German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to attend the 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse

Festive opening of the Frankfurt Pavilion with Croatian writer Ivana Sajko and Belgian author Stefan Hertmans

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will attend the 70th Frankfurter Buchmesse: In a festive ceremony on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, he will open the Frankfurt Pavilion, a new, iconic event venue at the book fair.

Under the title “On Opining. How to Defend Freedom in Turbulent Times”, the Federal President will speak with Croatian author Ivana Sajko, the recipient of this year’s International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Belgian writer Stefan Hertmans (War and Turpentine, De bekeerlinge), whose award-winning work was most recently honoured with the Flemish State Prize for Narrative Prose. Michaela Kolster, Programme Director for ZDF-PHOENIX, will moderate the discussion.

Populism and extreme views stoke fears and create bogeymen. In this discussion, the Federal President and his guests will explore which ideals form the basic framework of a free society, and how people in these societies can develop and put into practice a constructive attitude.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, at 10.00 am in the Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora on the exhibition grounds).

Participation for visitors to the book fair is by personal invitation only.

Attention editorial offices:
Registration for this event will only be accepted until noon (UTC+02:00) on Monday, 8 October 2018. NB: The number of participants is limited.

Journalists with technical equipment (film, photo, radio) are requested to please register with their surname, first name, date and place of birth and medium at the following link: https://en.xing-events.com/PAQETLX.html

Journalists without technical equipment (print and online media), please register here: https://en.xing-events.com/OYOQAIJ.html

The contact persons for this event are Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, (tel.: 069 2102-138, press@book-fair.com) and Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, (tel.: 069 2102-170, press@book-fair.com)

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