The programme aims to reflect the outstanding progress that the Russian children's book publishing made in recent years, to designate its place on the international scene, to create new relationships and to strengthen existing ties in the professional community.
Illustration as a vital part of children's book will be in our focus. A new generation of illustrators raised within the Russian artistic tradition is increasing in visibility worldwide. In order to boost its integration into international environment, MIBF shall host a special edition of the Illustrator's Survival Corner, created in partnership with Mimaster Illustrazione (Milan). For years it has been a core event of the Bologna Children's Book fair and one of the leading educational projects in the illustrator's world.
To broaden the field of visual narratives, a part of the MIBF's programme will be devoted to comics, graphic novels, self-publishing, fanzines, artist's books. The floor will be given to art groups, educational centers, print markets, festivals of visual culture. Thus, the fair will become a catalog of creative forces rapidly developing on the Russian stage.
Although the programme addresses primarily to professionals working in the industry, it will be open both to readers and students, and to everyone who dreams, but does not dare to open his own publishing house or bookstore, to write or draw his/her own book.