Bologna Children BookFair | 2020 Exhibitions
The “children-spectators”

Early childhood and performing arts

A challenging relationship explored through illustration.

Bologna Children's Book Fair is a partner of the four-year project “Mapping - A map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years”, an artistic research supported by the Creative European Programme, dedicated to the relationship between early childhood (children from 0 to 6 years) and performing arts (theater, dance, music, circus, etc.). The project involves 18 partners from 17 countries, including La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi, the Children's Theater of the City of Bologna as well as the Fair.  In particular, the aim of Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s activities is creating an interaction between the performing arts and the world of illustration and literature for early childhood.

The first steps taken by BCBF in this project are the two editions of the international contest "The Children - Spectators". The best illustrations among those selected for each edition (a third one will be held next year) will be included, as a special “young” section, in the final large exhibition of the project in 2022, alongside the illustrations of four prestigious international artists: Katsumi Komagata, Manuel Marsol, Fabian Negrin and Klaas Verplancke.

About 650 illustrators from 62  countries applied for this year’s contest, sending one illustration each. 38 artworks have been selected by a jury composed of Roberto Frabetti (founder and director of Bologna’s children’s theatre La Baracca - Teatro Testoni Ragazzi), Giorgia Grilli (co-founder of the Department of Education’s Children’s Literature Research Centre, University of Bologna), Ayami Moriizumi (art exhibitions curator, representative in Italy of the Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo), Paola Vassalli (expert in children’s literature, former director of the Eucational Art Workshop Services at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni).