March 12-15, 2020
Anime Convention with Comics, Costuming, and Video Gaming programming
It is with a heavy heart and considerable regret that we have to announce today that this year's Leipzig Book Fair, which was planned for 12 to 15 March, will not take place. This also applies to the reading festival "Leipzig liest", Manga Comic-Con and Leipziger Antiquariatsmesse.
This decision was made by the Leipziger Messe together with the City of Leipzig following detailed consultation and is greatly regretted by all those involved.
The Leipzig Public Health Office decided to follow the directive of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics, which states that the traceability of contact persons at major events must be guaranteed. The directive explicitly stipulated that every participant in the fair must provide written proof that he or she is not from any of the identified risk locations and has not had contact with people from such locations. Considering the approximately 2,500 exhibitors and 280,000 expected visitors, this was not a reasonable task. The health of our exhibitors, visitors, guests, partners and employees is our top priority. The City of Leipzig and Leipziger Messe have therefore decided to cancel the event entirely.
We therefore ask for your understanding. We have never had to make such a difficult decision in the seventy-year history of the Leipzig Book Fair. This is difficult for us and for the entire book industry. We would like to thank all of the exhibitors, partners and visitors who have remained true to us.
Nevertheless, we are already looking ahead to the Leipzig Book Fair from 18 to 21 March 2021. We look forward to continued cooperation with you in the future.