An international literature programme with a first-class line-up in the new Frankfurt Pavilion, bestseller events on the exhibition grounds, plus poetry slams, tastings and discussions in cool Frankfurt locations: Welcome to BOOKFEST – Frankfurter Buchmesse’s international festival for literature, stories and ideas! From 10 to 14 October 2018, for five days and five nights, exciting events will take place in unusual locations around the city.

With BOOKFEST, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has created a new festival that not only provides the perfect stage for authors and ideas during the day, but also promises visitors memorable experiences in a singular atmosphere at night. “When the day’s business at the fair is done, an exhilarating blend of trade and private visitors emerges in many locations around the city”, explains Marketing Director Markus Gogolin. These venues include: Walden, Libertine Lindenberg, Club Michel, 25hours – The Trip, the English Theatre, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum), Genussakademie and many others.

Already in 2017, the idea of creating a meeting place for fair visitors, exhibitors and Frankfurt locals in the evening, beyond the exhibition grounds, was implemented very successfully on a small scale. This year, BOOKFEST will be a festival for the entire city. “Rather than classic readings, we will hold interactive events like poetry slams, talks, cooking events and performances that touch on a very wide range of topics at almost 20 bars and unusual locations in Frankfurt”, says Frank Pauli, Director Business Development, explaining the festival’s atmospheric character. The idea being that, in this way, it will be possible to reach those who aren’t typically part of the Book Fair audience.

That said, naturally BOOKFEST will also take place on an extensive scale on the exhibition grounds themselves. In the “Harmonie” Hall, visitors can see national and international stars live: On Thursday, 11 October 2018, bestselling Swedish author Håkan Nesser will meet the cast of the film adaptation of his thriller “Barin’s Triangle”. The film adaption “Intrigo: Death of an Author” will be released across Europe in October. On Saturday, 13 October 2018, German Comedian Otto Waalkes will prove that, even at 70, he’s anything but subdued. In conversation with Bernd Eilert, the solo entertainer will present his recently published biography “Kleinhirn an alle” (Cerebellum to All).

Another festival highlight is the Frankfurt Pavilion, the new emblem of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Occupying 500 m² and being 6.5-m tall, the iconic wooden structure serves both as the main stage for events with authors and industry experts from around the world and as the heart of BOOKFEST. Almost 50 events will be held there – with authors and prominent guests including bestselling authors Paul Beatty, Meg Wolitzer, Maja Lunde, Deniz Yücel, Dimitry Glukhovsky, Cixin Liu, Robert Seethaler and German musician Udo Lindenberg. On Sunday, 14 October 2018, from 9.30 am to 2 pm, the pavilion will host events for families and children.

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