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23. 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

Entry: 500 HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).
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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 is Slovakia so there’ll be many programs focusing on Slovakian 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, 15.00-15.45, Teátrum


On-stage conversation with Jostein Gaarder, Guest of Honour Writer of the Festival and Anna T. Szabó

Date & Time: 21. April, Thursday, 16.00-17.00

Venue: Teátrum

Presentation of the Budapest Grand Prize

Date & Time: 21. April, Thursday, 17.00-17.45

Venue: Teátrum

Jostein Gaarder 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: György Dragomán

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

Earth Day – Mini-Conference about Global Warming

With Jostein Gaarder’s lecture: Ethics for the Future

Date & Time:

Participants: Ámon Ada and István Bart (ENERGIAKLUB: a Hungarian Climate Policy Institue & Applied Communications)

European Writer’s Meeting

Date & Time:

Venue: Európa Pont, Millenáris, 1024 Budapest,Lövőház u. 35.

European First Novel Festival

Date & Time:

First stage interview: 13.30 – 15.00

Moderator: AndrásForgách

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:

Participants: Anna Hertelendy and Holden Rose (Attila Kovács writer of children detective novels)

Make your own book! Craft session for kids

Date & Time:

with illustrator Miloš Kopták., Also participating: Margit Garajszki

Krtek and Friends – Fun program for kids

Date & Time:

Krtek, the little mole, star of popular children stories, has been the friends of many Hungarian children

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.


April 20
April 23


Millenáris Park
Kis Rókus utca 16-20.
Budapest, 1024