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Removing barriers at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Barrierefreiheit

We want the Book Fair to be accessible to all and to be an unforgettable experience. Therefore, we offer you here an overview with information for people with disabilities.

You will also find an overview of events relating to accessible publishing and reading as well as events with sign language interpreters at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022.

Accessibility information

Tickets

Reduced tickets for people with disabilities
People with a degree of disability of at least 50 can purchase discounted tickets. See here

Disabled visitors with companion
Persons in wheelchairs or disabled persons who require an accompanying person (feature "B" on the German disabled person's pass) will be admitted free of charge for themselves and their companion on presentation of their disabled person's pass.

Assistance with orientation

Visitors who - for example due to a visual impairment - have difficulties with orientation or need other assistance, will be accompanied personally around the grounds for up to two hours. If you need assistance, please send us an e-mail in advance to servicecenter@buchmesse.de. If you need assistance at short notice, please contact one of the information stands on site. Depending on availability, we can also provide spontaneous assistance.

Disability-friendly toilets

Toilets for the disabled are located in all halls. The required "European WC key" is available from the respective hall manager or can be purchased at the Business Center in the Torhaus for 25 euros.

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters (by the day, 50 euros deposit):
First-aid station Hall 4.0 South/West, entrance Operation and Security Center (OSC).
Telephone reservation required in advance: +49 (0) 69 7575-6500.

Access and parking

Parking spaces will be reserved for exhibitors with limited mobility in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances (on request via the information hotline for people with disabilities, see below).
Mobility-impaired visitors with an AG certificate (exceptionally walking-impaired) can enter via Gate North and will be allocated a parking space by the staff there.
Taxis that transport people with walking disabilities and the corresponding feature on their severely disabled pass may enter the exhibition grounds.

Further information and Messe Frankfurt hotline

Further information at Messe Frankfurt, at all information stands or via the Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH information hotline for people with disabilities. Phone: +49 (0) 69 7575-6999 E-mail: barrier-free@messefrankfurt.com

Information about the awareness team

An awareness team, consisting of employees of the German Association for Anti-Discrimination and Educational Work (BDB), will be on duty throughout the Book Fair. The team is located in the foyer of Hall 4.0. Visitors who are harassed or notice that another person is being harassed are encouraged to report this immediately - to the Awareness Team, Book Fair staff or the security staff on site. So that everyone feels comfortable here, we are here to support you if you are excluded, threatened, insulted or humiliated in the context of the Frankfurt Book Fair due to your assumed belonging to a group.
More information here.

Whether you are in a wheelchair or with a pram, you will find important information for your barrier-free visit to the Frankfurt exhibition grounds on Messe Frankfurt's service map.

Events with german sign language interpreter

Schriftzug von Der Spiegel

SPIEGEL-Talk Live: War, NS regime, climate change - How younger people deal with the legacy of their grandparents

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 10.30-11.30 am, Saal Harmonie, Congress Center (CMF)
Event in German language

SPIEGEL-talk live at the book fair: What lives on in us from our grandmothers and great-uncles? What social mandates, what attitudes, what responsibilities arise for younger people from the experiences of their elders and from Germany's fraught history?

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 10.30-11.30 am, Saal Harmonie, Congress Center (CMF)
Event in German language

SPIEGEL-talk live at the book fair: What lives on in us from our grandmothers and great-uncles? What social mandates, what attitudes, what responsibilities arise for younger people from the experiences of their elders and from Germany's fraught history?

Germany's best-known climate activist Luisa Neubauer and authors Alexa Hennig von Lange and Shelly Kupferberg explore family members from previous generations and their political and personal legacies in their new books. SPIEGEL author Susanne Beyer talks to the three women about what can be learned from yesterday for today and the future.

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Frankfurt Pavilion auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

LiBeraturpreis 2022 - Chisako Wakatake and Karin Kalisa in conversation

Samstag, 22. Oktober 2022, 1-2 pm, Frankfurt Pavilion, Agora
Event German language

Japanese writer Chisako Wakatake receives this year’s LiBeratur award for her novel “Jeder geht für sich allein”, translated by Juergen Stalph, published by Cass Verlag.

