year’s fair.  The Book Fair wants to pay greater attention to content and focus more strongly on the authors that come to the fair.

For the first time, Belgium’s leading Francophone Book Fair, the “Foire du Livre de Bruxelles” has been given a stand at the Antwerp Book Fair. The Antwerp Book Fair will also have a stand at the “Foire du Livre” that will be held next February in Brussels.  

The Flemish Culture Minister Sven Gatz told journalists that "This is an important cooperation agreement lasting three that will benefit Flemish authors as it will make them more visible where another language is spoken”.   

The book fair has also agreed partnerships with educational institutions. In Science Slam six scientists will try and explain their work to the general public in a language they understand. Students from the Brussels film school RITCS will be making reports for “Book Fair TV” that will be shown on a big screen at the entrance hall to the fair.   

A total of 75 events will be held in the Book-o-drome over the next two weeks. Entrance to the Book Fair that is being held at Antwerp Expo costs 10 euro. The Antwerp Book Fair runs until Sunday 11 November, but is closed on 5, 6 and 7 November.