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25. International Book Festival Budapest
April 20 - April 23
Venue: Millenáris, Kis Rókus u. 16-20., Buda, district II., tram 6/M2 (red) metro line
Dates and Opening Hours (not finalized yet):
20. April 12.00 – 19.00
21. April 10.00 – 19.00
22. April 10.00 – 20.00
23. April 10.00 – 19.00
A great festival for book lovers. Besides being an ideal place to get both newly published and older books at discount price, the festival offers a wide palette of programs (discussions, book signings, reading sessions etc.).
You can also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors. The guest of honour this year is Orhan Pamuk.
This year’s guest of honour nation are Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia so there’ll be many programs focusing on these countries’ literature and writers.
The European First Novel Festival is also part of the 4-day event.
Some of the Programs
Opening Ceremony – 21. April, Thursday, 14.00-15.00, Teátrum, Building “B”
Panel discussion with the guest of honor of the Book Fair, Orhan Pamuk
Date & Time: 21. April, Thursday, 16.00-17.00
Presentation of the Budapest Grand Prize
Date & Time: 21. April, Thursday, 17.00-17.45
Orhan Pamuk will receive the joint prize of the Municipal Council of Budapest and the Hungarian Publisher’s and Booksellers’ Association from deputy mayor of Budapest Alexandra Szalay Bobrovniczky and HPBA
president András Sándor Kocsis.
Laudation speech: Gergely Péterfy
Opening of the Exhibition Memory Cut
by Etamar Beglikter (National Federation of the Hungarian-
Israeli Friendship Societies)
Date & Time: 21. April, Thursday, 18.00
Venue: Stand B9, exhibition hall
European Writer’s Meeting
Date & Time: 22. April, 14.00 – 16.00
Venue: Európa Pont, Millenáris, 1024 Budapest,Lövőház u. 35.
European First Novel Festival
Date & Time:
First stage interview: 13.30 – 15.00
Moderator: András Forgách
Participants: Dino Bauk (Slovenia), Viktorie Hanišová (Czech Republic), Aram Kebabdjian (France), Velina Minkova (
Bulgaria), Richard Schuberth (Austria), Nataša Skazlić (Croatia), Kris Van Steenberge (Belgium), Olivier Willemsen (Netherlands) andGabriela Ybarra (Spain)
Second stage interview: 15.00 – 16.30
Moderator: Anna Gács
Participants: Peter Balko (Slovakia), Dagny Gioulami (Switzerland), Juan S. Guse (
Germany), Weronika Murek (Poland), Morten Pape (Denmark), Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida (Portugal), Nadia Terranova (Italy), Benedek Totth (Hungary) and Saara Turunen (Finland)
Children Programs on the Festival
Activities for children will also be available in the Children’s Lit Kingdom, or in the Millenáris Park.
… because reading is good!” – Irregular: literature class with Főnix Publishing
Date & Time: 20. April Thursday, 14.00 – 14.45
Participants: Riley E. Raines and Holden Rose (Attila Kovács writer of children detective novels)
Come and Play with Us (Craft Workshop)
Date & Time: 21. April/Friday and 22. April/Saurday 10.00 – 19.00
Colorings, games, face painting, interactive workshops.
Bartók and the Wooden Prince – An interactive musical performance for children
Date & Time:
Venue: Open-air Theatre
With clowns and tomfoolery and great acting, dancing, singing and musical performances.
Adapted from a
story by the Slovak-Hungarian author Margit Garajszki in which she participatest together with Júlia Urdová
Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.
Ladies visiting the festival on the opening day will be presented with a red rose.
More than 300 new publishings, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest a worthwhile event for both locals and tourists.