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Frankfurter Buchmesse 14 - 18 October 2020

BOOKFEST – Frankfurt celebrates your Stories

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Take Centre Stage at BOOKFEST

Find the right audience for your stories and ideas! Welcome to BOOKFEST – the international festival of Frankfurter Buchmesse. We use the whole city as a stage and bring fair visitors together with lovers of literature, authors, artist, publishers, partners, Frankfurt institutions and cultures from around the world.

  • 25 k

    national and international visitors

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  • 500 k

    Views on Facebook

The Locations: When the City becomes an Exhibition Site

Whether it’s poetry slams, parties, talks, concerts or interactive shows: BOOKFEST takes place in unusual locations with a unique atmosphere. Whether it’s the Frankfurt Pavilion at the fair or one of the many events in Frankfurt’s trendy Bahnhofsviertel (train station quarter), this festival offers a colourful mix of locations. They are very flexible and can welcome 40 to 1,850 visitors, depending on the situation.

Frankfurter Buchmesse - Pavillion

Frankfurt Pavilion

Take advantage of the new landmark at Frankfurter Buchmesse to tell your story: The 500 square metre Frankfurt Pavilion is the main stage for award ceremonies, book presentations or press conferences. The 6.5 metre high wooden structure attracted over 15,000 visitors at its premiere. Your products or services will not be overlooked!

Congress Centre

Congress Center

Regardless which kind of event you are planning – Room Harmonie has the right infrastructure. Located in the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, it is directly connected to the exhibition site and can accommodate up to 1,850 people.

Locations in the Main metropolis

Impressions 2018

BOOKFEST - Impressionen 2018

What BOOKFEST offers

BOOKFEST is not only an opportunity to increase your visibility. Your brand will also benefit from the charisma and versatility of the entire Frankfurter Buchmesse!

For Partners and Sponsors

Your stories will take centre stage and find the right audience at BOOKFEST. Take advantage of a wide variety of formats, spread out beyond the exhibition site and right into the heart of Frankfurt.

For Locations

As an exhibitor you can benefit from the charisma of Frankfurter Buchmesse: you can reach an international audience and boost your popularity with an event at BOOKFEST.

For Companies

Visitors of BOOKFEST and Frankfurter Buchmesse are an open-minded and sophisticated target audience. BOOKFEST allows your company to reach this target group and to use the international and cultural image of Frankfurter Buchmesse for your business goals.

Lesung beim BOOKFEST der Frankfurter Buchmesse

For Publishers

The presentation options at BOOKFEST extend beyond the exhibition site – as a publisher, you can use locations throughout the entire city to present your topics or content in a unique spotlight. Even non-visitors can experience literature up close in an unforgettable atmosphere.

Get noticed at BOOKFEST

Would you like more attention for yourself, your brand or your product? If you want to take part in BOOKFEST as a partner, sponsor, or venue, just contact us:

Diverse advertising measures linger in the minds of your target group and you can take advantage of them all: Online mailings with your logo, banners in our Newsletter to our customer mailing list or BOOKFEST posters with your brand.

BOOKFEST - Werbung

BOOKFEST advertising measures:

  • Flyers & programme booklets
  • Posters in selected locations
  • Social media
  • Press releases
  • Website
  • Advertising by media partners

BOOKFEST - register now until 30 April 2020

Be part of BOOKFEST 2020 and present your ideas to an international audience. Registration has already begun and the deadline is 30 April 2020. Just fill out our form and send us your idea for the new BOOKFEST programme. You can find more information in our FAQs.

Be there with your idea at BOOKFEST 2020 until 30 April

Call for Participation

You would like to host an event during the Bookfest?
Please submit your event idea via this form (please complete in full).
The Call for Participation for the BOOKFEST 2020 is now open until 30 April 2020.
Please also note the FAQs at the bottom of the submission form.


What is BOOKFEST? |When is BOOKFEST? | Why a Call for Participation?...

What is BOOKFEST? |When is BOOKFEST? | Why a Call for Participation?...

BOOKFEST is the international festival of the Frankfurter Buchmesse for literature, stories and ideas. Events will be held in various locations on all five days of the fair: in the Frankfurt Pavilion, the Congress Center and in popular locations around Frankfurt. What’s special about the festival is that it doesn’t just provide the perfect stage for authors and ideas during the day, but also creates experiences in a special atmosphere in the evening. There are many different types of events, including events with bestselling authors, poetry slams, tastings, concerts, parties, discussions and many other productions, with audiences ranging from 40 to 2,000 people. The events in the city are organised by the participating Frankfurt locations, while those in the Frankfurt Pavilion and “Saal Harmonie” (“Harmonie Hall”) in the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt are organised directly by the Frankfurter Buchmesse – always in cooperation with publishers and/or partners.

BOOKFEST takes place from 15 to 20 October 2019.

Why a Call for Participation?
In 2018, BOOKFEST attracted 25,000 visitors with 77 events in 21 locations. We subsequently received many requests to participate. To make sure we don’t miss out on any of these great ideas, and to give everyone the opportunity to participate, we have now opened a Call for Participation (CfP).


Who can take part in the Call for Participation?
Anyone who has a suitable idea for an event can become a part of BOOKFEST.

