T he Thessaloniki International Book Fair is an institution that has changed the landscape of the book industry in our country and constitutes a meeting point for professionals as well as book lovers from Greece and abroad.
The Thessaloniki Book Fair opened in May 2004 and set a new objective: to place Greece on the map of the international book fairs by creating a new keystone of cultural and commercial exchanges in the field of global publishing production. A new perspective for the Greek book was born in Thessaloniki that year.
T he Thessaloniki International Book Fair is undoubtedly the most important annual event for the book and the professionals of the publishing industry organized in our country.
Hundreds of publishers, writers, translators, literary agents, journalists, booksellers, librarians, academics, institutions, bodies and organizations for the book from Greece, the Balkans, Western Europe, South-Eastern Mediterranean and from all over the world visit the TBF every year so as to get informed, to attend its events, to meet and discuss.
The Thessaloniki International Book Fair is an invitation on behalf of the world of books to all book lovers to participate in this four-day festival, which is dedicated to the books, to the authors, to the publishers and to the pleasure of reading. It has been estimated that more than 60.000 bibliophiles from every part of the country visit the Book Fair every year.
Being the fruit of the successful cooperation of the National Book Centre (EKEBI) with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, HELEXPO, the Panhellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki International Book Fair has managed from a very early stage to win the triple bet: to become at the same time the national cultural event for the book, an indispensable tool for the Greek professionals, and a new international event.
Since 2014, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture has succeeded the National Book Centre (EKEBI) to the organization of the TBF, and Greece stages an International Book Fair that is worthy of its name as it is renown both on the European and the international level; a Book Fair that hosts and is hosted in other countries. In spite of being organized within the grip of the economic crisis, the Thessaloniki International Book Fair has laid the necessary foundations for promoting the international future of the Greek book.