Online Edition
14-17 June 2021

Aldus Up

The European Book Fairs Network

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is part of the Aldus Up project that build upon the successful experience of Aldus, the European Book Fairs network promoting the internationalisation of the book sector and the innovation of book fairs formats.

Aldus Up will develop studies, surveys and initiatives addressing core topics for the book sector: trends and promotion of translations in Europe, changes in reading habits - with particular attention to the impact of digitisation – innovation for books and reading promotion, new models for book fairs to develop and engage with their audience, foster transnational mobility of book professionals and increase inclusivity for specific target groups, in particular visually impaired people, linguistic minorities and migrants.

Publications and information resources developed by Aldus Up are presented in dedicated events hosted by European book fairs and made available online in form of articles, in-depth analyses and studies on the Aldus Up knowledge platform K-HUB, including some exclusive contents for members of the Aldus Community.

Aldus Up - Building Bridges in the Book World – is a large-scale cooperation project co-funded in the framework of Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE). In line with the richness and variety of the European book sector, the Aldus up partnership features both international and domestic book-fairs, national and European publishers’ associations and organisations with consolidated know-how and experiences in the areas of activities addressed by the project. 

Bologna Children's Book Fair & Aldus Up

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair organises a programme of events aimed at promoting Aldus Up’s goals.

Here are the first activities organised in the framework of Aldus Up for BCBF 2021:

Machine Translation & Human Creativity – online International Conference (13 March 2021; on demand 20 March - 30 June 2021) 
A close look at the characteristics, practice and recent results of machine translation of literary works, with special focus on children’s books. Prominent sector specialists take stock of the situation, considering the theory behind ongoing research but also engaging in practical workshops to take an in-depth look at the tools available and the results produced in the field of creative literary texts. 

BolognaRagazzi CrossMedia Award
Bologna Children's Book Fair has decided to reformulate the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award – the digital prize created a decade ago –  to broaden its scope and strengthen its connection with the world of books, establishing an award to select the best publishing projects that expand their narrative universe across different media or that are a narrative extension of a project originated in other media. The International Jury of the Award, composed of experts in interactive and graphic design, new media, video game, film and television works, aims to identify books derived from multimedia projects and narratives originally produced by the world of traditional publishing that have successfully been included or expanded across other platforms such as television, cinema, videogames, mobile devices, or smart speakers.

Content Reigns Supreme. New Digital Landscapes in Publishing and Licensing – online Masterclass (22 April 2021; on demand 29 April-30 June 2021)
What are the different approaches to making children’s content that is engaging and unique? How can you broaden your business through multiple media channels, brands and consumer experience? This online Masterclass combines the rich cross-media expertise of Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Bologna Licensing Trade Fair, from publishing through licensing and digital: an intense day of sessions and insights into the main global trends in children’s content development, reserved for professionals in the publishing, licensing, media, and digital fields.

The Worldwide Illustrators Survival Portfolio – online Portfolio Review (21 June 2021)
24 international reviewers –  illustrators, art directors and agents – will connect in videoconference from all corners of the world to review the portfolios of 240 Illustrators and give them tips on how to proceed on a career path.

BolognaBookPlus Headline International Conference (Live 14 June 2021) 
BBPlus presents its first global general publishing conference, entitled Forging Forward: The Pandemic – An Interruption or An Opportunity to Rethink. 
Co-chairs Bodour Al Qasimi, IPA President, and Richard Charkin, Mensch Publishing, will guide the audience through a packed programme covering the publishing business post-Covid, accessibility, education, inclusivity, changing business models, technological enablement, sustainability, and more. There will be lots of bonus content included, in addition to the main programme. 

BolognaBookPlus Literary Translation Forum (Live 15 June 2021) 
Literature crosses cultures and geographies through the expertise of literary translators, often seen as the unsung heroes in the publishing supply chain. This new Literary Translation Forum shines a light on this important sector. Two eminent translators will take part in a Translation Slam Italian/English, and speakers from around the globe will debate the current challenges and opportunities for those in the business of translating literature. Event’s partners at Words without Borders will help shape this important and compelling event. 

Aldus Up – the European Book Fairs network  – is co-funded in the framework of Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 and coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association (AIE)