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International publishers and partners can submit their ideas by 30 April 2020

In 2019, BOOKFEST attracted some 25,000 visitors – and about 5,000 of them attended the 60 events held in the city of Frankfurt. The 55 locations and 55 participating publishers presented a varied programme with best-selling authors, YouTube stars, politicians, musicians, actors, storytellers and an European Space Agency astronaut. The application period is now open for BOOKFEST 2020, which will once again take place as part of Frankfurter Buchmesse (14-18 October 2020). Publishers and partners are invited to submit their ideas by 30 April 2020.

The festival is a perfect stage for authors and ideas, and creates memorable experiences in a unique atmosphere across the city of Frankfurt. A wide range of events are planned to be taking place: events with best-selling authors, poetry slams, tastings, concerts, parties, discussion panels, workshops, and many other formats. There are no limits to the number of topics, so ideas submitted can also come from different areas: entertainment, non-fiction, literature, art, music, etc.

However, in 2020 Frankfurter Buchmesse is putting a spotlight on its initiative “Brave Voices for a New Decade”. The aim is to give courageous voices that are bringing about change by introducing their ideas into current world events a chance to speak at BOOKFEST, and to be included in all other Frankfurter Buchmesse programmes and events. As a result, event concepts setting an example for democracy and freedom of speech are also welcome.

The programme team will evaluate the submitted suggestions (for the participation form, please go to in a new window)) and will curate an international programme with a strong focus on diversity.

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About Frankfurter Buchmesse
Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries, more than 300,000 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). in a new window)

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138(opens in a new window), in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170(opens in a new window), in a new window)
Tina Pfeifer, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-271(opens in a new window), in a new window)