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Fair highlights for trade visitors


As a trade visitor, you could find a multi-faceted conference and professional programme: informative, cross-sector, international. Ideal to mingle with publishing experts and professionals from other industries at moderated networking events. Discover our free digital offers in the media library– simple and easy to use via your access at My Book Fair. And experience again our week-long live programme – with a wealth of highlights at the ARD Book Fair Stage, the Blue Sofa, or BOOKFEST city.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Frankfurt Conference

Frankfurt Conference: Four days of concentrated professional expertise: our virtual conference programme featured discussions, Q&A sessions, and brief lectures with international experts, as well as opportunities to interact and make new contacts.

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Curated B2B events

Now available in our media library "light": Watch the recordings of our digital professional programme offering opportunities for further training in various publishing areas such as Frankfurt EDU, Academic, Rights & Licensing, THE ARTS+ and Frankfurt Kids.

Matchmaking tool

Find and get in touch with valuable business contacts, and receive customised contact recommendations. In addition, you can conduct a targeted search for contacts according to specific subject areas or regions.

Curated networking events

Frankfurter Buchmesse's curated networking took place during the week of the fair to enable you to make as many relevant contacts within your community as possible. During the digital event, various break-out sessions with different participants gave you the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your peers.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 ARD Buchmessenbühne

ARD Book Fair Stage

A full programme every day: you could experience via livestream the events on the ARD Book Fair Stage from the Festhalle. With world-class stars, authors and artists, exciting discussion rounds on current topics and lots of good entertainment. The ARD Book Fair Night was broadcast live on Friday, 16 October 2020, on all of Germany’s regional cultural channels.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Weltempfang


What influence has COVID-19 had on the global cultural sector? How can culture remain sustainably effective in the midst of a global crisis? This year, Weltempfang, the virtual centre for politics, literature and translation, was discussing the subject of “Europe – connecting cultures”.

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BOOKFEST city featured great live events taking place all over Frankfurt. Ideal to enjoy readings by your favourite authors, creative performances by renowned artists, exciting discussions on important topics and to celebrate BOOKFEST city with us!

BOOKFEST digital

BOOKFEST digital

All-new: BOOKFEST digital was a spectacular digital programme for literature fans and cultural aficionados all around the world. You could experience international bestselling authors & stars from our two studios – live on 17 October 2020.

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Business Insights

Frankfurter Buchmesse’s website offers informative content on the most important topics for people in the trade. Our Business Insights pages contain articles, tips and event notifications to help you advance your business.

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The cultural event of the year!

In October you could immerse yourself in the cultural scene and meet international stars, best-selling authors, and artists. A wide range of programme highlights awaited you, such as captivating talks and great entertainment at the big ARD Book Fair Stage in the Frankfurter Festhalle, the Blauer Sofa, or BOOKFEST city, digitally and at trendy locations in the city.

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#fbm20 coffee cups, shirts & more

For anyone who can’t get enough of Frankfurter Buchmesse, you can now bring that book fair feeling home. Or to your office. Get some #fbm20 gifts for your customers or business partners – or just for yourself.

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