Events

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021

FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE 20 – 24 OCTOBER 2021. Once a year Frankfurter Buchmesse turns into the world capital of ideas. It is the most important international trade fair for publishing and content of all kinds – from novels and children’s books to scientific databases. Here, experts from global publishing meet partners from the technology industry and related creative industries such as film and games. Thus, it is the hub of the international rights and licensing trade, and from here new cooperations and business models take their course.

At the same time, the fair is a major cultural event, attracting literature enthusiasts and making Frankfurt the centre of the international media world in October.

Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the organisation behind Frankfurter Buchmesse. It is a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels).

The Frankfurt Book Fair GmbH (FBM), a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, has been awarded the audit berufundfamilie certificate since 2008.

Frankfurter Buchmesse has been organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH since 1949 when 205 German exhibitors met in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt for the first post-war book fair. However, the history of Frankfurter Buchmesse goes back much further – to the 15th century. At that time Johannes Gutenberg invented book printing just a few kilometres from downtown Frankfurt. 

Today, Frankfurter Buchmesse is the largest book fair in the world, an international trademark and a model for cultural events. The company is active in international publishing throughout the year and well beyond the trade fair days.

Photo credits: Marc Jacquemin, Copyright Frankfurt Book Fair
Eröffnungsfeier der Frankfurter Buchmesse am 13. Oktober 2020 in der Festhalle.
Sprecher*innen:
Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Vorsteherin des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels
Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessischer Minister für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen
Prof. Monika Grütters, Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien
Peter Feldmann, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Vivian Perkovic, Moderatorin 
Juergen Boos, Direktor der Frankfurter Buchmesse