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Frankfurt Book Fair 2021

We look forward to being present at the Frankfurt book fair again: From 20 to 24 October 2021, you will find us in hall 3.1, stand D 102. Go live with us: From Wednesday through Saturday, we interview inspirational authors, these events will subsequently be published on this website. Join us online to check out our digital offers on literature, current affairs and language. We look forward to seeing you!

Time to listen

The video project ‘Time to listen’ offers a collection of stories recorded in their own homes by writers drawn from all modes of art and from all parts of the world. In this new chapter headed ‘Finally...!’ the stories play with this word that amounts to a kind of sigh: does it denote the end of an upsetting situation, or mark a grand and exciting finale?
Live in Frankfurt and on YouTube, curator Thomas Böhm will be talking to one of the contributing authors from 1 to 2 p.m. (CEST) Wednesday to Saturday.

Livestream Wednesday, 20.10.2021: Michal Hvorecký Livestream Thursday, 21.10.2021: Zaia Alexander Livestream Friday, 22.10.2021: Antje Rávik Strubel Livestream Saturday, 23.10.2021: Colm Tóibín
More information about the authors

Interview with Shida Bazyar

Shida Bazyar Photo (Detail): © picture alliance/dpa | Georg Wendt Why do we believe storytellers? And why do they sometimes have to lie to us? A discussion in German with Shida Bazyar about female, post-migrant writing, the NSU and literary criticism. By Regine Hader


The graffiti by Alex Lazich at the Messe underground station in Frankfurt am Main © Goethe-Institut

Street-Art Project

On the occasion of the Frankfurt book fair, the Goethe-Institut and the cities of Toronto and Frankfurt am Main broght Frankfurt street artist Justus “Cor” Becker to create a downtown mural in Toronto. Canadian artist Alexander “Bacon” Lazich created mural at the suburban railway station “Frankfurt-Messe”. You’ll find the corresponding videos here.

A GIF with changing people and faces © Goethe-Institut

Jemand Society

The Jemand Society is here with unexpected interventions that will challenge you to imagine, speculate and take action towards imaginable and desirable futures. Are you ready? Sign up and become a Future Agent now!

further cultural and language offers

International Relief Fund, Grafic: © Katja Römer International Relief Fund, Grafic: © Katja Römer

International Relief Fund 2021

In 2020, the Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut initiated the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education in response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on cultural organisations abroad. The consortium partners of the International Relief Fund have agreed to continue the funding in 2021.

Unser Leben in Deutschland Foto: © Goethe-Institut.

Our lives in Germany

How does learning German impact your life? Yiğit, Riesta, Simone, Eric and Imam speak German as a foreign language and live in Germany since quite a while. They all have their own stunning story. Its time to listen: dive into the perspective of migrants, who report about setting up a new live in short videos.


Are you into teaching German as a foreign language? Listening is also the motto of our big digital conference worldwide: the GETVICO24 is a virtual and innovative platform about the German language which leads you in 24 hours around the world. Diversity and sustainability are the main topics of the conference. No matter where you are right now: listen in, get in contact and discuss with your colleagues all over the world.

Start: October 20th 2021 at 21:00 CET for 24 hours


With the literature project „Weltenschreiber“ young people were introduced to literary writing. The project was implemented by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2018. The Goethe-Institut cooperated in this exciting project in order to implement it through its network with young German learners abroad. At seven Goethe-Institutes in Eastern and Central Europe, students not only developed personal access to the German literary scene through exchanges with German authors, but also improved their own expression in German as a foreign language.