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The CfP for BOOKFEST is open until 30 April 2019

“When Frankfurt celebrates good stories, yours should be one of them” – with these words, Frankfurter Buchmesse extends its invitation to participate in BOOKFEST (15-20 October 2019). What’s special about this year’s edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s international festival of literature, stories and ideas is that anyone can help shape the programme. With its Call for Participation (CfP), the festival is looking for the best ideas by 30 April 2019.

In 2019, BOOKFEST is once again expected to encompass some 80 events – on all five days of the fair and at various locations: in the Frankfurt Pavilion, Congress Center and at popular locations throughout Frankfurt. The festival provides the perfect stage for authors and ideas during and creates experiences in an exceptional atmosphere. Many different types of events are possible, including events with bestselling authors, poetry slams, tastings, concerts, parties, discussions and much more.

Anyone with a suitable idea for an event can become part of BOOKFEST. The programme team will evaluate all proposals received (the participation form is available at and use them to curate an international programme. Gender, nationality and age are irrelevant; in designing the programme, diversity will be a very important aspect. Ideally, the themes should reflect this as well, which is why ideas from a wide variety of genres – entertainment, non-fiction/self help, literature, art, music, etc. – are all welcome.

In 2018, BOOKFEST presented a multifaceted programme, with 77 events at 21 locations: Young German students and similar-aged refugees engaged in poetic conversation together as part of The Poetry Project, a live drawing performance was held based on the book “Die Stramme Helene”, celebrity chef Marlon Soleil Russegger prepared dishes using nothing but a kettle – and much more. A total of 25,000 visitors attended the festival in its debut year.

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Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
Tina Pfeifer, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-271,

About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).