Our stages for your events

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Take advantage of this affordable yet attention-grabbing option to present yourself at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. We offer big centres of attraction for the press, public and trade visitors. If you are an exhibitor, use the opportunity and present your authors, books and products on our stages. Your audience: 10,000 journalists, more than 278,000 trade visitors and private visitors from all over the world.

Stage impressions

Lesezelt (Reading tent, Agora)

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This is where readings, book presentations and literary award ceremonies are held. In addition to the programme content, the cosy reading-tent atmosphere and free Yogi Tea offered in the entrance area invite readers to linger here. The “Lesezelt” (reading tent) offers room for 300 people. Seating options include alcoves along the edges and chairs in front of on the stage. An alcove is made available to organisers during their event.
Particularly attractive feature: You can also book the “Signierzelt” (book-signing tent) at the centre of the Agora for your author following your event.

Stage 16 sqm
max. 5 speakers
approx. 340 seats + 100 standing room places

Open Stage (Agora)

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Spanning 260 sqm, this light canopy in the middle of the Agora is one of the fair’s largest event areas, making it THE stage for activities and larger events of all kinds. Spanning 260 sqm, this light canopy in the middle of the Agora is one of the fair’s largest event areas, making it THE stage for activities and larger events of all kinds. The Open Stage offers a raised stage, audio system and plenty of space – an open-air space, it’s nevertheless weatherproof thanks to transparent side panels, heating units, parasol heaters and blankets. The giant screen behind the stage is a real eye-catcher, already attracting attention from afar. It makes it easy to trans- form the Open Stage into an open-air cinema...

Don’t forget: Also book a slot in “Signierzelt“ (book signing tent) for your author following your event.

Stage: 16 sqm
approx. 100 seating cubes, room for a large crowd for large events

Stage at the Children’s Book Centre (Hall 3.0)

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Everything here is dedicated to children’s and young adult media. Clear the stage for discussion groups, book presentations and author readings for the younger generation! Hall 3.0 is the centre of the kids’ universe: Here you will find all notable German-language children’s book publishers, as well as large and small exhibitors from Russia, Spain, Italy, Asia and many other countries and continents. From Wednesday to Friday, numerous prestigious award ceremonies, professional events dedicated to various topics and, of course, readings are held on the Kids‘ Stage. At the weekend, visitors and their children flock to see well-known authors of children’s and young adult media. This stage is perfect for dancing, singing and other performances!

Stage: 15 sqm
max. 5 speakers
approx. 60 seats + 100 standing room places

Further information on children's and young adults' media

International Stage (Hall 5.1)

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Our stage in Hall 5 is surrounded by exhibitors from all around the world. 16 This is a place for lively exchanges about current developments in the internati-
onal book industry, as well as about literature and about cultural policy issues. Also German publishers and institutions use this stage to promote internationally relevant topics. You too can present your products here to potential business partners from other countries, and encourage your own international partners to do the same. Of course, the stage is also suitable for readings by authors from all parts of the world, who can use it to present their works to an interested (trade) audience.

Stage: 12 sqm
max. 4 speakers
approx. 35 seats + 50 standing room places

Further information on International Diversity on the Frankfurt Book Fair

Forum Science & Education (Hall 4.2)

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This innovative environment is ideal for current topics in science, education and technology as well as socio-political talks in the fields of politics, finance, economics and law. The Forum Science & Education shares a stage with exhibitors in the Hot Spot Education.

Stage: 15 sqm
max. 5 speakers
approx. 70 seats + 50 standing room places

Further information on academic publishing, specialist information, education

Self-Publishing Area (Hall 3.0)

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The Self-Publishing Area is where workshops, discussions, panels and presentations on the topic of self-publishing in the German market are held. Here, providers can give authors valuable tips regarding, for example, marketing their titles, book sales and self-publishing and rights issues. A large portion of the programme is put together by us and our partners – but there is still also room for your thematic presentation.

Stage: 15 sqm
max. 5 speakers
approx. 50 seats + 100 standing room places

Further information on the Self-Publishing Area

Gourmet Gallery: Show Kitchen and Gourmet Salon (Hall 3.1)

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In one of the busiest halls of the Frankfurt Book Fair, companies present their newest cookbooks and baking books, wine guides, culinary travel guides, food-related fiction, enhanced e-books, apps, calendars as well as gift and decoration ideas. The media-effective SHOW KITCHEN iis the heart of the Gourmet Gallery and is very popular with trade and general visitors. Take advantage of this attractive stage to present your cooking show. The GOURMET SALON is available for your readings, wine tastings, press conference or talk.

Show Kitchen
Stage: 6 x 3.5 m, fully equipped kitchen
max. 4 people in the kitchen
approx. 50 seats + 300 standing room places

Gourmet Salon
Stage: 5 x 1.5 m
max. 3 speakers
approx. 30 seats + 50 standing room places

LitCam Stage (Hall 3.1)

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Education, exercise, books – and football: In the Culture Stadium „Goal for Education“, you can present your football-related titles or host educational discussions regarding your products. LitCam is a non-profit organisation that advocates for educational equality. It implements its own projects, which sup- port disadvantaged children and youth, equipping them with skills for life.

