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Frankfurt Book Fair Announces BOOKFEST Digital for October 17, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
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IBPA members encouraged to register (it's free) and submit content ideas prior to July 31st deadline.
BOOKFEST Digital will happen October 17, 2020

This week, organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair (aka Frankfurter Buchmesse) have announced a virtual option for the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair program entitled BOOKFEST digital. According to the Frankfurt Book Fair website:

“The Saturday of the fair will see the launch of BOOKFEST digital! On 17 October 2020, literature and culture fans all over the world will experience a virtual, moderated spectacle – one like never before – live in their own homes. With top-class artists, authors, interactive discussions on current topics, and creative performances."

The official Frankfurt Book Fair site continues:

"Early in the morning, the show will start with contributions primarily for the Asian region, followed by European events, until the programme is completed in America in the late evening. All over the world, literature and culture fans will be able to experience the BOOKFEST feeling in their own homes. Streamed via Facebook, Youtube or the website of Frankfurter Buchmesse, they will be able to immerse themselves in the topics that interest them – live and free of charge."

"Since participation [in BOOKFEST digital] is free for publishers, everyone has a chance to be a part of the excitement regardless of company size," said IBPA Editorial Advisory Committee member Sherry Nigam, publisher at SAE International. "In addition, Frankfurter Buchmesse has put out a call for creative ideas to make this experience entertaining, international, and colorful. I find this exciting."

IBPA members are encouraged to submit their ideas for consideration. Possible categories suggested by the organizers include:

  • Live talks
  • Cultural and literary performances
  • Discussions on politics and society
  • Interactive Meet & Greets with stars, authors, and artists
  • Book and technology presentations
  • Deep dives into the latest topics
  • Lifestyle, travel and culinary themed events
  • Music and cooking shows

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020. IBPA members can find out more, and submit their ideas here.

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