The Scuderia, the “Future Food Urban CooLab” venue in the university neighborhood of Bologna, will be transformed into the Swiss Centre and “Off-Space” studio before and during the 2019 Book Fair. Here young Swiss illustrators, who have dubbed themselves the “Bolo Klub”, will exhibit their works. On Monday evening—also in the Scuderia—the official opening ceremony will take place with invited guests. From Monday to Wednesday, the 1st to 3rd of April, the Scuderia will feature DJs and drinks every evening. The Scuderia is the ideal meeting place for a nightcap after a demanding day at the Fair.
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A promotional project for a new generation of picture book creators in Switzerland
The Bolo Klub began as a joint initiative of the studio It’s Raining Elephants and the illustration department at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, with the goal of supporting young authors and illustrators as they create picture books in Switzerland. The project was launched in Lucerne in January 2018, and since the summer two other Bolo Klubs, one in French-speaking Switzerland and one in Ticino, have been formed. The Bolo Klub has now become an official association, and its focus has shifted to sustaining long-term development and providing support that extends well past Bologna 2019. The purpose of the association is to create a platform that supports young Swiss picture book creators and their projects from conception to publication.
Let’s go to Bologna! A collective exhibition of the picture book projects will be presented during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair at the Scuderia.
La Scuderia, 1.- 4. April 2019 / Illustrators Party: 3. April 2019
“Bologna a testa in su”
There are as many ways to talk about a city as there are eyes to view it, so observing and exploring a city is a game without end. To mark the occasion of Switzerland’s presence as Guest of Honour at the 56th Bologna Children’s Book Fair, “Bologna a testa in su” is doubling up: this year there are two cities – Bologna and Bern – and two illustrators involved in the project. Johanna Schaible is among the most interesting and promising young illustrators in Switzerland, and Irene Penazzi is a young talent among Italian illustrators. They have collaborated to promote the re-discovery of their cities by the cities’ own inhabitants, and especially by the smallest of these inhabitants.
The two artists, each having spent a week in residence in the “other’s” city, and thanks to a special reciprocal arrangement, have produced two small illustrated “writer’s guides” to Bologna and to Bern. Thus were born two small publications to colour in like scrapbooks, to read like books, to write in like diaries, and to preserve in order to discover, as with the aid of a map, hidden or otherwise unknown details in various parts of the cities that are their subjects.
The project is supported by the Hamelin Cultural Association and the city of Bern, in collaboration with the city of Bologna and the SBVV (Swiss Association of Booksellers and Publishers).
The two guides will be available during the Book Fair at the Cineteca di Bologna, at the Fair, at the Salaborsa library, at the Scuderia and in several selected schools.
Irene Penazzi (1989) is an Italian illustrator. She holds a degree in illustration from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, and has collaborated with the University of Applied Science in Hamburg, the Hamelin Cultural Association and the bookseller Giannino Stoppani. She works with the Cineteca di Bologna, Panini Ragazzi and Il Sicomoro. She recently published the illustrated album Dans le Jardin (Maison Eliza, 2018).
Johanna Schaible (1984) is an artist and illustrator based in Bern. Her work moves along the borders between illustration, art and design. She has a degree in illustration and visual communication from the Lucerne School of Art and Design, and in 2014 won the Comics Prize for young illustrators along with Dimitra Charamandas. Her works have been exhibited at Newton Hall (Novoměstská radnice) in Prague, at the New Gallery in London and at Despacio in Costa Rica.
Salaborsa / Notte del racconto
Story-telling night—in Italian, “Notte del racconto”—has been carried out with great success for many years in all parts of Switzerland. It is a cooperative project of the Institute for Children’s and Young People’s Media (SIKJM), Bibliomedia Switzerland, and Unicef Switzerland. At the beginning of November children gather in schools, gyms, libraries, bookstores and youth centres to listen to stories together. Measured against the size of its population, Ticino is the most active participating region. We are delighted that the organisers of the “Notte del racconto” (Istituto svizzero Media e Ragazzi ISMR) have been won over to put on a version of the event in six local libraries in Bologna on Saturday, 30 April 2019, in the framework of the Swiss presentation at Bologna. The theme—how could it be otherwise?—is “La Svizzera”.
In and around the Salaborsa on the weekend before the fair a cultural programme with Swiss authors and illustrators will take place in cooperation with the Solothurn Literature Days. The programme will feature, among others, Albertine, Claudia de Weck, Johanna Schaible/Irene Penazzi, Germano Zullo, Alberto Nessi and Franz Hohler.
About the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media (SIKJM / ISMR / ISJM)
The Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media SIKJM is the national organization for children’s literature in Switzerland with offices in Zurich, Lausanne and Bellinzona. Its mandate includes research and cultural promotion of children’s literature as well as reading promotion. The SIKJM library in Zurich hosts a unique collection of historic and contemporary children’s books. The institute provides advanced training courses for students, teachers and librarians. In addition, its online database www.ricochet-jeunes.org (in French) and its journals in German and Italian present book reviews and background reports. In 2018, SIKJM published Atlas der Schweizer Kinderliteratur (Atlas of Swiss Children’s Literature) which highlights recent trends in Swiss Children’s literature.
About the Bibliomedia Switzerland Foundation
Bibliomedia is a public foundation that works on behalf of the Federal Office of Culture to promote reading and library development in Switzerland. It provides media resources in twelve languages for schools and libraries all over the country. Bibliomedia is committed to promoting early learning and languages in order to enable as many people as possible to independently achieve their goals. In the French speaking part of Switzerland, the foundation operates a program called “Laboratoire des bibliothèques”, which supports libraries in the development of cultural and media education events.
The Isituto Svizzero is pleased to offer a film program for adults and children developed in collaboration with the Educational Department, Schermi e Lavagne of the Cineteca di Bologna. The programs pays homage to the host country of the Children books Fair 2019 with a series of projections, meetings and workshops at the Cineteca, the Cinema Lumière and the Renzo Renzi Library.
The program starts on Saturday, 30. March with a series of animated shorts films selected by the director of the Castellinaria Film Festival of Bellinzona. We will be happy to welcome the animation master Georges Schwizgebel, who will meet the public and explain how he makes his shorts using glass painting technique. Sunday 31. March the animator Elie Chapuis will present its film Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette). The next day on Monday 1. April the same film will be presented to the local elementary schools classes, in parallel to a daylong animation workshop. Finally, on Tuesday 2. April the illustrator and animator Paloma Canonica will work with children of a primary school class at the Cineteca, and talk about her last short film.
Cineteca di Bologna
Via Riva di Reno, 72 40122 Bologna