The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is an important annual event which welcomes thousands of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. It is fair for professionals who work in children’s publishing. For illustrators is one of a kind place to start and build a path. For me, it is an exceptional place and time, that helped me so much along the way and will continue to do so. 

This year, for the 60th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the organisation proposed a special competition inviting only the illustrators selected over the last 10 Illustrators Exhibitions to take part.

The jury - made up of the illustrators who had produced the covers of the Illustrators Annuals over the last decade - Elena Odriozola, Albertine, Hassan Mousavi, Igor Oleynikov, Ludwig Volbeda, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Laura Carlin, Roger Mello, It's raining Elephants/ Nina Wehrle, Peter Sís - selected the 20 finalists, and I got the chance to be part of a “beautiful concert with 20 musicians playing a 4-colour score”, with the maestro ChiaLab.

The BCBF is “Still rocking at 60!” And I’m pleased to be a friend for so long!
My illustration was on display in the Exhibition “Landscapes and Portraits of BCBF” located at the centre of the Book Fair, visible online in the fair Galleries section and spread across multiple communication artefacts and even projected on the city walls. 

Client Bologna Children’s Book Fair | Graphic Design ChiaLab | 2023 

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