After some months of uncertainty due to the international situation, the Unlock Book Fair 2020 has been confirmed for its scheduled dates, October 24 & 25. We are working on expanding the facilities to accommodate for distancing regulations.

We are excited to bring together the international graffiti publishing scene, for the fifth year this time. A good number of European and American publishers, both old and new friends, have already signed-up. Applications are open until September 15th.

Our sister event, The Tag Conference, is taking place as well. And, last but not least, local brewer Beer Belly will support Unlock with fresh craft beer. Stay tuned for more news coming up – see you in Modena this fall!


The Unlock Book Fair is the international gathering of publishers working with graffiti and related topics. After four annual instalments in Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam and Cologne, and several offshoot events in cities across Europe, the fair celebrates its fifth anniversary in Modena, Northern Italy.

In addition to the displays of publishers from all over Europe and beyond, Unlock will again feature a complete program of launches, readings, talks and screenings. This year’s venue is a former industrial building with a comfortable outdoor space.

If you love books, magazines and fanzines about graffiti and related topics (street art, urban exploration, street photography, etc), don’t miss this extraordinary weekend-long meeting of cutting-edge, independent and underground projects. Plus drinks and music outside on the Saturday evening! Entrance is free.

If you are a publisher working in these fields, don’t miss this unique opportunity for networking and for showcasing your publications to a highly specialised international audience – a good part of our public travels to attend the fair. We are open to proposals for book launches and other events. In addition to our traditional complimentary catering for publishers, this year we have some accommodation grants available upon request.

Applications open until September 15th:

The Unlock Book Fair 2020 is supported by the Municipality of Modena. Partners: Ovestlab and Amigdala. Media partners: MoCu magazine – Ass. Cult. Stòff and Pervenio. Music provided by Outer Festival. Unlock founder and director: Javier Abarca (ES). Fair manager: Mathieu Tremblin (FR). Head of production: Pietro Rivasi (IT).

October 22 & 23

On the two days directly before the fair, and also in Modena, Unlock and the Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia welcome you to the Tag Conference, an international event where academics and non-academics talk about both contemporary tagging and its historical antecedents. Access to all lectures is free.