Lithunia in Bologna

Lithuania – Guest of Honour at the Bologne Children's Book Fair 2011

 The biggest and the most important book fair in the Baltic countries - International Vilnius Book Fair is the main annual meeting place of publishers, book sellers, writers and reading public, it is a well-known cultural activity in Lithuania, important event for both, book-lovers and the trade. The Vilnius Book Fair is one of the main cultural events in Lithuania mainly devoted to the reader, this gives a chance to the Lithuanian and foreign authors to meet their audience live.

Exhibitors of the Fair are represented by publishers, book sellers, joint stands of foreign countries, scientific institutes, publishing centres of universities, public institutions, cultural centres, press and media, museums and galleries, etc.

The distinctive feature of the Vilnius Book Fair is the abundance of cultural events, especially meetings with the well known Lithuanian and foreign writers. Cultural programme attracts thousand of book-lovers from Lithuania and neighbouring countries. Every year the Vilnius Book Fair highlights one concrete topic.


Creative studio “You Can Create a Book”

A unique event that was born at the Vilnius Book Fair in 2002, and is held solely in it. The author of the studio - graphic artist, book artist Sigutė Chlebinskaitė with her team invites visitors of the fair to take part in the creative workshops, readings, meetings with the creators of Lithuanian children's literature, book illustrators from Lithuania and foreign countries. The aim of the studio is to show the development of the book from the ancient times to nowadays, to teach paper production, book binding modes, illustration techniques.

Discussion club

The Vilnius Book Fair Discussion Club adds more intellectual content to the Fair. Events held in the Discussion club are not associated with any specific publishing house or new publication. The well-known Lithuanian and foreign representatives of culture, art and science take part in the club’s discussions.

Art exhibitions

During the Vilnius Book Fair, exhibitions of the works of painters, book illustrators, photographers well-known in Lithuania and foreign countries, video and sound installations, most of which are organised in Lithuania for the first time, are held every year.

Children‘s Hall

Traditionally children have their own place in the Vilnius Book Fair, where they can play freely and the events dedicated for them do not "interfere" with more serious interests of the adults and take place on the specially installed "stage for children".

The Long Friday night ends with music and poetry.

 The exhibition Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration presents 32 most outstanding illustrators of the recent decade and their works displaying a colourful panorama of children’s book illustrations of various genres and styles.

It introduces works by three generations of Lithuanian illustrators. Artists of the senior generation, who started their creative activities in the 8th-9th decade of the 20th century during the Soviet period in Lithuania, have been actively creating in this field until the present days. Many of them are bright personalities acknowledged on the international stage whose works have been appreciated and awarded on numerous occasions; these include Stasys Eidrigevičius, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Rimvydas Kepežinskas, Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, Leonardas Gutauskas, Irena Daukšaitė-Guobienė and others.

A vast majority of Lithuanian children’s book illustrators are artists of the middle generation whose skills developed under the influence of the rich national graphic art and book art traditions. Having lived through the period of fundamental changes in the country, they are unique in their search for an individual style. The most outstanding illustrators of this generation are: Rimantas Rolia, Eglė Gelažiūtė-Petrauskienė, Rolandas Rimkūnas, Eglė Kuckaitė, Agnė Indrė Každailytė (Agnes Indre) and others. Quite a few of them have also tried the art of writing and become both authors and illustrators of children’s books, namely Paulius Juodišius, Marius Jonutis, Laisvydė Šalčiūtė and others.

The exhibition also introduces works by the artists of the young generation. These artists represent the new Lithuanian culture in which a shift is taking place towards the dominance of the visual. Their creative activity has already left a bright trace on Lithuanian book art and illustrations; these include Sigutė Chlebinskaitė, Rasa Jonikaitė (Joni), Lina Dūdaitė, Jurga Šarmavičiūtė, Ieva Juknytė, Vaiva Lingytė and others.

The exhibition invites to take a deeper look at contemporary Lithuanian children’s books, discover their form and illustration trends and get to know the rich Lithuanian children’s literature and its remarkable artists.

Organizers of the Fair

Lithuanian Exhibition Centre LITEXPO,

Lithuanian Publishers Association

International Cultural Programme Centre.

Organizer of cultural programme – The International Cultural Programme Centre / Books from Lithuania.

Cultural programme supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Information on the Fair

Lithuanian Culture Institute
Z. Sierakausko 15
LT- 03105 Vilnius

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