The International Book Fair in Thessaloniki is by far one of the most important events in the country. It is an annual event that has been going on for more than 10 years and is organised by the International Exhibition and Congress Center Helexpo SA in Thessaloniki. This year, the fair takes place from the 12th until the 15th of May, that is the second weekend of the month. The fair occupies the large Helexpo exhibition space as every year with hundreds of publication agencies from around the globe that exhibit thousands of different books.
The fair is organised in small stalls, each of which represents one different publisher and visitors can browse and explore the books before they buy them.The fair does not only features thousands of books covering a huge range of subjects but also has special events where invited speakers and literary figures give talks about their works and books. On top of that, within the framework of the fair, various interactive events are organised in which visitors can participate. In the fair, there are also many official representatives from famous education institutes and embassies who can assist visitors with information about their publications and institutions. The literary works come mainly from Greece, the Balkans, Western Europe, the South-Eastern Mediterranean but from other parts of the world as well.
Museums and other art centers also expose books and provide information about artists and exhibitions as well as other extracurricular activities that happen in the city as parallel actions. This year, a special part of the fair is devoted to Russia and a contemporary thematic exhibition called “Refugees, Then and Now” has been organised in an effort to address current global issues. The fair also also features the 3rd Young Writers’ Festival and the Translation Festival.
Entrance is free and all ages are acceptable. The fair is also very interesting for children with many illustrated educational books. The fair is accessible on foot from the center of Thessaloniki but also many buses drive there from all the parts of the city.
For more information, please visit the official website: thessalonikibookfair.gr