Spotlight on Africa

Africa is an extraordinary reservoir of potential new readers, ideas and creativity in the publishing industry. With this in mind, the Spotlight on Africa programme, now in its third edition, was launched with the support and collaboration of the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. In 2024 BCBF will welcome the last edition of this initiative. The Spotlight on Africa will feature a dedicated exhibition area bringing together an even greater number of excellent publishing houses from the continent, together with a series of panels dedicated to the African publishing scene and reading culture.

In 2023 the programme brought to the Fair 26 excellent publishing houses from 11 African countries and presented a panel dedicated to the African publishing scene and reading culture at the Authors Café. 

The Book Dash Showcase

The Spotlight on Africa 2023 welcomed the showcase of Book Dash's 12-hour publishing model.
Book Dash is a social impact publisher from South Africa that developed a unique way of creating high-quality picture books very quickly, in an effort to address a lack of diverse children’s books accessible to all. Book Dash has published 176 titles in this way, and BCBF is proud to host the inaugural Book Dash outside of Africa. The event involves African creatives including authors, illiustrators and designers in the 12-hour production of books from scratch and concept to publication. The new picture books created were presented at Authors Café.

In partnership with logo IPA; with the support of BE IT MAECI ICE