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Weltempfang - the centre for politics, literature and translation provides answers to current social questions and debates.


The Weltempfang is a joint project of Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Federal Foreign Office – and traditionally a place for open exchange and political dialogue. At Frankfurter Buchmesse, the leading minds in politics, culture and business discuss the most pressing topics.


The theme of the Weltempfang 2020 will be announced shortly.

Where politics, culture and literature meet

The central theme in 2019: Anthropocene

The romantic image of untouched nature has long since ceased to exist. No wonder: in just under 50 years, since 1960, the world population has grown to over seven billion people. We are now the changing force on earth - and we demonstrate this abundantly: mountains of rubbish, dried up lakes and polluted oceans are just a few of the images that characterise the Anthropocene.

In discussions with international personalities, we examined the Anthropocene as a whole. Together we answered elementary questions: How do we align ourselves with nature? Or not? Where are the limits of our growth? And what happens when these are reached?

Talks and discussions: our top speakers in 2019