Festival 2023

Festival 2023

This year, the 11th International Book Arsenal Festival will run from June 22 (official opening in the evening) to June 25.

The core structure of the Book Arsenal remains unchanged: the event program of the festival, and the book fair with respective thematic sections. The Book Arsenal will be held in the left wing of the first floor of the Mystetskyi Arsenal.

This year, the book fair will be organized in a different way: the book sales at the festival will be operated not by separate publishing houses, but by local Kyiv bookstores that have been up and running for some time, are stable businesses that have developed their relationships with various publishing houses, and are interested in new editions. In addition, the Dovzhenko Centre will be the operator of the Art Book section as part of its interinstitutional partnership with the Mystetskyi Arsenal.

The sections of the book fair will operate as follows:

  • the Nonfiction section will be managed by Sens bookstore,
  • the Fiction section will be managed by Book Lion bookstore,
  • the Children’s Books, as well as Comics and Graphic Prose sections will be managed by Zakapelok bookstore,
  • the section with Books about the Russia-Ukraine war will be managed by Syaivo Knyhy municipal bookstore,
  • the Art Books section will be managed by the Dovzhenko Centre.

Any publishing house has the opportunity to present its books for sale in the respective sections. For this, a publishing house should contact the operator of the selected section. Contacts and other details are given below. In addition, publishing houses can present their books not for sale, but for exhibiting at the festival’s Vitryna Novynok, a showcase of new titles, which will be formed together with Chytomo. Books exhibited at the Vitryna Novynok can have QR codes on them that visitors can use to scan, find, and buy the book.

The Book Arsenal event program will be created by the invited curators. Over 60 tailored events of the focus theme, the literary program, the Kids and Teens program, performances, and professional events will take place on three stages.

“When Everything Matters” is the chosen focus theme of the 11th Book Arsenal Festival.

Nataliya Gumenyuk, Ukrainian journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, the CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Lab, has been chosen as the curator of the focus theme of the 11th International Book Arsenal Festival.

The 11th Book Arsenal has also chosen Iryna Slavinska, the Executive Producer of Radio Culture, translator and writer, as the curator of the main literary program.

The festival program of events, in addition to the events of the focus theme and the events of the literary program, will also include the Kids and Teens program, curated by Yuliia Kozlovets

The special program by the Literary Laboratory of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, curated by Dima Kazakov, will be about little traveling, homeless libraries, real and online archives, collecting, personal book and vinyl collections, curated shelves, and zines. The special program by the Literary Laboratory will be held in the right wing of the first floor of the Mystetskyi Arsenal.

The special program of events will also be presented by PEN Ukraine.

As usual, the projects by illustrators, graphic designers, and font designers will be presented at the fair and in the festival program, in particular, the #ОБОЛОНЬЯ wall with promo posters of Ukrainian illustrators, and the Illustrators’ Showcase. In addition, professional events for the publishing community are planned.



Sens bookstore

Iryna Dziuba


Book Lion bookstore

Sasha Riabchuk


Zakapelok bookstore

Nataliia Paromska


Dovzhenko Centre

Maksym Verteletskyi


Syaivo Knyhy municipal bookstore of the Miskyi Mahazyn municipal enterprise
Ganna Skorina, [email protected]
Asia Khazova, [email protected]

To be presented at the online Vitryna Novynok (the showcase of new titles), publishers should send information about new titles through the form bit.ly/regiastration_vitryna_novynok.

To present printed books at the Vitryna Novynok during the days of the festival, publishers should send copies of books by address delivery or by courier to the address of the Mystetskyi Arsenal office: Mystetskyi Arsenal, 10-12 Lavrska str., Kyiv, 01010. Contact person: Maryna Lymarenko, +380987087244.