The Leipzig Book Fair returned after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 2,000 exhibitors from 40 countries were taking part in the fair. German Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth emphasised the importance of the fair stating that the Leipzig Book Fair is one of the "largest and most important in the whole of Europe".
It is a fair that 'builds a bridge to Central and Eastern Europe'. This is of "central importance in times of war in Ukraine," said Roth, as quoted by the ARD television website. "The fair is a celebration of democracy, because literature is the voice of democracy," she added.
According to the organisers, more than 2,000 exhibitors from 40 countries have signed up to participate in the fair. The Leipzig Book Fair is first and foremost an event for the public: as part of the accompanying 'Leipzig Reads' festival, more than 3,000 events are planned at 350 locations in the exhibition halls and throughout the city.
The fair in Leipzig ended on Sunday. The Polish stand, which we wrote about here, was organised by the Book Institute.