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Our Guests of Honour over the coming years

A forward glance toward some exciting guest countries.

Ehrengast auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Always new, always different

Every year, Frankfurter Buchmesse puts the spotlight on a different country as the Guest of Honour. And the Guest of Honour countries have already been decided for the next three years: Spain 2021, Slovenia 2022 and Italy 2023. The Guest of Honour programme always offers exciting new input – with new literary discoveries, along with a diverse programme of art, music, film, theatre, performances and themes that offer new insights into the cultural and social life of each country.

Upcoming guest countries at a glance

Year Country Date
2021 Spain 20-24 October 2021
2022 Slovenia 19-23 October 2022
2023 Italy 18-22 October 2023

Guest of Honour 2021: Spain

Spain is Frankfurter Buchmesse’s 2021 Guest of Honour.
Spanish is spoken by around 500 million people, making it one of the world's most vibrant languages. At the same time, the country's culture is also shaped by many regional languages, including Catalan, Galician and Basque, each of which has its own literary tradition.

The Guest of Honour 2021 will highlight recent developments and current trends in the country's literary and cultural life on an international stage at Frankfurter Buchmesse, making the current literary and creative industries known internationally.

Spanien als Ehrengast auf der Frankfurter Buchmess

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Spanien als Ehrengast auf der Frankfurter Buchmess

Translation funding programme

One of the main goals for Spain as Guest of Honour is to spread Spanish literature and the works of its authors internationally.

One of the main goals for Spain as Guest of Honour is to spread Spanish literature and the works of its authors internationally.

A new translation promotion programme has been created for publishers who wish to translate titles from Spanish into German, English, French, Italian or Dutch.

To translation funding

Guest of Honour 2022: Slovenia

This young Central European country will be the focus of Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2022. Although it became a sovereign state late in life, its literary tradition goes back centuries. Literary life in Slovenia has had a major influence not only on the country's culture but also on its history. Today the Slovenian literary scene is very lively and radiates far beyond the country's borders. Slovenia also has pioneering achievements in the fields of art and electronic music.

We look forward to Slovenian discoveries! 

Ehrengast Vorschau Slowenien
Ehrengast auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Translation funding programme

The Slovenian Book Agency actively promotes the spread of Slovenian literature in all genres with professional study programmes for publishers and translation funding.

The Slovenian Book Agency actively promotes the spread of Slovenian literature in all genres with professional study programmes for publishers and translation funding.

Would you like to know more about the translation funding programme in Slovenia?

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Guest of Honour 2023: Italy

At Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023, everything will revolve around Italy's rich culture and literature. Italian literature has produced five Nobel Prize winners: from Giosuè Carducci in 1906 to Dario Fo in 1997. And Italian authors such as Paolo Giordano, Susanna Tamaro and Elena Ferrante are currently held in high esteem worldwide. Benvenuta, Italia! We are very much looking forward to seeing you.

In an nutshell

Would you like to find out more about Frankfurt Buchmesse's guest countries? We are happy to answer all your questions.