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Bologna cancels in-person events

The organisers of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Licensing Trade Fair and BolognaBookPlus have announced the cancellation of in-person events, due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in Italy and Europe.

After already postponing the events from Bologna’s usual timing in April until June 14–17, BolognaFiere confirmed this year’s events will go ahead in a digital-only format given current lockdowns and travel restrictions.

BolognaFiere president Gianpiero Calzolari said: ‘As international travel remains so uncertain during the continuing global pandemic, and therefore the presence of international participation, the painful decision to postpone the physical fair to 2022 was taken thus allowing us to concentrate on the extensive digital programme in anticipation of meeting in Spring 2022—in Bologna, in person.’

A program of lectures, illustration exhibitions, conferences, seminars, workshops and awards will be hosted online, while the fair’s Global Rights Exchange platform, which launched last year, ‘has been redeveloped and boasts many new features, providing a useful and easy to use 365° tool for the discovery, buying and selling of rights’.


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