Come to Katowice
The Silesian Book Fair is a vibrant national cultural event addressed to the fans of literature – readers, as well as all professional groups involved in creating and promoting books – authors, translators, publishers, printers, booksellers, librarians, literary critics, journalists and bloggers. Katowice is the Fair’s Host City, the company Targi Książki is its know-how partner, and Murator EXPO is the executive organiser.
A successful debut
The first edition of the Silesian Book Fair was a spectacular success: it gathered more than 30,000 visitors, 140 exhibitors and 60 authors, it received hundreds of reports in the media as well as positive opinions from exhibitors, readers and authors alike, which further confirmed that the Katowice Fair has become another important location on the map of literary events.
The Fair offers a rich programme of professional meetings, seminars and conferences devoted to the current issues in the publishing market as well as an attractive programme setting for a broad audience. Its main assets further include meetings with authors, discussions and literary debates, workshops, competitions, as well as games and literary/artistic activities for children.
The promotion of the Silesian Book Fair includes cooperation with professional media as well as with popular media addressed to a broad audience throughout Poland but especially to enthusiasts of literature from Katowice and from Silesia in general. We are also taking advantage of popular and effective online tools and social media. The promotional campaign of the Silesian Book Fair is based on marketing activities successfully applied by Murator EXPO in the promotion of fair events, including the Warsaw Book Fair.
Patrons and partners
The patrons of the Silesian Book Fair include municipal and regional authorities: the President of Katowice and the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, as well as the Director of the Silesian Library and the Polish Book Publishers Association, Polish Chamber of Books, Polish Chamber of Press Publishers, Polish Association of Writers and Composers (ZAiKS), Polish Librarians Association, Polish Booksellers Association, Polish Chamber of Booksellers, Polish Chamber of Printing, Catholic Publishers Association, Association of Publishers of Historical Books, University Publishers Association, Polish Writers' Union, Association of Polish Writers, Polish Association of Translators and Interpreters, Literary Translators Association, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
The venue’s potential and class
The building of the International Congress Centre in Katowice is a multipurpose public venue. It is very modern but at the same time friendly and functional. It has excellent location and good transport connections, and in technical terms it meets all the requirements for organising top-quality international exhibition events. It was designed by JEMS Architekci, and its designers recently received the 2015 Architectural Award Grand Prix of the magazine Polityka. Experts unanimously highlight the exceptional functional transparency of this congress, concert and exhibition complex. It is impossible to get lost there; the spatial arrangement is very clear and easy to navigate. This was the opinion voiced by all the participants in last year’s Silesian Book Fair.
Murator EXPO is an experienced Warsaw-based organiser of trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences, one of the leaders in the Polish exhibition industry – in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors as well as the quality of the services provided.
In 2015, the literary fairs and outdoor festivals organised by Murator EXPO were attended by 220,000 visitors and 2500 exhibitors. Murator EXPO’s fairs have rich and diverse programmes and are accompanied by lectures, free expert advice, seminars, debates and professional meetings, discussions, workshops, performances and shows.
Our offer includes events related to, for example:
- the publishing sector (Warsaw Book Fair, Seaside Readership Festival in Gdynia, The Literary Park in Szczecin, Silesian Book Fair in Katowice)
- the water sports and recreation industry (Warsaw Boat Show WIND AND WATER in Warsaw, Water Sports Fair and Sailing Festival WIND and WATER in Gdynia)
- the real estate market (New HOUSE New APARTMENT in Warsaw, Gdansk, Gdynia and Wroclaw)
Murator EXPO is part of the ZPR Media Group – one of the most dynamically developing media groups in Poland. At present, the ZPR Media Group is one of the major press publishers, radio and television broadcasters as well as website owners in Poland. In addition, its activities include organisation of events and concerts.
The company Targi Książki has been very active since 2010 in the field of promoting books and reading in Poland, and it also promotes the offer of Polish publishers abroad. The company organizes the largest event in Poland in terms of the number of exhibitors – the Warsaw Book Fair, as well as the know-how partner of the Literary Festival “Re-discover Books” in Szczecin, Seaside Readership Festival in Gdynia and the Silesian Book Fair in Katowice. In total, in 2015 these events were attended by 1120 exhibitors, 921 authors and almost 130,000 visitors.
The 7th Warsaw Book Fair, which ended less than three weeks ago, gathered 815 exhibitors from 25 countries, 1017 authors and more than 70,000 visitors. Moreover, compared to the previous year the Fair was visited by twice as many organised groups of children and teenagers – 7054 individuals from 241 schools, kindergartens and other didactic institutions, which is a very optimistic fact. The Guest of Honour of the WBF 2016 was Hungary, and its Special Guest was Barcelona and Catalan literature.
Today we are inviting everyone to the third edition of the Silesian Book Fair, to be held between 10 and 12 November 2017 in the most modern exhibition venue in Poland – the International Congress Centre in the very heart of Katowice.
The Third Silesian Book Fair 2017
Dates: 10-12 November 2017
Location: Katowice International Congress Center
Co-Host City: Katowice
Content Partner: Targi Książki
Executive organizer: Murator EXPO
Contact: Agnieszka Ziemiańska 22/ 829 66 96, +48 660 448 591; ;