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Leipziger Buchmesse: The Leipzig Book Fair 2012

Leipziger Buchmesse is one of the leading events in Europe for the publishing and media sector. This is the Leipzig Book Fair, and will be held from March 15 to 18 at Leipziger Messe, Messe-Allee, in the north of the city. An event that promises very impressive numbers: over 2000 exhibitors, 160 000 visitors, of which 50 000 operators in the sector, more than 1500 speakers for conferences and meetings, 1900 scheduled events of which more than 300 will be held at several other venues across the city. The whole city of Leipzig, in fact, is involved in the Book Fair, which has become Europe’s biggest festival of literature.

In recent years, Leipziger Buchmesse has grow to be an increasingly strategic meeting place for the world of publishing. In the four days of the Leipzig Book Fair, the city turns into a single stage, where you can meet famous writers, publishers, booksellers, journalists, critics and press agents active in the paper and multimedia publishing industry.

Industry representatives will gather in Leipzig from over 40 countries in the world, ready to take part in a trade show where the medium-term future of the book market will be decided, trade agreements will be negotiated, new contracts will be signed, rules and policies will be approved for a market that ranges from literature to school, from new media to radio and television products.

Leipziger Buchmesse is a must for lovers or simple users of books and literature, as well as for professionals, especially if meant as a meeting place for exchanges between Eastern and Western Europe operators.

At Leipzig Book Fair, all literary genres will be represented, fiction and nonfiction, newspapers and magazines, art books, religion, science, travel, and children’s books, comics and fantasy books, but also role plays, audio visuals, new electronic reading devices, and whatnot.

In the days of the Book Fair, the city is invaded by thousands of tourists, curious visitors, fans of the genre and operators, so early booking is essential for both your flight to Leipzig and your accommodation at one of Leipzig hotels. The Fair is reachable by car, via exit Leipzig-Messegelände on A14 highway, which connects Hanover to Dresden, and via the junction Schkeuditzer between the A14 and A9, the Berlin-Munich motorway. From Leipzig Central Station you can take the tram number 16, which leads to the exhibition center in about twenty minutes. From the airport, instead, you can take the shuttle Flughafen Express and get to the exhibition center in less than 10 minutes.

In the days of the Book Fair, Leipzig is scheduling many musical events for the after-show as well. The main highlights during those days are the following: Funny Van Dannen – Saturday, March 17th – performing at Mucis Club Werk II, Kochstrasse; the same venue will host Jonathan Jeremiah on March 18th; again, on the 18th, at Leipzig Arena, you will enjoy Rise Against in concert.

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