28th International Book Festival

Application to the 28th International Book Festival Budapest

The International Book Festival Budapest – now held for the 28th time – will happen between September 28 and October 1 in 2023, for which you are invited to apply.

This year we will welcome John Scalzi, Hugo Award winner science fiction author as the guest of honour, who will receive the Budapest Grand Prize from the Mayor of Budapest. A special guest of the Festival is Alessandro Baricco, author of Novecento, Ocean Sea and Silk, one of Italy's most versatile writers, the Festival's Literary Grand Prize will be awarded to him. As country of honour, the literature of the Netherlands will be in the focus of the Festival this year.

In 2023, the book fair will take place in Millenáris: Building B (Great Hall) and D (Glass Hall) and the Park. As in previous years, furnished stands, external pavilions and empty stand areas can be rented. In the case of the latter, the stand builders arrange the rented area based on the orders of the exhibitors. You can register for the Book Festival by filling out the form below.

Registration for the 28th International Book Festival Budapest

The deadline for the applcation is May 30, 2023.

After the registration period, we prepare the detailed map of the area and send the applicants our offer for the placement at the Festival venue. Following feedback from the exhibitors and eventual modifications, the first stage of the application ends with the invoicing. We will send the application form for the program rooms and book signings to the exhibitors in July.


Rental prices
Fully equipped stand, ground floor Empty area, ground floor
Building B (Great Hall), Building D (Glass Hall) Building B (Great Hall), Building D (Glass Hall)
Rental price: €220/m² Rental price: €190/m²
Fully equipped stand, upstairs Empty area, upstairs
Building B (Great Hall) - upstairs Building B (Great Hall) - upstairs
Rental price: €200/m² Rental price: €170/m²
Equipped outdoor pavilion The empty stand area does not contain
any shelves or walls.
Rental price: €195/m²
Prices do not include VAT                


Technical details

The 6 m2 stands contain the following technical equipment: carpet, walls, bookshelves, counter with lock, 1 table, 2 chairs, 2 lamps, 1 plug/power point. The technical content of the 12 m2 stands is the same as in case of the 6 m2 stands, with the difference that there are 4 lamps, 2 tables and 4 chairs on the stand. The size of the external pavilions is uniformly 6 m² and they are equipped with 1 plug/power point, storage shelves, counter, linen canopy and 2 chairs.


If you have any questions or need more information about the event, please send us an e-mail to info__at__bookfestival__dot__hu.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Budapest!

Team of Hungarian Publishers and Booksellers Association

Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association announces the dates of 2023 book events

Taking into account the preferences of the exhibitors and last year's experience the Board of HPBA decided to organize the 94th Festive Book Week between 8th and 11th of June 2023 on Vörösmarty tér and Dunakorzó.

The 28th International Book Festival will take place between 28th of September and 1st of October 2023 at Millenáris, the country of honour will be the Netherlands.

Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association

Slovakia at the 27th International Book Festival

After the success of Slovakia as guest of honour in 2016, the country's literature will have another opportunity to present itself at the Budapest International Book Festival. With the participation of the civic association BÁZIS, 29 volumes will be presented at the event with personal participation of the authors - among them are such names as Peter Balko, Silvester Lavrík, Michal Hvorecký, Katarína Kucbelová, Jana Juráňová. Authors from the youngest generation will also participate (Nicol Hochholczerová, Dominika Madro, Alena Sabuchová) as well as children's book authors (Jana Bodnárová, Andrea Gregušová, Eva Urbanová). Another special feature of this year’s guest of honour is that, in addition to Slovak authors, representatives of the Hungarian literary life of Slovakia will also participate in several programs. Five Hungarian literary journals - Jelenkor, Tiszatáj, Kalligram, Alföld and Irodalmi Szemle - will have a Slovak literary block. The Festival also pays special attention to Hungarian translators of Slovak literature. The volumes of Slovak authors will be presented by outstanding representatives of Hungarian literary life, including authors known in Slovakia as well, such as Pál Závada or Gábor Németh. The Slovak exhibition stand will be opened by György Dragomán and Anna T. Szabó together with the guests from Slovakia.

27th International Book Festival

The 27th International Book Festival Budapest will take place between 29 September and 2 October.

The Budapest International Book Festival, now being held for the 27th time, is a noted event of the international book world, the region's defining professional and cultural forum.

The festival awaits its visitors at the Millenáris, in a sophisticated environment, in an easily accessible, central location, with even more modern and beautiful exhibition spaces in the Reception (building G), and the Glass Hall (building D) and the park of the Millenáris.

The Budapest International Book Festival traditionally hosts the world's most prestigious writers and poets. The guest of honour at this year's festival is Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, who will also receive the Budapest Grand Prize from the Mayor of Budapest.

Every year, the culture, literature, and book publishing of a country or region are presented as guests of honour. This year, the Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association, in cooperation with Bázis (Hungarian Literary and Art Association in Slovakia), will focus on the best of literature from Slovakia both in Hungarian and in Slovak languages.

In accordance with our traditions, we will set up a separate stand for BÁZIS in the fairgrounds of the Book Festival. On Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m., the festival will begin with the opening ceremony, which will be held at the National Dance Theater.

Within the framework of the Festival, the highly successful European Debut Writers Festival, presenting the talents of young prose writers from the member states of the European Union, will be held. The event is organized as a joint venture of the 27 countries of the European Union and will take place at the Europa Point of Budapest. /Ce projet a été réalisé grâce au soutien de l’appel Créativité à l’européenne de l’Institut frança. / This project will be organized with the support of the European Creativity Program of the French Institute.

The Book Festival will be open from noon on the 29th of September; from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association

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