How does the Call for Participation work?
First, please complete this form by 30 April 2019 to submit your idea for a BOOKFEST event. The BOOKFEST programme team will evaluate the proposals received and use them to curate a varied and international programme. The aim is to base roughly half of the BOOKFEST programme on the ideas submitted.

What is the timetable?
The CfP for BOOKFEST is open, starting now and continuing until 30 April 2019 (11:59 p.m. CET). The goal is to finalise the programme by late May/early June.
The programme team will evaluate all proposals relatively soon after they are received. In other words: the sooner an idea is submitted, the more flexibility there will still be in terms of planning.

How will I find out if my submission has been accepted?
The aim is to finalise the BOOKFEST programme and to get the first marketing and communications activities underway by late May/early June. So we will do our best to give you an answer regarding your submission relatively soon after we receive it. This means that you will hear back from us by no later than April/May.

What happens if I want to change or even withdraw my submission?
In that case, please definitely contact

What happens to submissions received after the deadline?
Unfortunately, we cannot take into consideration programme ideas for BOOKFEST 2019 received after 30 April 2019 because we have planned the timing of our programme communications and advertising activities accordingly.

How many proposals may I submit?
In order to avoid receiving bulk submissions, we will only consider one submission per partner per desired location (city locations, Frankfurt Pavilion, Congress Center). If, in exceptional circumstances, you wish to submit additional proposals, please contact

What formats may I submit?
We welcome unusual formats from all genres: entertainment, non-fiction/self help, literature, art, music, etc. Gender, nationality and age are irrelevant here; in designing our programme, diversity is very important to us. Traditional readings are also possible in the Frankfurt Pavilion, while more unusual events are usually held in the city locations.

Please make sure to plan complete events – in other words, amongst other things, you will also need to engage a host, for example.

In what language(s) may I submit my proposal?
The events can be held in German and/or English, so please also submit your idea in one of these two languages.

How long are events?
In the Congress Center and city locations, the duration of events can vary. For the Frankfurt Pavilion, the following times apply:

Wednesday to Friday: 60 minutes (approx. 45-minute slot and approx. 15 minutes to set up and clear up)

Saturday and Sunday: 30 or 60 minutes (approx. 20-minute slot and approx. 10 minutes to set up and clear up, or approx. 45-minute slot and approx. 15 minutes to set up and clear up)

How big is the Frankfurt Pavilion?
The Frankfurt Pavilion is in the heart of the Agora, with a 290-sqm interior and, depending on the seating arrangements, room to seat 300 or standing room for 450.

Technical equipment: standard stage technology

How big is the hall in the Congress Center?
The “Saal Harmonie” (“Harmonie Hall”) is located in the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and is connected directly to the exhibition grounds. The hall seats 1,850.

Technical equipment: standard stage technology

How big are the locations in the city?
The locations in the city vary in size (40-500 people), which makes it possible to choose a suitable space for each event.

Technical equipment: standard stage technology

What happens if the venue I want is already fully booked?
We are very interested in finding the perfect location for your event and taking your wishes into account. However, we also know that the Frankfurt Pavilion in particular will be fully booked very quickly. In order to put your event in the spotlight, we naturally have additional stages that can be used during the day for your BOOKFEST idea. 

Here you will find an overview of all the available stages:


Whom can I contact if I need help?
Don’t have a sizzling idea or aren’t sure if your idea fits the bill?! In these cases, too, feel free to contact us:

What are the costs involved?
For an event in the Frankfurt Pavilion a fee of 250 euros is due, the cost of events in the “Saal Harmonie” (“Harmonie Hall”) depends on how elaborate they are, and events in the locations around the city are free of charge.

When you submit your event at the Frankfurt Pavilion, please also let us know if you want to book one of our signing boxes for a book signing session (30 minutes) afterwards. If so, please note that there will be an extra charge of 50 euros.

We do not cover the professional fees or travel and accommodation expenses for artists, authors, hosts, publishing company employees, etc. or any other costs (for example, tickets to the Book Fair).

Book table
We are currently looking for a partner for book tables at all BOOKFEST locations and will contact you directly as soon as we have news.

Services offered by the Frankfurter Buchmesse (FBM)
The FBM connects a selected location in Frankfurt with an author/artist or publisher.

The FBM promotes the event at its own expense as part of its planned communications and advertising activities for BOOKFEST.

Services offered by locations in the city
The location commits to providing the agreed-upon spaces and technical equipment at its own expense. The technical requirements are agreed upon between the location and publisher/partner prior to the event.

The location assumes the role of organiser and, as such, takes on the associated legal obligations.

The location promotes the event, at its own expense, through all advertising means at its disposal (social media, print advertising materials, homepage, newsletter, press, etc.).

The location manages admissions to the event, including ticketing for the event if the sale of tickets is planned.


Services offered by publishers or partners
The publisher/partner commits to providing authors/artists for the event and to covering the associated costs.

The publisher/partner promotes the event, at its own expense, through all advertising means at its disposal (social media, print advertising materials, homepage, newsletter, press, etc.).

The publisher/partner ensures that authors agree to daily coverage by television and/or radio stations and/or online media. In addition, the partner ensures that authors agree to any potential live broadcasts via all media channels.