For those of us in the printing industry, drupa is the exhibition to attend. It is not only the largest exhibition, it is also the show selected by manufacturers from around the world as the one where they demonstrate their latest developments.
For South African visitors drupa does not usually offer a personal or local aspect, this is because there are no companies who exhibit at the show. drupa 2016, however, has a very specific South African appeal. Those of you who have visited drupa will know that there is a specific drupa song written for each staging of the event. This year the song is dedicated to the future offered by drupa. And the South African connection, the song – which was written by German composer Dieter Falk is sung by blues singer Bonita Niessen, a South African born singer who now lives and performs in Germany.
Bonita and Dieter performed the drupa song for the first time at the pre-drupa press conference on 29 February in front of more than 90 international journalists representing more than 120 publications around the world. The drupa song will once again be played each day at the show.