The Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from 14-18 October in the exhibition centre and, at the same time, virtually. A decision to that effect was made on Wednesday 27th by the Supervisory Board of BBG (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Beteiligungsgesellschaft / German Publishers & Booksellers Association).
“Frankfurter Buchmesse is the showcase for the international book industry, which is one of the reasons why it has become increasingly popular in recent years – not only with trade visitors and for the rights business, but also with readers. It has become an international forum for intellectual exchange. We want to make use of this potential for discourse despite the pandemic, maintaining it on behalf of the book industry and its future,” said Siegmar Mosdorf, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
“This year, it is more important than ever that Frankfurter Buchmesse takes place,” emphasised Juergen Boos, director of Frankfurter Buchmesse. “Thanks to activities on the fairgrounds and to book events on site and virtually, we are putting a spotlight on our authors, industry and trends. Because of the corona pandemic, Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 will be a special edition – an on-site programme combined with a forward-looking digital offer.”
Frankfurter Buchmesse expects exhibitors from throughout Europe to participate in the event in Frankfurt and, depending on future travel restrictions, from further abroad as well. Details on programme planning and this year’s campaign will be made available at the end of June.
The guest of honour of this year's edition is Canada.
As announced, the number of visitors permitted on the fairgrounds will be determined by the extent of the floor space used in October.
Last year, the fair was visited by 7450 exhibitors from 104 countries. It was attended by 302 267 visitors.