Festival 2021

Festival 2021

The 10th International Book Arsenal Festival has been postponed due to the pandemic and will take place on June 23-27, 2021 in a hybrid format.


The International Book Arsenal Festival has been held annually since 2011 by Mystetskyi Arsenal in its historical building. It is an important intellectual event in Ukraine where the book, music, performative and visual art scenes interact, where important issues of human existence as well as society and culture, are discussed and reflected on, prompting actions from participants and visitors.

The mission of the Book Arsenal Festival is to create interactions where the aesthetic experience and intellectual engagement generated by a book enhances the ability of society to progress.

In 2019, Book Arsenal was recognized as the best literary festival of the year at the International Publishing Industry Excellence Awards organized by the London Book Fair.

The focus theme of the Festival

The focus theme of the 10th International Book Arsenal Festival is OPTIMISTS SKEPTICS. It is curated by Rostyslav Semkiv, literary critic, translator, author, Associate Professor of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

The program of the 10th International Book Arsenal Festival consists of both offline and online Literary Program, Program for Kids and Teens, special curatorial program on book design, musical and other thematic programs and Special Writer’s Program of Ukrainian poet, novelist, translator, public activist Serhiy Zhadan. Festival’s Program in 2021 includes well-known Ukrainian authors: Taras Prokhasko, Yuriy Izdryk, Kateryna Babkina, Yurii and Sophia Andruhovich, Ivan Malkovych, Oksana Zabuzhko, Iryna Tsilyk and many others.

Ukrainian Literature: Rights Now! Professional Online program for publishers and literary agents organized by the Book Arsenal, House of Europe, supported by Creative Europe will be held in frames of the festival. The main goal of this programme is to stimulate translations of Ukrainian books abroad, and to strengthen the competencies of Ukrainian publishers in selling rights abroad.

The Book Pitch project was launched in 2020 by the Odessa International Film Festival and the International Book Arsenal Festival. It aims to find modern Ukrainian books that have the potential for adaptation as feature films. The winners receive prizes from Book Arsenal and OIFF, as well as get the opportunity to present their works before the best Ukrainian producers and directors.

The 6th contest for Best Book Design among the Ukrainian publishers and cultural institutions will be organized by the Book Arsenal Festival together with the Goethe-Institut in Ukraine, with the support of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Buchkunst Foundation.

4 reasons why you can’t miss the 10th International Book Arsenal Festival?

  • enjoy the atmosphere of a real festival organized in accordance with all safety standards;
  • meet like-minded people and friends;
  • meet and hear live your favorite authors;
  • to celebrate 10 years of the best literary festival in Ukraine!


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