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Stargazing at Frankfurt with stunning New Zealand cultural programme

The Frankfurt Book Fair is only two weeks away and New Zealand’s role as Guest of Honour is heating up.

Today the full cultural programme was announced, highlighting the dozens of writer talks, film screenings, theatre performances and art exhibitions that will  that will be held in and around Frankfurt in the lead-up to the fair which opens on 10 October.

Tanea Heke, project director for New Zealand’s Guest of Honour year says German audiences will see the best of New Zealand culture in all its guises.

“We’ve worked for a year to put together an excellent programme of events, we’re presenting contemporary work from our illustrious writers – poets, historians, academics, fiction and children’s writers – there’s more than 60 of them coming to Frankfurt. We’ve live immersive theatre from Carnival of Souls, an art exhibition held at Frankfurt’s prestigious Kunstverein showing the works of 30 of our artists, dance from the much acclaimed Footnote dance company and award winning kapa haka with Te Matarae I Orehu – and that really is just the tip of the iceberg”.

300,000 people from around the world attend the Frankfurt Book Fair – the world’s largest media content fair – to sell and buy book, film and gaming rights.

As Guest of Honour New Zealand is also presenting itself creatively in a 2500 square metre pavilion within the fairgrounds. The pavilion is being designed by architecture firm Pattersons in collaboration with Inside Out productions and will feature water and a representation of New Zealand’s night sky.

“It’s going to blow people away. The theatre, detail and spectacle of our pavilion will really wow visitors to the fair, we’re so thrilled with the design and creativity that this project has produced”.

A full list of New Zealand events at the fair is available at

Updated on 23rd July 2015