• Frankfurt, Alte Oper concert hall
    Frankfurt, Alte Oper concert hall ©Deutsches Filminstitut (Foto: Uwe Dettmar)
  • Frankfurt, Book Fair
    Frankfurt, Book Fair ©Frankfurter Buchmesse (Foto: Fernando Baptista)
  • Frankfurt, Struwwelpeter Museum
    Frankfurt, Struwwelpeter Museum ©Struwwelpeter-Museum (Heinrich-Hoffmann-Museum)

Frankfurt am Main - city of art

Film and literature

There are many reasons for visitors interested in film and literature to visit the city on the river Main. The choices on offer include the Literature House, Frankfurt Book Fair, the Open Books series of events, the German Film Museum and several film festivals.

The magnificent white building of the Literature House with its golden letters is an impressive neo-classical edifice. Completed in 2005, it is a reconstruction of Frankfurt's former municipal library, on the original site. With its splendid exterior and intellectual content the Literature House offers a programme that attracts bibliophiles of all ages.

Literature has always been in demand in Frankfurt; its book fair dates back more than 500 years. Today, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. The free readings taking place to coincide with the Frankfurt Studio Open Days bring authors from the exhibition centre to the city centre. During the course of the entire event readers can experience literature 'live' in central and easily accessible locations.

Another unique attraction is the German Film Museum, which reopened in August 2011 after extensive renovation work. The new permanent exhibition showcases the development of cinema technology since the early days of 'moving pictures'. In addition to the permanent exhibition there is a hall for special exhibitions on the third floor and also an auditorium which houses one of the three local repertory cinemas – perfect for arthouse fans.

A number of film festivals are also held in Frankfurt. Every spring, the Lichterfilmfestival presents work by local and international cinema artists, accompanied by an extensive supporting programme of events. Nippon Connection in the summer is the largest Japanese film festival outside Japan. Autumn is the time for young cinema lovers. The LUCAS international children's film festival presents the latest high-calibre children's film from around the world. Launched in 2013, the B³ Moving Image Biennial took over from eDIT The Filmmaker's Festival and provided Frankfurt with a unique new festival concept. The aim of this major international event, which will be held every two years, is to showcase the innovative potential of audiovisual productions in all areas. The focus is on research into all aspects of moving pictures, as well as on their development, financing and audience reception.

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