CCBF opens a new gateway for picture book people: Say hello to the Illustrators Survival Corner

CCBF is proud to announce a brand new stream of activities fully dedicated to illustration and picture book creation. For two days, the Illustrators Survival Corner will host an ongoing programme of interactive events and seminars exclusively designed for illustrators, picture book editors and anyone professionally interested in the fascinating world of illustrated children’s books.

The Illustrators Survival Corner is a concept brewed in Italy by Milan-based illustration school Mimaster in partnership with Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Started in 2017, it has rapidly become one of the most dynamic programmes of BCBF—more than 4,000 people took part in the Illustrators Survival Corner organised in 2017 at our Italian sister book fair.

The Survival Corner is the place where you can share experiences, successes and doubts about the profession and the market. It’s an area for the seasoned professionals and beginners of the visual communication world. The Mimaster team will come especially from Milan to organise an exceptional programme:

  • Masterclasses to consolidate your knowledge about the industry and open our eyes to new trends
  • 7 creative workshops with illustration masters. Learn tricks from internationally recognised illustrators, improve your skills and efficiency. Participation to workshops is limited to 20 people per session. Please pre-book a seat by writing to us at You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been accepted.
  • Portfolio review session by illustration specialists and worldwide publishers. The full list of top-notch reviewers will be released soon. Portfolio reviews require onsite pre-registration. Please come to the Illustrators Survival Corner welcome counter to check the portfolio review agenda and book your session!
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How to Attend the Illustrator Survival Corner’s Events?

The Illustrators Survival Corner events and the Official Conference Programme are open to all Professional Visitors provided with an Official Conference Pass.

The Professional Visitor Pass allows multiple entrances to the entire period of the Fair. Pre-register for free before 5 Nov 12:00pm (GMT+8). Please click here to register. Professional Visitor Pass is available onsite at 60rmb.

The Official Conference Pass allows unlimited access to the Official Conferences & Seminars and Illustrators Survival Corner official events during the entire period of the Fair. The Official Conference Pass is now on sale. Early bird price (200rmb) available until 5 Nov 12:00pm (GMT+8). Please click here to purchase your Official Conference Pass (via WeChat Pay and Ali Pay). Official Conference Pass is available onsite at 240rmb.

All the Illustrators Survival Corner activities are held in Chinese and English unless it is specified otherwise.

Exhibitors/VIPs/Media Passes grant free access to the Official Conference & Seminars and Illustrators Survival Corner official events. For more details, please contact: