2024 Guest of Honour Italy@ Frankfurt Book Fair


Publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are applying to Italy’s cultural institutes for grants to translate titles that will be published in conjunction with Italy’s appearance as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2024. The offer is also valid for translators, literary agents, cultural institutions and companies responsible for production, distribution, dubbing and subtitling.

In view of Italy’s role as 2024 Guest of Honour, projects for translating titles into German are currently being given priority in terms of allocating grants from the Italian Foreign Ministry’s international translation fund, the Culture Department at the Italian embassy in Berlin announced. If a project is approved, publishers can receive a grant covering up to 100 percent of translation costs, contingent on the availability of funds and the need to consider all eligible applications.

“Being Guest of Honour in Frankfurt is an outstanding opportunity for our country to show the richness, diversity and quality of Italian literature across all fields, from fiction to nonfiction, from children’s literature to scientific publications,” says Italy’s ambassador to Germany, Armando Varricchio. “This will make it possible to reveal the many facets of Italian culture and creativity. This identity is rooted in a series of unique historical moments and is therefore continuously shaping the future.”

In 2023, Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place for the 75th time (October 18-22, 2023).

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