CCBF 2018 takes place from 9th to 11th November at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.
CCBF brings together estimably 300 exhibitors from many professional backgrounds. Over 33,796 people participates in the three-day event this year. Participants include illustrators, designers, publishing houses and agencies, authors, literary agents, translators, content developers, packagers, printers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, education and training institutions, cultural institutions, librarians, teachers and children’s book lovers.
Other than the exhibition itself, the fair offers a wide range of activities. Some of the notable activities are the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition, the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award, the Authors Festival, the Shanghai Visiting International Publishers Programme (SHVIP), other professional seminars and events to promote reading.
This year BolognaFiere/Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) as co-organizer of CCBF. Bologna’s experience brings something new to Shanghai. The Bologna 'factor' enhances the professional side of this Chinese fair. Let’s have a look at what’s in store for you!
Brand New Lounges
Following the well-received experience of the Bologna New Entry Lounge, CCBF is creating this year three brand new Lounges:
- The Asia Pacific New Entry Lounge: a collective space grouping selected publishing houses in the Asia Pacific Area, noted for their editorial program excellence, such as the shortlisted publishers for the BOP- Bologna Prize for the Best Publishers of the Year.
- The BOP – Bologna Prize Lounge: this collective space will be totally dedicated to the worldwide winners of the six years old BOP - Bologna Prize for the Best Publishers of the Year. This Prize, organized by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with AIE - Italian Publishers Association, awards those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the last year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills. At the same time, the prize is designed to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas from among different nations of the world.
- The Strega Prize Lounge: in the last few years Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been paying more and more attention to children’s novel by organizing the Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi which is the children’s literature special section of the most important Italian literary Prize. CCBF will welcome the winners and the shortlisted publishing houses in the Strega Prize Lounge with their wide range of children’s international novels.
Digital, Audiobook and Licensing
Three special focus programs staging the best and renowned experts in the field.
The New Literary Agents Centre
This year, CCBF is also launching a Literary Agents Centre: Literary Agents and Scouts will be welcomed at CCBF in the brand new centre located in the Copyright Zone.
The Illustrators Survival Corner
The most amazing event for illustrators in Bologna is now coming to CCBF with its huge program of red carpet masterclasses, workshops and portfolio reviews. As happens in Bologna, the Illustrators Survival Corner is designed and run by Mimaster, School of Illustration in Milan.
In 2018, CCBF is opening a magnificent new chapter by collaborating with Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF). Organised by BolognaFiere, the BCBF is the largest children’s literature fair in the world and has a history of over 50 years. The involvement of BolognaFiere in CCBF has the aim of further cultivating participation both domestically and internationally in order to consolidate this event in just a few years as a reference event for professionals involved in children’s publishing in China and all of the Asian Far East, an area that has always been particularly rich in high quality publishers, authors and illustrators.
BolognaFiere will be making available to the CCBF its experience and expertise in addition to its own consolidated international network of contacts, with the aim of recreating in Shanghai an event that, like the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, is able to combine high level activities of copyright trading between publishers with opportunities for cultural exchange and professional training through illustration exhibitions, awards and international conferences. In this way it can also provide a fundamental contribution to the development and the establishment on a global level of publishing industry for Chinese children.
Every year, the award winner of the previous Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is invited to create a brand new visual identity for CCBF.
Zhang Fan, one of the two Grand Prix awardees in Golden Pinwheel 2017 has been commissioned to design the visual identity for CCBF 2018. He presents a powerful and unconstrained inner world of children featuring a flying child, gigantic horses, stairs leading up to the moon, and other elements full of freedom and innocence. We all once had a borderless childhood, which only belonged to our dream world. The illustrator wants to express all of these elements of children’s innocence. And one thousand different readers tend to have one thousand different understandings of them.
Zhang Fan, born in Henan Province, China, is now based in Jinan, also known as Lao Gou. He graduated from the Department of Sculpture at Shandong University of Arts. He currently teaches at the Department of Illustration at the same university. In 2017, his work ‘The Flower’ was awarded the Grand Prix of the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators.