Entitled “Going Full Circle”, the Publishers’ Forum 2019 is concerned above all with the strategic conflict in publishing: Risk diversifying more, or concentrate on the core business? The Publishers’ Forum aims to focus on the pressure to make decisions, paradoxical demands and disputed options in the content business, and to look beyond the limits of the traditional publishing industry and book trade to other relevant industries.

“This wish to look beyond the publishing industry was just the right link for us to pursue a programmatic partnership with the Publishers’ Forum. After all, for three years now, with THE ARTS+, our festival dedicated to the future of the creative and cultural industries, we’ve been bringing together the creative minds and pioneers of the new, digital ecosystem, shedding light on topics such as AI and VR, amongst others, from all sides of the creative industry”, explains Holger Volland, Founder of THE ARTS+ and Vice President of the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

NOT ALONE – HOW INNOVATION IN PUBLISHING IS INFLUENCED BY OTHER CREATIVE SECTORS is the theme of the programmatic collaboration between the two partners. The aim is to focus together on how artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality are changing the creative industries as a whole and thus also books and publishing. Based on outstanding case studies, the Publishers’ Forum on 9 and 10 May 2019 will present and debate the innovative power of these technological impulses.

“We are delighted that, with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, we have gained a partner with international experience, who, with THE ARTS+, has been showing for several years now how publishing and the creative industries can cross-pollinate”, says Rüdiger Wischenbart, who is responsible for the Publishers’ Forum programme and initiated the partnership. The programme for next year’s Publishers’ Forum will be published in early 2019.

Read the related press release published by Frankfurter Buchmesse


About THE ARTS+ 
THE ARTS+ – with the subheading “Future of Culture Festival” – is a festival held during the Frankfurter Buchmesse dedicated to the future of the creative and cultural industries. THE ARTS+ sees itself as a link between cultural worlds and aims to create networks and synergies. It focuses on financial associations, the economic present and the future of the creative industries. The aim is to create a new order and, with it, a new framework – financial and political, but also in terms of how the sector conceives of and justifies itself. THE ARTS+ is organised as part of ALDUS (the network of European Book Fairs) and is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.