27 - 30 March 2025 Leipzig Book Fair
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02/09/2020 Leipziger Buchmesse

Leipzig Book Fair will take place from 27 - 30 May 2021

Federal Ministry of Culture and Media to Provide One Million Euros in Funding

The Leipzig Book Fair is held together with the reading festival "Leipzig liest", the Manga Comic-Con and the Antiquarian Book Fair next year from 27 to 30 May at the fairgrounds of the Leipziger Messe. The Leipziger Messe has reached this decision in consultation with the Advisory Board of the Leipzig Book Fair.

Federal Cultural Minister Monika Grütters is supporting the Leipzig Book Fair with one million euros from the economic stimulus programme NEUSTART KULTUR to mitigate the consequences of the corona crisis for the industry. The funds are planned to be used to promote exhibitor participation, digital projects and to ensure safe working conditions and accommodations for exhibitors and visitors.

Martin Buhl-Wagner, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe: "First of all, the health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors is a top priority for us. We are taking this into account with the meticulous implementation of our hygiene concept, which has already been approved. As a reliable and competent partner of the book industry, we are creating a flexible framework with the new dates so that the Leipzig Book Fair 2021 can be a successful and enjoyable event".

Oliver Zille, Director of the Leipzig Book Fair, explains: "Holding the Leipzig Book Fair in May gives us more flexibility in organising the event. In respect to the pandemic situation, we can also use the outdoor area and thus have more space for the reading festival "Leipzig liest" and the Manga Comic-Con. The 2022 Leipzig Book Fair will take place again in March as usual."

Burkhard Jung, Mayor of Leipzig and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Leipziger Messe GmbH: “We look forward to welcoming all book fans and those interested in culture to Leipzig in May 2021. The new date is also a good step forward for tourism, hotels and gastronomy in Leipzig. Particularly after the very unfortunate cancellation this year, the forthcoming Leipzig Book Fair and ''Leipzig liest'' are all the more important for the city and the region. We're going to have a great reading festival."

Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Head of the Börsenvereins des deutschen Buchhandels: “I can understand the Leipzig Book Fair's decision to take advantage of postponing it until May 2021. It is an opportunity for the industry."

The format of the Leipzig Book Fair 2021 is now gradually being refined. The exhibitors will receive further information on the postponement and the adaptation of the concept at the end of September.

About the Leipzig Book Fair

The Leipzig Book Fair is the most important spring rendezvous for the book and media industry and is a trade fair for readers, authors, and publishers. It presents the spring's new releases, current themes and trends, and also exhibits novelties from Central and Eastern Europe in addition to new German-language literature. Thanks to the unique combination of a trade fair and "Leipzig liest" - Europe's largest reading festival - the book fair has become a magnet for the public. The Manga Comic-Con (MCC) will open together with the Leipzig Book Fair. The 26th Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair will take place at the same time.


Julia Lücke
Julia Lücke
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