Biblionet is a unique archive for the registration and organization of Greek book production and at the same time a means of promoting it to the general public. It is a bibliographic database which has been continuously recording the entire Greek publishing production since 1998; it functions as a tool in the hands of the book professionals, from which it was born. At the same time, it is an “open window to the book world”, offering everyone free access to thousands of bibliographic information as well as information on new publications before they even reach bookstores.
Biblionet enables users to search for information on titles, individuals or publishing companies in a variety of alternative ways. All data are interconnected with active links so that it is easy to navigate between fields and use combined information and resources.
Thessaloniki International Book Fair
Unique in its category in Greece, TIBF was first launched in May 2004 with the aim of putting Greece in the map of International Book Fairs. It soon became a hub for cultural exchanges and trade between Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Today it is one of the most important cultural institutions in the country with international recognition. It is organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, TIF-Helexpo, the Ηellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers (HFPB) and the Municipality of Thessaloniki. It is carried out under the supervision and support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Participation of the HFC in International Book Fairs
In the context of the policy pursued by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture for Greek books, their promotion abroad with a series of specific actions is very important. Through a multifaceted approach of the publishing industry, the most complete representation of Greek books in foreign markets is pursued. The Hellenic Foundation for Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, organizes every year the Greek participation in international book fairs around the world: Frankfurt, Bologna, Cairo, Paris, London, Beijing, Moscow, etc. which is enhanced with events proving that the interest in Greek books and Greek literature has not fainted. The HFC, through successful events and collaborations in international book fairs, creates a live workshop for the production of ideas and the research for ways and solutions with the participation of the organizers, publishers, authors, translators and all other contributors.
Children’s and Teen’s book festival
The Hellenic Foundation for Culture welcomes children and teenagers in specially designed spaces in the garden that houses the Foundation at the Bodossaki Mansion, in the heart of Paleo Psychiko, giving them the opportunity to know the world and the richness of books through a program of events that includes book presentations. meetings with authors and illustrators, theatrical and musical events, discussions, workshops, etc. The Festival is held in collaboration with the Regional Directorate and the local Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of the prefecture.
GreekLit: the portal connecting Greek books to the world
Greeklit raises the international profile of Greece’s dynamic publishing sector and of Greek authors through its translation programme and its news feed posting events and news relating to Greek letters.
The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, along with the HFC and the Directorate of Letters, as part of its commitment to initiatives that help disseminate and promote Greek literature and Greek authors internationally, is launching a translation grant programme for the translation of Greek books of all types into other languages.
The programme will include works of contemporary and classic Greek literature, but also works written in Greek in other intellectual, cultural, scientific, academic and artistic fields which could find a place in foreign book markets and contribute to the dissemination of Greece’s cultural heritage and contemporary creativity. Its goal is to highlight the dynamic Greek publishing sector and Greek authors abroad, both through the translation programme and its news feed posting events and news relating to Greek letters.
Parallel programmes such as travel grants and residencies for authors, publishers and other professionals in the sector, as well as a database of book industry professionals, will soon be enriching the Greeklit platform still further.