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All together now – with our interactive digital live programme. Free of charge and accessible from all over the world.


Frankfurter Buchmesse covers a broad range of topics for almost every interest and speciality. There is really something for everyone to be found here – even for those who cannot make it to Frankfurt this year. Our digital live programme gives anyone with an internet connection the opportunity to experience the Frankfurt feeling wherever they are, and to participate interactively.

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s live programme embraces a wide diversity of offers, each of which can be experienced independently of the others: the full-day BOOKFEST digital on Saturday, an extensive professional programme, the big ARD Book Fair Stage at the Festhalle, the Blue Sofa, and much more besides.

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BOOKFEST digital

The all-day live digital festival of literature and culture that the whole world can enjoy from home.

17 October 2020

Frankfurt Conference & professional programme

From Monday through Friday, with conferences, panels, discussions, and interactive formats.

12– 16  October 2020

The Hof & Curated Networking Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Frankfurter Hof and experience digital networking in an informal atmosphere with live music and inspiring conversations. The curated networking offers you thematically oriented events and contacts. 24 September - 15 December 2020

ARD Book Fair Stage

A wide-ranging programme for the general public, broadcast live from the Festhalle.

14 – 18  October 2020


The focal point for literature, politics and translation dedicated this year to the topic of: “Europe – Connecting Cultures”.

14 – 18 October 2020

The Blue Sofa

An established classic: our major forum for authors, live on television and digitally.

14 – 16 October 2020


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BOOKFEST digital

BOOKFEST digital

This day-long literary highlight of the year takes place on 17 October 2020. BOOKFEST digital is a one-of-a-kind virtual festival which will be experienced live by fans of literature and culture all over the world. From Asia to Europe and all the way to America. With engaging live formats, top-of-the-line artists and authors – and all free of charge. Save the date!

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The ARD Book Fair Stage – on site and here in livestream

The Special Edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 includes an extensive digital programme for the general public, much of which will also be broadcast live. One new highlight will be held in the historic Festhalle: the ARD Book Fair Stage in co-operation with Frankfurter Buchmesse. The programme of events during the week of the fair will be produced by Germany’s public broadcaster ARD and its affiliates; other media partners include ZDF, 3sat, ARTE, Deutschlandfunk, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to name a few. The programme will be transmitted via livestream. Current regulations allow the events to take place in the Festhalle before a live audience. One of the highlights will be the ARD Book Fair Evening on Friday, 16 October 2020, which will be broadcast on all of Germany's regional cultural channels.

Frankfurt Conference & professional programme

From Monday to Friday, you can take part our extensive digital professional programme, featuring a mix of panels, discussions, and interactive formats. Curated B2B events on current trends and topics from the publishing sector and related creative industries await you.

The conference highlight already starts on 12 October 2020: With four tracks from 12 to 15 October 2020, the Frankfurt Conference offers a digital conference programme with high-level international speakers:

  • Monday, 12 October 2020, 3.00-5.30 pm (CEST): Academic & Scholarly - in cooperation with Scientific Knowledge Services; sponsored by Wiley, Elsevier and TrendMB
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 3.00-5.30 pm (CEST): Rights & Licensing
  • Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 3.00-5.30 pm (CEST): Publishing Insights
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020, 3.00-5.30 pm: Audio; sponsored by Beat Technology

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One of the regular highlights of Frankfurter Buchmesse will have a virtual format this year: Weltempfang, the International Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation. With this year's motto of “Europe – Connecting Cultures”, Weltempfang will confront the future of Europe and European culture during the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a European cultural identity? If so, what defines it? And how can it be strengthened? Answers to these and other exciting, culturally relevant questions await you at Weltempfang.

Signals of hope

Signals of Hope

Particularly during a worldwide crisis, one thing significantly gains in importance: hope. That’s why we would like to send out signals of hope – as an alternative to a culture of outrage, defamation, and conspiracy theories. Voices of hope from literature and society will be given a digital platform to address the transformative power of new ideas.

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Bühnen-Blaues Sofa

The Blue Sofa

An established classic and an audience highlight again in 2020: The Blue Sofa is the forum for authors, jointly presented by Bertelsmann, ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and 3sat. This year in a digital format.

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Reader Delights

This is the main digital area for the general public: Reader Delights on the Frankfurter Buchmesse website is home to the most important genres, including Audio, Crime, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Novels & Fiction, Travel & Tourism, Cooking & Lifestyle, Children & Young Adults, How-To & Non-Fiction, Art Books, Illustration, Photography, and Comics. Featuring high-quality editorial content, these Reader Delights serve as a display window for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020.


Business Insights

Business Insights bring together highlights for trade audiences. Shared between the exhibition site and the Frankfurter Buchmesse website, they are a meeting place for publishing professionals, service providers, as well as experts in EDU, Academic, Audio, Authors, Kids, and Gourmet Gallery.