1. Initiatives
  2. Canada in Germany

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.

Council-led initiatives

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.

Canada FBM2020

Canada FBM2020, a not-for-profit organization in charge of literary programming as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, has created an FAQ to provides the latest information on its literary programming.

Singular pluraity


jazzahead! is a trade fair, conference, and showcase festival in Bremen, Germany for the international jazz scene. Canada was the focus country at jazzahead! in 2022. In 2021, the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts coproduced virtual concerts for jazzahead!’s online audiences to support the festival which was postponed because of COVID-19.

Jazzahead logo

Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German

Competition results (doc)

Final report form (doc)

Contact information:

Chris Toner

Canada as Guest of Honour

Final report form (doc)

Contact information:

Rochelle Hum