Working hours

Working hours

Work schedule:

  • May 30 — 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m (entrance to the territory from 4.00 p.m.)
  • May 31 — 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
  • June 1 — 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
  • June 2 — 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m

In case of an air raid alert, please immediately proceed to the shelter and stay there until the air siren is all clear! The bomb shelter is accessible on the territory of the Mystetskyi Arsenal.

 The Festival will resume in 30 min. after the air siren is all clear. The Festival will not resume if the air siren is all clear after 7.30 p.m.

You can find the evacuation scheme and get to know the details about safety during the festival by the link.

The 12th International Book Arsenal Festival will start on Thursday, May 30. The official opening will take place on this day at 5 p.m. The festival will last till June 2 inclusive

You are in for:

• book fair—more than 100 publishing houses with their own stands and 5 bookstores;
• about 160 events within the focus theme Life on the Edge, the Literature Program, the Kids and Teens Program, the Professional Program, the Special Program from The Fifth Kharkiv festival, the Special Program of PEN Ukraine, as well as publishers’ events, performative events and master classes;
• 10 exhibition projects.


To increase the level of security, this year there will be door frame metal detectors at the entrance to the festival territory.

For more information about safety during the Festival, follow the link.


Please note!

In the conditions of martial law in Ukraine and under regulations issued by the state authorities due to the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, as well as to prevent or eliminate threats to the life and safety of people, interests of society or the state, and to ensure public order, the Festival organizer reserves the right to make changes to the program and procedure of the Festival, with further notification of all interested parties through updates posted on the Book Arsenal website and social media.

The Book Arsenal team kindly asks for your understanding and brings to your attention the following:

— Any event of the festival may start later than scheduled or may not take place for reasons beyond the Festival organizer’s control;

— Any participant of the event program may cancel their participation for reasons beyond their or the Festival organizer’s control;

— The festival may be canceled in case the security situation in the city of Kyiv deteriorates.