Stage: approx. 4 x 3 m
max. 5 speakers
approx. 50 seats (poufs) + 100 standing room places

Further information on the LitCam-Project

Hot Spot Stages (Hall 4.0, 4.2 & 6.2)

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The stages in the Hot Spots offer service and technology providers an ideal opportunity to present themselves as innovative businesses to a wide audience, easily and without extensive preparation. You can book the following thematic Hot Spots:

  • Publishing Services (Hall 4.0)
  • Education (Hall 4.2)
  • Professional & Scientific Information (Hall 4.2)
  • Digital Innovation (Hall 6.2)

Depending on the Hot Spot:
Stage: 12 - 15 sqm
max. 3 - 5 speakers
approx. 35 - 70 seats + 50- 60 standing room places

Further information on the Hot Spot Stages

THE ARTS+ Runway and THE ARTS+ Salon (Hall 4.1)

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THE ARTS+ is the new marketplace for people dealing in cultural content – a space for the new avant-garde of the creative economy to meet.
THE ARTS+ RUNWAY is a stage for enthralling performances, interactive presentations and unexpected pitching events at the interface between creativity and technology. THE ARTS+ SALON brings together players from different industries. It is the ideal stage for interviews, talks or receptions.
Not directly bookable – curated programme.
More on THE ARTS+

Signing Tents (Agora)

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Our two signing tents stand at the heart of the Buchmesse. Here, visitors can get close to the authors signing their books.

1 table for signing and selling books, 2 chairs, 1 shelf for presenting books, book stands, a rear panel that can be used for posters etc., heater, service per- sonnel as contact persons and to guide visitors.
Those hosting activities on the Open Stage or in the Reading Tent can book slots in either of the signing tents following their event.

NEW: From September, exhibitors will be able to book free slots in the signing tents for sessions with authors who have not been involved in an event on one of the Agora stages. Please consult the calendar which we will make available in good time as part of the booking tool online.

Evening events

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Become an event organizer yourself and design your own programme. We’ll provide you with the stage, and with the sound and video equipment. The experienced trade-fair caterers Accente Services will take care of you and your guests. Create an ambience that fits your event and show your guests the Buchmesse in an entirely new, evening light.

In the halls: 6:00 – 8:00 pm inclusive setup and dismantling
On the Agora: 6:00 – 9:00 pm inclusive setup and dismantling

Independent Publisher’s Reading Island (Hall 4.1)

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Kurt Wolff Foundation, which promotes a diverse publishing and literature scene, stands for literary quality and exciting experimentation. On the Independent Publisher’s Reading Island, it organises an appropriately varied and ambitious series of readings, often with unfamiliar authors ready to be discovered here.
Not directly bookable – curated programme.

Orbanism Space (Hall 4.1)

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In the Orbanism Space, the stage is devoted to the topic of digital publishing. Trade visitors and the general public will be equally enthusiastic about the readings, interviews, panel discussions, actions and receptions held here.
Not directly bookable – curated programme.

Hosting an event at your stand

A small platform with a big effect. Stand events are a perfect platform for networking and for presenting your products. With creative and pleasant events, you also attract journalists to your stand.
Instructions on hosting a stand party

Promote your business with social media
And don't forget to advertise your event on social media channels.
How to do social media - a guide 2017

Any questions?

+49 (0) 69 2102-0


Book your stage online

Services & Prices from 2017

Price* per slot 30 minutes** 60 minutes**
Hall stages 3, 4, 5, 6:
on all fair days (Wed - Sun) 640 € 850 €
Lesezelt, Open Stage (Agora):
on trade visitor days (Wed - Fri) 640 € 850 €
on general visitor days (Sat + Sun) 850 € 1,190 €
Book-signing tent 

following your event at the Lesezelt/Open Stage on all fair days (Wed - Sun)

50 € / 30 min
Evening event:
on all fair days (Wed - Sat) from 1,190 € to 2,900 € ***

* The quoted prices are binding and subject to Value Added Tax at the applicable official rate.
incl. assembly and dismantling. Set up and dismantling times are included in the slot price. Please be sure to finish your event punctually so that the next clients can make the most of the time they have booked

*** Prices vary according to the stage and duration of the event. Prices do not cover the costs of catering, additional furniture, supplementary tickets for guests from outside the fair, or personnel.

All slot prices include:

  • Provision of a professional event area
  • Between 40 and 340 seats and twice as many standing places (depending on the stage)
  • Technical equipment for stage
  • 30-minute or 60-minute slot for event (incl. set-up and dismantling)
  • Technical support
  • Personal support from our stage staff
  • Presentation of your products during the event
  • Opportunity to sell books (at the fixed shop price) during the event
  • Book-signing tent for your author following events in the Lesezelt or at the Open Stage
  • Announcement of the event at the stage and in the programme
  • Inclusion in the Calendar of Events