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A unique fair at a unique time in history: Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 will be a Special Edition due to the coronavirus. As a result, there will unfortunately be no exhibitors in the exhibition halls this year. Still, all of us together, can make this the best book fair possible under the circumstances. Celebrate a colourful and eclectic festival of literature with us this autumn – on air, at the fair, in the city. We look forward to seeing you.

On air

For the Special Edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse, we have developed many new digital formats for trade and private audiences – available worldwide and free of charge. One click is all it takes to bring that book fair feeling home.

At the fair

A full programme every day at the exhibition site – experience exciting events live on the ARD Book Fair Stage in the Festhalle. Can’t make it in person? No problem. The events can be followed from anywhere via livestream.

In the city

Das BOOKFEST city bietet großartige Live-Events in ganz Frankfurt. Erleben Sie Lesungen Ihrer Lieblingsautor*innen, kreative Performances namhafter Künster*innen und spannende Diskussionen über wichtige Themen. Feiern Sie mit uns das BOOKFEST city!

Where What When
On air Digital fair since 29 September
At the fair ARD Book Fair Stae 14 –18 October daily 10.00 am –8.00 pm
In the city BOOKFEST city & more local events 14–18 October


Highlights on air

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Digital presentation options for publishers

This year Frankfurter Buchmesse has comprehensive digital presentation options, to give your business visibility worldwide – and free of charge.

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B2B specialist programme

A digital trade programme offers publishing professionals many opportunities for further education and exchange in the subject areas of THE ARTS+, Frankfurt Audio, Frankfurt Kids, Frankfurt Academic, Frankfurt Authors and Frankfurt EDU.


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”.

BOOKFEST digital

The all-new BOOKFEST digital on 17 October 2020 is a great, virtual celebration of literature and culture that fans all over the world can experience live – from Asia to Europe to America. At BOOKFEST digital, audiences celebrate BOOKFEST, live at home, wherever they are in the world.

Highlights at the fair

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.

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Highlight at the city



BOOKFEST city offers great live events all over Frankfurt. Experience readings by your favorite authors, creative performances by well-known artists and exciting discussions on important topics. Celebrate BOOKFEST city with us!

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Diarise the dates

Plan your visit to the fair's future editions:

Date Guest of Honour
20-24 October 2021 Guest of Honour: Canada
19 -23 October 2022 Guest of Honour: Spain
18 -22 October 2023 Guest of Honour: Slovenia
16 -20 October 2024 Guest of Honour: Italy