Samstag, 22. Oktober 2022, 1-2 pm, Frankfurt Pavilion, Agora
Event German language

Japanese writer Chisako Wakatake receives this year’s LiBeratur award for her novel “Jeder geht für sich allein”, translated by Juergen Stalph, published by Cass Verlag.

On the Pavilion stage, she will be in conversation with her German colleague Karin Kalisa, who started to write and publish novels after a career as a scholar in Asian Studies and Japanology. Her most recent novel, “Fischers Frau”, was published by Droemer. Both writers debuted rather late, but to great success. A German-Japanese dialogue about writing and publishing.

Frankfurt Studio

Kirsten Boie reads "Gangster müssen clever sein"

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 3.30-4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, Halle 4.0 (Raum Europa)
Event in German language

A thriller with a real billionaire's daughter. Kirsten Boie presents her new children's novel.

Fee Ranzmeier, Jamie-Lee's rich friend, has been burgled! It goes without saying that Jamie-Lee immediately gets involved in the investigation. When the two friends meet Mesut and Valentin, the team is complete and the burglar hunt can begin.

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 3.30-4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, Halle 4.0 (Raum Europa)
Event in German language

A thriller with a real billionaire's daughter. Kirsten Boie presents her new children's novel.

Fee Ranzmeier, Jamie-Lee's rich friend, has been burgled! It goes without saying that Jamie-Lee immediately gets involved in the investigation. When the two friends meet Mesut and Valentin, the team is complete and the burglar hunt can begin.

The four sleuths take a close look at the entire surroundings of the Ranzmeier family. And who would have thought it: both the chauffeur and the bodyguard have a lot of dirt on them. And so the investigations even become really dangerous.
From 10 years old

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Brigitte Live

BRIGITTE LIVE with Olena Selenska

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 5.30-6.30 pm, Saal Harmonie, Congress Center (CMF)
The event will be held in German/Ukrainian.

The First Lady of Ukraine presents (virtually connected) "The Barrier-Free Handbook" which was complied and published on her initiative. She will talk about her vision of a barrier-free Ukraine after the war and will answer the questions of BRIGITTE Huber, editor in chief BRIGITTE magazine and Meike Dinklage, chief reporter BRIGITTE magazine.

Now available in our media library | Saturday, 22 October 2022, 5.30-6.30 pm, Saal Harmonie, Congress Center (CMF)
The event will be held in German/Ukrainian.

The First Lady of Ukraine presents (virtually connected) "The Barrier-Free Handbook" which was complied and published on her initiative. She will talk about her vision of a barrier-free Ukraine after the war and will answer the questions of BRIGITTE Huber, editor in chief BRIGITTE magazine and Meike Dinklage, chief reporter BRIGITTE magazine.

The event will be translated live into sign language (DGS). Seats with a clear view of the interpreter are reserved in the front row.

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Accessible Publishing: Events at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022

2124-Business Club-Networking

Accessibility networking event: Meet international colleagues and experts!

Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 4–5 pm, Hall 4.C, room Entente

Join the international crowd of accessibility experts for a drink and a snack and find your peers to discuss challenges of inclusive publishing, like certification of accessible e-books, image description and metadata distribution. Participants will have the chance to further discuss with accessibility experts from the seminar “Accessibility in action: three challenges for the publishing industry”.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 4–5 pm, Hall 4.C, room Entente

Join the international crowd of accessibility experts for a drink and a snack and find your peers to discuss challenges of inclusive publishing, like certification of accessible e-books, image description and metadata distribution. Participants will have the chance to further discuss with accessibility experts from the seminar “Accessibility in action: three challenges for the publishing industry”.

Keynote: Anne Bergman-Tahon, Director, Federation of European Publishers (FEP)
“Are we heading for chaos for the backlist titles with the implementation of the European Accessibility Act?”

