Finnland. Cool. – Finland as Guest of Honour at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important event in the global publishing and media industry’s calendar, and Finland was its Guest of Honour in 2014. FILI was in charge of coordinating Finland’s largest cultural export event – a five-year-long project. The project received half of its funding from the public sector (the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy) and half from private-sector sources.
Literature and sales of literary translation rights were at the core of the Guest of Honour project. The importance of reading, education and learning was an ever-present focus throughout the project. The project also included a programme of Finnish cultural events and exhibitions at museums and other arts venues in Frankfurt in the autumn of 2014. The Finnish Institute in Germany was in charge of additional cultural programming throughout Germany and the other German-speaking countries.
The aim of the project was to achieve a lasting increase in the sales of translation rights for Finnish literature. The German-language market has traditionally served as a gateway to the rest of the world.
For more information about the project and programme of events and to view photos of the events, visit www.finnlandcool.fi .
Pilot project: Translators’ masterclass
In 2013 FILI piloted a new mode of translator training with mentoring, built on a collaboration with seven Finnish cultural institutes abroad. The following Finnish Institutes were involved in the start-up phase of the masterclass project: Benelux, Berlin, Budapest, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Estonia. The project culminated in June 2015 with a joint seminar for all the masterclass participants in Helsinki. Translators who work into Finnish also participated in the seminar, and the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) was the project partner for the seminar.
The project was funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, and support for the seminar was provided by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Otava Book Foundation, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Tuglas Society and the WSOY Literary Foundation.