1. Initiatives
  2. Canada in Germany

In response to the current pandemic, we have suspended all travel-related activity. As a result, the contents of this page may not be accurate. Please consult our COVID-19: Info update page for the latest from us on public gatherings and event cancellations, as well as related government measures and community support.

Please note that only the Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German is still open for applications.

Thank you to all who applied under the Special Initiative for German Cultural Organizations and the Special Initiative for Canadian Artists.

To explore other funding options that support international presence and development, take a look at our programs.

Bringing Canadian Arts to Germany

In the lead-up to the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, the German arts and cultural scenes are showcasing Canadian creativity in the literary and performing arts.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest global marketplace in the book publishing sector with some 275,000 visitors and 10,000 media representatives attending every year—a unique opportunity to share the best of Canada with Germany.

On this occasion, the Canada Council for the Arts has both launched its own initiatives and partnered on others in order to showcase Canada’s artists and further opportunities for them to shine on the world stage.

Canada Council in Germany—a rich history

The Canada Council for the Arts has long supported the presence of artists and arts organizations in Germany. This year, we celebrate that long history and look forward to an inspired future of artistic exchange between our two countries.

An overview of activities taking place in 2020

We’re supporting Canadian art in Germany all year long - consult the list of successful projects supported by the Canada in Germany funding initiative.

  • January 23, 2020 – Embassy of Canada in Berlin host a press conference announcing the first phase of Canada’s Cultural Programming in Germany
  • March 12–15, 2020 – Leipzig Book Fair: Announcement of the Literary Programming and the
  • Canadian authors/illustrators officially representing Canada in Germany
  • April 17–26, 2020 –jazzahead! Canada Focus

Canada is the first non-European country to receive an invitation as the partner country at this festival and trade fair. More than 25 Canadian jazz bands will be featured on stages across Bremen.

  • June 2020 – Canada’s Press Conference in Frankfurt announcing Canada’s full Cultural Programming in German 
  • October 14–18 – Frankfurt Book Fair 2020

Council-led initiatives

Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German Open

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In partnership with Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council is offering a funding initiative for translating Canadian literary and non-literary works into German.

Canada as Guest of Honour: Special Initiative for Canadian Artists Closed

The Canada Council created this initiative to support Canadian artists, groups and organizations with artistic engagements in Germany between October 2019 and October 2020.  Learn more

Canada as Guest of Honour: Special Initiative for German Cultural Organizations Closed

Through this initiative, the Canada Council offered support to non-commercial German organizations wishing to present Canadian arts and culture in Germany in 2020.  Explore the list of selected programming.

Partner and associated initiatives

Canada FBM2020

Canada FBM2020 is a not-for-profit organization in charge of literary programming as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Canada is the 2020 Guest of Honour.

Singular pluraity


Tanzmesse is Germany’s foremost contemporary dance festival, and in 2020, it is bringing Canadian dance to Germany!

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Canada will be the focus of jazzahead! music festival’s 10th partner country for its 2020 edition—the first overseas partner to join in on this “Family Reunion of Jazz.”

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Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German 

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Application information

Who can apply?

  • Book publishers operating in German-speaking markets

What can you apply for?

  • Translation of Canadian works into German
  • Expenses for associated promotional and production costs

How can I apply?

Complete and submit the application forms by email (preferred) or by mail/courier.

How will my application be assessed

An internal committee organized by the Canada Council assesses the applications based on the established categories and weighted criteria detailed in the Frankfurt 2020: Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German guidelines. The Canada Council may also seek input from outside experts as needed.

For more information

Lien De Nil

Program Officer, Supporting Artistic Practice

E-mail: lien.denil@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4148

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4148

Deadline and Grant Amount

22 April, 2020

Up to

50% of translation costs up to $20,000

Up to


to cover promotion expenses

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to cover production expenses for certain types of books