We are looking forward to meeting you in person after the fruitful but online-only discussions in the last years.

Organized by Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Fondazione LIA and Frankfurter Buchmesse, in the framework of Aldus Up, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Publishing Services Retail Publikum

Accessibility in action: three challenges for the publishing industry

Now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 3–4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, hall 4.0 (room Europa)

In light of the forthcoming European Accessibility Act, the adoption of the ‘Born accessible’ principle is nowadays on the agenda of all the publishing companies operating in Europe and worldwide. Publishers and all the players in the value chain are working to incorporate accessibility into digital mainstream production and distribution channels, thus providing the same titles to everyone, in the same places and in the same times.

Now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 3–4 pm, Frankfurt Studio, hall 4.0 (room Europa)

In light of the forthcoming European Accessibility Act, the adoption of the ‘Born accessible’ principle is nowadays on the agenda of all the publishing companies operating in Europe and worldwide. Publishers and all the players in the value chain are working to incorporate accessibility into digital mainstream production and distribution channels, thus providing the same titles to everyone, in the same places and in the same times.

Thanks to the participation of accessibility experts working in the field, the seminar will focus on three key aspects of accessibility:

  • Born accessible publications vs conversion of digital publications;
  • Image descriptions: how authors and publishers can provide meaningful descriptions for all images;
  • How to distribute accessibility metadata in the value chain.

Participants:

Cristina Mussinelli, Secretary General Fondazione LIA
Stacy Scott, Accessibility Manager Taylor & Francis
Mélissa Haquenne, Product Manager Cantook Publishing


Chaired by:

Porter Anderson, Editor in Chief Publishing Perspective

Organised by Fondazione LIA in collaboration with Federation of European Publishers, International Publishers Association and Frankfurter Buchmesse, in the framework of Aldus Up, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Aldus Up

Inclusion and accessibility in different regions of the world

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 11.30 am–12.30 pm, hall 4.C, room Alliance

Accessibility involves designing systems to optimize access. How can this be achieved in children’s books? How can children’s books give equal access and opportunities to content, including minority groups? In this panel, we’ll discuss about projects and experiences in different countries: Iran, Mexico and Brazil.

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 11.30 am–12.30 pm, hall 4.C, room Alliance

Accessibility involves designing systems to optimize access. How can this be achieved in children’s books? How can children’s books give equal access and opportunities to content, including minority groups? In this panel, we’ll discuss about projects and experiences in different countries: Iran, Mexico and Brazil.

Participants:

Mónica Bergna (Alboroto, México)
Lulu Lima (Mil Caramiolas, Brazil)
Sahar Tarhandeh (Tuti Books, Iran)

Moderation:

Mariela Nagle

Organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse and German Federal Foreign Office, in the framework of Aldus Up, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Volles Publikum bei einer Lesung

Reading in the Dark® - Marie Gamillscheg: Aufruhr der Meerestiere

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 7.30 pm, Orangerie im Günthersburgpark
Event in German language

Reading without seeing - what different approaches to books are there for blind and visually impaired people?
Author Marie Gamillscheg and blind reader Sabine Lohner read from Gamillscheg's current book "Aufruhr der Meeerestiere" (Luchterhand Verlag). In the novel, which is on the longlist for the German Book Prize, marine biologist Luise returns to her hometown of Graz for a project. It tells the story of years of speechlessness and strangeness between father and daughter.

Thursday, 20 October 2022, 7.30 pm, Orangerie im Günthersburgpark
Event in German language

Reading without seeing - what different approaches to books are there for blind and visually impaired people?
Author Marie Gamillscheg and blind reader Sabine Lohner read from Gamillscheg's current book "Aufruhr der Meeerestiere" (Luchterhand Verlag). In the novel, which is on the longlist for the German Book Prize, marine biologist Luise returns to her hometown of Graz for a project. It tells the story of years of speechlessness and strangeness between father and daughter.

