Except numerous festivals around Europe, there are some very popular events and fairs that are worth visiting.
Frankfurt Book Fair
For all book lovers Frankfurt is a place to be in middle October. Frankfurt Book Festival is the largest of its kind in the world with a few hundred thousand visitors in just days. This is the 60th year of the popular event that takes place from October 15-19, 2008. Fair covers all topics and genres; from antiquarian books, fiction, non-fiction, scientific books, comics, children’s books to audio books, film and TV, translations etc. Key focus is put on education and its development for the future.
Every year a Guest of Honour is introduced. For 2008 it is Turkey who takes the role. That’s the opportunity to present its literature, culture and history. This always goes beyond the Book Fair, other events like theater performances, readings, exhibitions, music events and educational courses take place around this time. One day ticket is €18 for students, every day. On special days (Oct 18-19), public visitor’s ticket is €12.
FIAC La Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain = International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Paris
This event gathers 180 international galleries on three exhibition places in Rive Droite of Paris. Le Grand Palais which is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design, La Cour Carrée du Louvre gathers artists of tomorrow and new tendencies, and le Jardin des Tuileries imagined as an open exhibition space for sculptures and installations.
Except this interesting exhibitions, this event lately introduces different performances influenced by theater, dance and music. Programs are held in different places around Paris.
Venice Biennale Architecture
This Biennale is held every two years and lasts for about two months. This year it’s held from September 14 to November 23. Every biennale has a theme for which architecture studios around the world design their projects from biennale to biennale and enter a competition. The award ceremony takes place at the beginning of the event and 10 winning projects + 40 honorable mentions from around the world are displayed as a part of exhibition gathered around one theme; this year’s theme is “Out there, Architecture beyond building”. Visitors can also see various installations, experimental work of numerous international firms.
Biennale encompases a variety of other topics that are presented throught national pavilions. You can take educational guides or participate in concurrent events. Ticket price is €15, for students €6; it is higher only if you incorporate passes for other events.
Stella – European Travelling Advisor