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Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Videos, live streams and discussions – this year, like the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Goethe-Institut is presenting itself exclusively digital. Join us online to check out our digital offers on literature, current affairs and language – free of charge and without registration. You will find all the latest information on this page. We look forward to seeing you!

Panel discussion: The End of a Connected World? © Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH

Panel discussion: The End of a Connected World?

How can cultural networks contribute to a new dialogue in this global crisis? Has the idea of a globalised world become obsolete? These and other questions will be discussed by Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institut, Dr. Stephanie Rosenthal, director at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Matthias Lilienthal, international theatre maker on the Weltempfang at Frankfurt Book Fair.

Literatur und Diktatur - ein Gespräch mit Ronya Othmann


German language courses, exams, translation grant programms, career opportunities - our employees answer your questions about the work of the Goethe-Institut in 45-minute live streams.
You can participate in all events via Youtube:
or you can send us an e-mail: livestream@goethe.de

10:00 Uhr: Volontariat beim Goethe-Institut: Frag uns alles, was Du wissen willst (only in german)

11:00 Uhr: Online-Fortbildungen für Lehrende: Was bietet das Goethe-Institut? (only in german)

14:00 Uhr: Wie funktioniert das Übersetzungsförderungsprogramm des Goethe-Instituts?

Call us and ask our team Everything about translation grant programme and the Goethe-Institut's literary work.

Claudia Amthor-Croft (deutsch, englisch, französisch): +49 89 15921 287
Anne-Bitt Gerecke (deutsch, englisch, französisch, dänisch): +49 30 25906 543
Sebastian Huber (deutsch, englisch, portugiesisch): +49 89 15921 908
Andreas Schmohl (deutsch, englisch): +49 89 15921 852
Miriam Spinrath (deutsch, englisch, französisch): +49 89 15921 213
14:00 Uhr: Sprachkurse und Prüfungen am Goethe-Institut Frankfurt (only in german)

15:00 Uhr: PASCH-Jugendcamp digital: Was ist das, und wie kann ich mitmachen? (only in german)

16:00 Uhr: Mannheim: Wie funktioniert Integration? (only in german)
14:00 Uhr: Welche Berufsmöglichkeiten bietet das Goethe-Institut DaF-Lehrenden? (only in german)

Reading girl Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Event Tips
Buchmesse Digital

What does “being a woman” mean, how can we live sustainably and what's new in literature? This year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is presenting an array of topics in digital form. Here you can find a list of lectures and discussions, that we have put together: Ranging from topics of “cultures of equality”, “prize-winning literature”, “Europe” and “sustainability”.  

Drawn picture; 2 people sit next to each other, inbetween them plays a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Time to listen: When there is a story, there is also a time after

The project “Time to listen” presents a collection of stories - told by storytellers from all areas of art, from all over the world. To kick-off of the second phase of our digital project curator Thomas Böhm and Wiebke Porombka look back at what happened so far and give a first glimpse at the upcoming themes.

Guest of honour Canada

Regards Croisés © Thomas Bethge/Shutterstock

Letter exchange
Crossed Glances

The Festival international de la littérature has invited authors from Europe and Canada to write letters to each other. This correspondence was followed by various virtual encounters. The testimonies of these literary exchanges can be read and listened to.

Reconciliation © Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

Graphic Novels Project

20 authors present new comics and picture stories in German, English, French and Indigenous languages on a term that evokes very different associations and emotions in both countries: Reconciliation.

Humboldt Library © Goethe-Institut

Thomas Giugnard: In the Stacks

The Swiss-Canadian library photographer Thomas Guignard approaches the Goethe Media Space in Toronto with a large-format photographic installation and asks about the design and use of public reading, thinking and research spaces. In which architectures do people meet, how do books and media play a role in the exchange of ideas? Thomas Guignard enters into an exchange with the interested public.

U-Bahnstation Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt/ Main © Goethe-Institut

Frankfurt-Toronto Mural Exchange: Alex Lazich

In autumn 2019 the Goethe-Institut Toronto invited the Frankfurt street art artist Justus Becker to Toronto. Together with other street artists* he created a large-format mural in the centre of the city. In return, Alexander Bacon Lazich will travel to Frankfurt during the Book Fair and, together with Becker, create a public mural at the "Messe" underground station. Motto of the artwork: United in diversity.