We are celebrating reading – finally back in Leipzig. From 27th to 30th April 2023, the Leipzig Book Fair will take place in conjunction with Manga Comic Con and will present authors with their novelties, publishers and service providers and the whole world of books for four days. With proven, but also new event formats, the Leipzig Book Fair opens and its Leipzig Reading Festival reads new discussion rooms that are needed more urgently than ever these days. The host country Austria also contributes to this. With a broad stage program, the neighboring country creates surprisingly new insights into seemingly familiar worlds. Cultural diversity stands above the newly designed children’s and youth area in Hall 3. In a broadly designed workshop program, initiatives show the importance of reading and learning for cultural education and social participation.
“The publishing world is looking ahead and thus to Leipzig,” says Martin Buhl-Wagner, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe. Numerous well-known publishers – from large groups to small ideas – have registered for the Leipzig Book Fair 2023. Together with us, they want to celebrate the world of literature, give food for thought, but also create spaces for discussion that are so urgently needed in these times. We are very much looking forward to it!”
Registration for the Leipzig Book Fair and Manga Comic Con is still open until the 15th. November possible. Thanks to the support of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), exhibitors receive a discount on their stand rent as part of the Neustart Kultur funding program. The support does not have to be applied for separately, but will be deducted directly from invoicing. All information about registration and Leipzig can be found at
www.leipziger-buchmesse.de/become an exhibitor.
Austria becomes a guest country of the Leipzig Book Fair 2023
“Meaoiswiamia”, i.e. “more than us”, is the motto of the host country Austria – and thus a clear announcement to the audience to leave familiar ways of thinking. Because precisely because many believe they know our neighbors very well, Austria deliberately wants to break with these clichés. With an extensive supporting program, the host country invites you to discover the diverse cultural scene – in the form of literature, but also drama, art or music. A Literaturhaus tour through the German-speaking area is currently taking place to give a first insight into the program in Leipzig. All information at:
Portugal also finally wants to show itself to the audience in the Leipzig exhibition halls. After the pandemic-related cancellation, the elaborately designed presentation could not be shown so far. In 2023, selected elements will now be presented to trade fair visitors and offer the authors from Portugal a suitable stage.
Book fair opens up new discussion rooms: “It has never been more urgent than talking to each other now.”
“It has never been more urgent than talking to each other now, also arguing with each other, but always listening to each other,” says Buchmessdirektor Oliver Zille. “If the word can do one thing, it is to open up new perspectives, to surprise and – at best – to better understand each other. If the book fair succeeds next year, we have fulfilled our most important goal. That’s what we stand for and that’s what we stand for!”
Literature from Southeast Europe presents the Traduki network as part of the Leipzig Book Fair. This brings ten countries and their German-speaking partners, who otherwise rarely appear together on the political or cultural stage, to a stand: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. In addition, the Traduki network invites authors to explore similarities, but also differences in identity in conversation and in readings.
Forum for an open society | Culture in focus: Workshops for children and young people
For the first time, the forum for an open society opens. In one-hour slots, social topics around diversity and diversity are discussed. The participants in the conversation include authors as well as politicians, scientists and journalists. Numerous other political stages such as Café Europa or Forum Worldwide enable spaces for thought for international discussions. In order to give space to Ukrainian publishers and authors, a separate stage opens.
Reading is vital and already from childhood – not only to find your way around everyday life, but also to be part of society and our democracy. The Leipzig Book Fair has been committed to this for many years. With a broad program for cultural education, children and young people are taken into the world of words at an early age. For the first time this year there will be a wide range of workshops. With target group-specific art forms such as rap, poetry, poetry slam, theater or street art, children and young people immerse themselves in a variety of topics such as diversity, cosmopolitanism and democracy education, but also reading enthusiasm, literary education and creativity. Hundreds of readings for children and teenagers as well as fantasy fans take you into fabulous fantasy worlds. For the first time this year, there will also be a separate podcast stage together with the podcast Bücheralarm. Visitors can not only follow the creation of podcasts, but also actively participate themselves.
Everything revolves around the learning of tomorrow in the large education sector in Hall 2. In addition to a wide range of exhibitions, an extensive specialist program awaits educators. For the first time, the Forum Teaching Practice (FUP) of the Association of Educational Media opens with practical workshops. The Trendforum Bildung as well as the diverse events for teachers and educators at the Congress Center Leipzig offer exciting impulses.
In Hall 4, in addition to the words, sounds also sound again and again. Because in the large exhibition area Music, visitors not only discover various publishers, but also a broad musical workshop program in the music café. On Friday at the fair, the Music Teachers’ Day will take place again together with the Federal Association of Music Lessons and MDR Klassik and offers exciting ideas for music lessons.
Leipzig reads: New formats for the reading audience and specialist meeting point for the industry
It is not only the largest reading festival in Europe, but also one of the most diverse overviews of the literary world: Leipzig reads. The accompanying event program offers proven formats, but also new inspiring stages. Visitors experience an echo of the media world in the newly created media forum. Every half hour, the editors talk to authors about their spring novelties. ARD and ZDF are also planning big stage appearances with the thinkers of our time. The new stage for author encounters provides surprising impulses. Five to six works will be presented with a thematic focus. Accompanying panel discussions and book tables invite you to immerse yourself in a personal conversation with authors. And reading is also taking place throughout the city: In many places, libraries, cinemas, museums, galleries open in the evening for a rendezvous with literature.
With an extensive specialist program, the Leipzig Book Fair once again offers specialist impulses for the industry. At congresses and networking events, authors, publishers, educators and translators, among others, receive exciting approaches to the future for their daily work. The Leipzig Authors’ Round will finally take place live again. To start the specialist program, the authors and self-publishers are waiting for impulse lectures from experts. Afterwards, the popular table round talks on various topics will take place again. In short slots, this gives the opportunity for personal exchange.
Leipzig Book Fair Prize honors outstanding works of the year
The best works of the year will once again be awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. Until the 23rd In March, the jury can now read through the applications. Then the nominees in the categories fiction, non-fiction/essaying and translation will be announced by the seven-member jury chaired by Insa Wilke. Further information at
Manga Comic-Con for the first time also in Hall 3
Parallel to the Leipzig Book Fair, Manga Comic Con opens again and offers the colorful world of comic, manga and Co. For the first time, the MCC expands from Hall 1 in Hall 3 and merges closely with the area of children and youth as well as fantasy. In addition to exhibitors from the fields of manga, comics and games, a colorful stage program awaits visitors again. Numerous guests of honor from international publishers are expected.
The reading compass will be published next year in a new format and will focus on thematically for the first time with the Comic Edition. The joint prize of the Reading Foundation and Leipzig Book Fair wants to inspire children and young people to read and is under a thematic focus for the first time this year. “Comics and manga are a wonderful way to inspire children to read,” says Kerstin Krämer, project director for the children/youth department of the Leipzig Book Fair. “They are often wonderfully entertaining, sometimes political, sometimes thoughtful and always groundbreaking for the lives of children and young people. We are pleased to give more weight to this so important topic next year.”
Opening hours and prices
The Leipzig Book Fair in conjunction with Manga Comic Con and Lesefest Leipzig liest opens from 27th to 30th. April. Tickets will be available from February at
www.leipziger-buchmesse.de. Ticket prices will be published in November. Currently, no separate hygiene rules apply. To protect your own health, we recommend wearing mouth-nose protection in situations where the minimum distance cannot be maintained. We inform you about changes on our website on a daily basis.
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