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THE ARTS+18: Much to see

There is not only an amazing programme at #theartsplus18 but also amazing exhibitors on THE ARTS+ fairground in hall 4.1. – and we´d love to present you the highlights.

Maya Kodes, the world ‘s first pop interactive virtual singer!

Maya Kodes is a virtual star who sings, dances and interacts with its live audience through state-of-the-art real-time motion capture techniques in the latest generation of holographic system. Maya is in symbiosis with her audience and she performs never seen musical concerts.

by Neweb Labs(Öffnet neues Fenster) 

Read more in our interview.


Discovering Cultural Heritage in Chinese Architecture

Get introduced to numerous creative works around the theme of cultural heritage with a special focus on Chinese architecture and meet the world-famous architect Xu Tiantian.

Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hall 4.1 Stand N97



The Fair Grounds: Popular Culture meets High Tech and High Art

Carnivalesque attractions and amusement rides augmented with immersive technologies. Take a seat on the Fiat Panda time traveller to participate in a virtual racing game, put on an AR gear and see what happens! Also, don’t miss out the Candyfloss Stand ZOET!

Fair Grounds by dropstuff(Öffnet neues Fenster) in collaboration with the EYE Filmmuseum, and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Rides at Hall 4.1 N87 / R87 / Q109

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The World as a Field of Data/Open Codes II

The Center for Art and Media (ZKM) shows exhibits of its current exhibition focusing on a world that is increasingly driven by data. The data cloud shows the vast number of electronic interfaces like smartphones, computers TVs that accompany us in everyday life.

By ZKM at Hall 4.1 Q71


Silicon Vilstal is a rural initiative in Lower Bavaria, focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.

After an amazing stage performance at THEARTS+ 2017, they have their „Heimat für Neues / Heritage reloaded“ booth this year, reminiscent of an old farm parlor. At THEARTS+ 2018, Silicon Vilstal shows examples of cross-over projects between heritage and design&digital: Fashion designers reinventing traditional costumes together with rural people +++ Old songs in bavarian dialect that anticpated the tiny house trend already centuries ago +++ the culture of Bavarian card plays shifted into a digital platform with 400.000 users +++ the hidden stories in traditional dances uncovered in the format of a folk dance opera …

Stay tuned for interactive micro events at the Silicon Vilstal booth at THEARTS+. Halle 4.1, Stand Q95



Presentation of the most beautiful books of 2018, including talks and lectures. Halle 4.1, Stand H74/H77


GUEST OF HONOUR GEORGIA – Frankfurter Museumsinsel Hall 4.1 N71-77

For the first time, 17 Frankfurt cultural institutions will present their programmes on the theme of Georgia Guest of Honour/Georgia made by characters at the Frankfurt Buchmesse.


The Frankfurt cultural institutions

Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt am Main


Ausstellungshalle 1A

basis e.V.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Katholische Akademie Rabanus Maurus / Haus am Dom

Klingspor Museum

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

KunstRaum Bernusstraße


Museum Angewandte Kunst


Schauspiel Frankfurt

Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt



Please click the link to an interview with Simone Bühler(Öffnet neues Fenster), Head of the Guest of Honour programme at the Frankfurter Buchmesse(Öffnet neues Fenster). In this interview, she presents the highlights of this year’s Guest of Honour, Georgia, at the Frankfurter Buchmesse and reveals her personal literary highlights.


Café ARTS+

Poster exhibition Gastland Georgien Hall 4.1 R35

Illustration exhibition „My Image of Georgia“ Hall 4.1 P37

In the café next to the ARTS+ Salon two exhibitions about the guest of honor Georgia are presented.



Events at THE ARTS+  


GAMES : “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”

Saturday, 13.10.2018, 12:00 Uhr, THE ARTS+ Runway – Halle 4.1, M 53

With experts we play and discuss the award-winning PC game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice



Sunday, 14.10.2018, 12:00 Uhr, THE ARTS+ Runway – Halle 4.1, M 53

FBM x MainSlam – Buchmesse Poetry Slam – Kais Bashariar, Enrico Josche, Jürgen Klumpe



Daily Happy Hour at 17:30 Uhr, Runway Hall 4.1 M53.

Meet exhibitors, fair visitors, creatives, speakers of our programms and artist.



Donnerstag, 11.10.2018, 10:30 Uhr, THE ARTS+ Runway – Halle 4.1, M 53

Content Startup of the Year 2018 Award



The grand finale of the industry’s accelerator CONTENTshift will take place at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. Five startups will pitch in front of the jury and the audience. The best team will be named “Content Startup of the Year“ and will receive a funding amount of 10.000 euros.

The finalists of 2018 are:

– ekidz.eu(Öffnet neues Fenster) (Germany): Digital language lab for children to strengthen their reading competence
– MindZip(Öffnet neues Fenster) (Germany): App to sustainably memorize knowledge
– Scienceroot(Öffnet neues Fenster) (Romania): A blockchain-based scientific ecosystem
– SigmundTalks.io(Öffnet neues Fenster) (Germany): Individualized content marketing via chatbot
– SummarizeBot(Öffnet neues Fenster) (Latvia): Semantic analysis and aggregation of content

https://www.contentshift.de/en(Öffnet neues Fenster)

Everyone is welcome to stop by!


Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

Donnerstag, 12.10.2018, 18:00 Uhr, THE ARTS+ Runway – Halle 4.1, M 53

Award Ceremony of the three Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards:

Best international  literary adaption, Best international literary adaption for children or young adults, Best illustrated book on film

Click here to see our complete exhibitor´s list(Öffnet neues Fenster).


We´re looking forward to see you at THE ARTS+ 2018!