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Frankfurter Buchmesse offering on-site programme combined with a digital offer

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 will be a special edition due to the corona pandemic. It will be an on-site programme combined with a forward-looking digital offer. The 72nd Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place on the fairgrounds in accordance with a detailed health and hygiene plan which will reflect the regulations mandated this autumn by the State of Hesse, guaranteeing the safety of visitors, exhibitors and staff attending the fair.

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s digital programme addresses the needs of both participants on site and those joining the fair online from all over the world, offering a range of options: company and product presentations, events and venues for initiating business deals, making contact with business partners, identifying market trends and engaging in further training.

Virtual Q&A for Exhibitors 4 June 2020

Virtual Q&A for Exhibitors 09.06.2020

Virtual Press Meeting on the current fair

Virtual Press Meeting 5/28 2020

Testimonials of our customers and partners

At a glance: Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Culture matters. Literature matters. Especially in the current situation. This is why the Frankfurter Buchmesse will be taking place - in a special form: partly in a physical setting on the exhibition site and in the city, partly as a virtual fair with new digital formats.

More information about the virtual offers will follow

Current planning status

Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place from 14 to 18 October 2020.

Trade visitor days are from 14 to 18 October.
At the weekend (17 and 18 October) Frankfurter Buchmesse will also be open to the general public.

This year, Frankfurter Buchmesse will be a special edition, with enlarged stand areas and widened aisles. According to the latest plans, this means in detail:

Number of visitors permitted: 
The number of visitors permitted on the fairgrounds will be determined by the extent of the floor space used in October.

Visitors will be admitted contactless after they have preregistered and provided a self-assessment of their state of health.

It is currently planned to use six floors of hall space (Hall Floors 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, 6.0 and 6.1).

Stand locations:
It is currently planned to finalise stand locations in mid-July.

Stand space: 
We will enlarge your stand so that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained between people. The smallest stand will be 8 m² in size. Exhibitors who have booked 4 m² will be given an additional 4 m² free of charge. All other stand sizes will also be expanded on a sliding scale free of charge.

In addition, an additional 1,5 metre „communication space“ will be added in front of each stand within the aisles. Hall aisles will measure between 6 and 8 metres.

Rights business: 
The Literary Agents & Scouts Centre (LitAg) (new location in Hall 6.1) can also be used this year by licencing managers from publishing houses.

In addition to the option of renting a stand, Frankfurter Buchmesse also offers interested parties the possibility of renting by the day workspaces located on each hall floor.

This year, the major stages will generally be replaced by digital options or more widely spaced physical venues.

Book sales: 
Visitors may purchase books at fixed retail prices on the Saturday and Sunday of the fair.

Registration and ticket sales are available online only.
The trade visitor ticket shop is planned to be opening in August 2020. To purchase tickets, visitors must complete a registration form and provide a self-assessment.

Press accreditation: 
Accreditation of journalists will also take place online only

Our hygiene concept: aisle width, minimum distance, visitor movement

Exhibitor information

COVID-19 hygiene concept

Our hygiene concept for the event is continuously updated based on new findings and specifications.


The new hall plan

It is currently planned to use six floors of hall space (Hall Floors 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, 6.0 and 6.1).

If you have any further questions, please ask.

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Further questions?

Do you have further questions on topics such as stand construction, hall occupancy or digital offers? Answers to these and other frequently asked questions can be found on our FAQ page.