Join us and discover CCBF's fantastic events during BCBF!

The world well-known Bologna Children's Book Fair (BCBF) is gearing up for its 56th edition from April 1st to 4th, 2019. The total exhibition area this year will be added up to 33,000 sqm thanks to new pavilions 29 and 30 came into service. For the first time, China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF) will participate at BCBF with the stand in Pavilion 29 to show its presence in global children's book family.

Co-organised with BCBF, CCBF creates a series of fantastic on-site events providing you latest insights and trends. You are warmly welcome to join us!

Welcome To The Chinese Market: The Great Home for Children's Content
1st April 2019, 13:00-14:30
Sala Concerto, Services Centre, Wing D, BolognaFiere
Organised by
Bologna Children's Book Fair
China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair
China Publishers Magazine

China: A Huge Market for Children's Books
As the special issue of the China Publishers magazine is launched (resulting from a collaboration between China Publishers and BCBF) with an in-depth market survey presented to the audience. This meeting is an event focused on the children's publishing scene in China, one of the most thriving markets worldwide. The panel includes the participation of Chinese and International publishers and a special preview of the 7th edition of CCBF - of which BolognaFiere is the co-organiser - scheduled from November 15-17, 2019 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

13:00 Welcome Regards

Marco Momoli, Commercial Director of BolognaFiere Spa (Italy)
13:10 Report of 2018 China's Children's Publishing Industry
Ren Dianshun, Editor in Chief of China Publishers Magazine, Researcher of China South Publishing & Media Group (China)
13:40 The Experience of Business Relationship Between International Publishers & Chinese Publishers
Bai Bing, Editor-in-Chief of Jieli Publishing House (China)
Wu Ying, Deputy Chief Editor of Zhejiang Juvenile and Children's Publishing House (China)
Deirdre McDermott, Publisher and Creative Director of Walker Books Ltd. (UK)
14:10 Why Do You Need To Be at China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair?
Donna Chai, General Manager of Ronbo BolognaFiere Shanghai Ltd. (China)

* The event will be held in English. Light lunch provided.

The CCBF Illustrators Survival Corner was the concept brewed from BCBF. Hence, in BCBF Illustrators Survival Corner at Pavilion 30 Area Purple, CCBF will host a theme show and 3 events for illustrators to share creation inspiration.

Exhibition: Shanghai Impressions—Visual Travels through a Chinese Metropolis
1st-4th April 2019
BCBF Illustrators Survival Corner

Last November, CCBF selected three Spanish illustrators - Joan Negrescolor (Barcelona, 1978), Miguel Pang Ly (Barcelona, 1980) and Adolfo Serra (Teruel, 1980), among the most promising ones of their generation to spend ten days in Shanghai as artists-in-residence, with the mission to turn the city into their creative playfield.

Ten days of walks through Shanghai's bustling avenues and hidden alleys resulted in artworks - both personal creations and collective endeavours - of which a selection is exhibited in Bologna. The exhibition Shanghai Impressions is therefore another manifestation of the growing connections between Bologna and Shanghai as heartlands of quality children's creation.

Chinese Contemporary Illustration: The World of Heimi
1st April 2019 11:30-12:45
BCBF Illustrators Survival Corner
With Heimi, Illustrator (China) and the special participation of Carolina Ballester (Spainsh)

Last November, Chinese artist Heimi won the most important prize in the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition—the Grand Award, a double prize given to the best foreign and Chinese artists in competition. 

In spite of her young age, Hei Mi's powerful and intense style has conquered more than one jury around the planet. Her very first picture book Braids earned her a Golden Apple at the 2015 Biennal of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), before becoming one of the best-selling original picture books in China.

A secret door to the intimate world of a promising Chinese illustrator, the event will feature Heimi and Carolina Ballester who is CCBF's international programme manager.

* The event will be held in Chinese with English translation.

Raquel Bonita and CCBF: the Making of a Visual Identity 
3rd April 2019 14:15-15:00
BCBF Illustrators Survival Corner
With Raquel Bonita, Illustrator (Spain)

Every year, CCBF undergoes a visual makeover in order to bring freshness and novelty to its image. For its 2019 edition, CCBF entrusted the design of its new key visual to Spanish illustrator Raquel Bonita, who winner of a Special Mention in the 2018 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition. Who is the artist behind it and what does it take to conceive a visual identity?  Raquel Bonita (Gijón, 1984) will tell us all about it.

* The event will be held in English.

"Shanghai Impressions—Visual Travels through a Chinese Metropolis" Exhibition Presentation
3rd April 2019 16:00-16:50
BCBF Illustrators Survival Corner

With Joan Negrescolor, Miguel Pang Ly and Adolfo Serra, Illustrators (Spain)

Participating in CCBF's artists-in-residence program, three selected Spanish illustrators will give the presentation on their "Shanghai Impressions—Visual Travels through a Chinese Metropolis" exhibition and talk about the creative and human experiences they gathered in Shanghai.

Seasoned travellers and keen observers of their urban environment, Joan Negrescolor, Miguel Pang Ly and Adolfo Serra drew an amusing yet insightful portrait of Shanghai, with Chinese traditional materials - coloured inks, rice papers - and formats - scrolls, accordion sketchbooks - as pillars of their creative process. This overthrows visual clichés and unveils the most human aspects of the gigantic metropolis-Shanghai.

* The event will be held in English.

Save the dates of these must-attend events to your visit schedule. Drop in CCBF stand at the entrance of Pavilion 29 for more information. See you soon in Bologna!