In response to the current pandemic, we have established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting some travel-related activities, despite the reopening of suspended components. There may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part. As a result, the contents of this page may not be up to date. Please consult our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page for details.
Please consult the FBM2021 FAQ page for the latest information on its literary programming.
Bringing Canadian Arts to Germany
With the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s role as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair has been postponed to 2021. To learn more visit the Frankfurt Book Fair's site.
In late 2019, the Council launched initiatives for cultural programming and the translation of Canadian books and engaged in several partnerships to share even more Canadian creation with audiences in Germany. These endeavours were to coincide with the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, where Canada was slated to be the Guest of Honour. We are delighted to have supported many exciting projects, and we look forward to sharing some of those stories here in the coming day. Some activities and books we supported took place or were published before the pandemic, others are still forthcoming or have been postponed for a later date when it is safe for them to take place.
The Council’s partners continue to revise their activities and provide new information on their plans, which you can explore below.
Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German
In partnership with Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council offered a funding initiative for translating Canadian literary and non-literary works into German. The Incentive closed on April 22, 2020.
Canada as Guest of Honour: Special Initiative for Canadian Artists
The Canada Council created this initiative to support Canadian artists, groups and organizations with artistic engagements in Germany between October 2019 and October 2020.
Canada as Guest of Honour: Special Initiative for German Cultural Organizations
Through this initiative, the Canada Council offered support to non-commercial German organizations wishing to present Canadian arts and culture in Germany in 2020.
jazzahead! is a trade fair, conference, and showcase festival for the international jazz scene. Canada will be the focus country at jazzahead! in 2022, a postponement due to COVID-19. In 2021, the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts will coproduce virtual concerts for jazzahead!’s online audiences.