After the reading, the author and reader will talk together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Kahlisch (director of dzb lesen) about the novel and access to literature for people with disabilities. 

Reading in the Dark®, developed by Fondazione LIA, is an experiential event format in the dark. It aims to make sighted people aware of the different ways literature can be received and the new possibilities digital forms of publication open up. 

Chaired by:

Gesa Ufer, radioeins

Look forward to a special literary experience!

Free admission.

Organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, mediacampus frankfurt, Blinden- und Sehbehindertenbund in Hessen e.V. (BSBH), Fondazione LIA and Deutsches Zentrum für barrierefreies Lesen (dzb lesen).
In the framework of BOOKFEST city and supported by the EU project Aldus Up.

Gestapelte Bücher. Das oberste buch ist aufgeschlagen

Accessible reading: When will we be ready?

Friday, 21 October 2022, 1.30-2.15 pm, Forum Education, Hall 3.1, D12
Event in German language

eBooks, eJournals, websites and digital educational media - it goes without saying that they must also be usable at all times without restriction for the blind and visually impaired. But this is not the case. The legislator has also recognised this and has become active. Where are the problems? What has already been achieved? What still needs to be done? Who needs to move?

Friday, 21 October 2022, 1.30-2.15 pm, Forum Education, Hall 3.1, D12
Event in German language

eBooks, eJournals, websites and digital educational media - it goes without saying that they must also be usable at all times without restriction for the blind and visually impaired. But this is not the case. The legislator has also recognised this and has become active. Where are the problems? What has already been achieved? What still needs to be done? Who needs to move?

Participant:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kahlisch, Managing Director Deutsches Zentrum für barrierefreies Lesen (dzb lesen)

Moderation:

Katja Irle, educational journalist

More Events

Translation in the spotlight at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022

Blind Translation

Podcast session with Maureen Ekizoglu now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 10 am, Translation Centre, Hall 4.0, G 114
Event in German language

What does translation mean for blind people? What role do sending, receiving and reception play when one depends on translations in everyday life? A lecture by the DIALOGMUSEUM Frankfurt that looks at translation from a different perspective, abstracts and shows surprising parallels to text-based translation. With Petrine Waagö and Maureen Ekizoglu.

Podcast session with Maureen Ekizoglu now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 10 am, Translation Centre, Hall 4.0, G 114
Event in German language

What does translation mean for blind people? What role do sending, receiving and reception play when one depends on translations in everyday life? A lecture by the DIALOGMUSEUM Frankfurt that looks at translation from a different perspective, abstracts and shows surprising parallels to text-based translation. With Petrine Waagö and Maureen Ekizoglu.

Organised by the Frankfurter Buchmesse and DIALOGMUSEUM Frankfurt.
In the framework of Aldus Up, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Maureen Ekizoglu

Blind Translation - Podcast Talk

Now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 4-4.25 pm, Hall 4.0, G59
Event in German language

Maureen Ekizoglu as a guest on podcast radio detektor.fm, the official podcast partner of the Frankfurter Buchmesse.
What does translation mean for blind people? What role do sending, receiving and reception play when you depend on translations in everyday life? Maureen Ekizoglu from the DIALOGMUSEUM Frankfurt looks at translation from a different perspective.

Now available in our media library | Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 4-4.25 pm, Hall 4.0, G59
Event in German language

Maureen Ekizoglu as a guest on podcast radio detektor.fm, the official podcast partner of the Frankfurter Buchmesse.
What does translation mean for blind people? What role do sending, receiving and reception play when you depend on translations in everyday life? Maureen Ekizoglu from the DIALOGMUSEUM Frankfurt looks at translation from a different perspective.

The DIALOGMUSEUM is an adventure museum and social enterprise. It houses DIALOG IM DUNKELN - an exhibition on discovering the invisible: Small groups of visitors are guided through a lightless, scenographic exhibition by blind and visually impaired guides. This creates a unique and sustainable change of perspective that sensitises and at the same time strengthens the themes of inclusion, empathy and dialogue.

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