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Experience that Frankfurt feeling


It’s Frankfurt from a whole new angle! 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, e.g. at the big ARD Book Fair Stage in the Frankfurter Festhalle, the Blue Sofa, or BOOKFEST city, digitally and at trendy locations throughout the city. Come visit Frankfurt and experience the cultural event of the year!



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.

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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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”.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 Themenwelten Übersicht

Reader Delights

Fans of literature and culture can find a wealth of curated content in our Reader Delights. We invite you on a discovery tour through 18 Reader Delights covering all genres from novels and engaging non-fiction to how-to, graphic novels, and art and photography books.


Do business worldwide – digitally

Discover the free digital offers at the Special Edition of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020. 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, and find new business partners using the matchmaking tool.

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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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