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Fair highlights for trade visitors


As a trade visitor, you will find a multi-faceted conference and professional programme: informative, cross-sector, international. Mingle with publishing experts and professionals from other industries at moderated networking events. Discover our free digital offers – simple and easy to use via your access at My Book Fair. And experience 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 features 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: Experience the events on the ARD Buchmessenbühne via livestream live from the Festhalle. With world-class stars, authors and artists, exciting discussion rounds on current topics and lots of good entertainment. Don’t miss the ARD Buchmesse Night on Friday, 16 October 2020, which will be broadcast live nationwide by all cultural broadcasters in Germany.

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, will be discussing the subject of “Europe – connecting cultures”.

Signals of hope

Signals of Hope

Particularly during a worldwide crisis, one thing significantly gains in importance: hope. That’s why we would like to send out signals of hope – as an alternative to a culture of outrage, defamation, and conspiracy theories. Voices of hope from literature and society will be given a digital platform to address the transformative power of new ideas.

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BOOKFEST city features great live events taking place all over Frankfurt. Enjoy readings by your favourite authors, creative performances by renowned artists, and exciting discussions on important topics. Celebrate BOOKFEST city with us!

BOOKFEST digital

BOOKFEST digital

All-new: BOOKFEST digital is a spectacular digital programme for literature fans and cultural aficionados all around the world. Experience international bestselling authors & stars from our two studios – live from 9.30 am to 11.00 pm CEST on 17 October 2020.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Businesswelten

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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Welcome to the cultural event of the year!

Immerse yourself in the cultural scene and meet international stars, best-selling authors, and artists. A wide range of programme highlights awaits you: experience 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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Meeting points for your business in Frankfurt

Meet spontaneously or arrange to meet other trade visitors? Here are our recommendations: Our location partners in Frankfurt have prepared special offers and promotions for you and look forward to your visit


Das Herz von Frankfurt GmbH
Braubachstr. 31
60311 Frankfurt am Main
T: 0178/ 577 28 01

Hessischer Hof

Grandhotel Hessischer Hof
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40
60325 Frankfurt am Main
T: +49 69 7540 - 0


Kleiner Hirschgraben 7
60311 Frankfurt am Main
T: 069-92882700


Jumeirah Frankfurt
Thurn-Und-Taxis-Platz 2
60313 Frankfurt
T: (08000) 001492

We are happy to offer all trade visitors and publishers a welcome Prosecco when they reserve dinner in our Max on One restaurant.
Bookings by mail with the code: BOOKFEST

Steigenberger Hof

Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
Am Kaiserplatz
60311 Frankfurt/Main
T: +49 69 215 121

For table reservations in the Oscars or the gourmet restaurant Francais: