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Whenever legendary figures are scrambling out of book pages, folk songs are springing to life, you are savouring your grandmother’s favourite recipes, travel reports are enticing you to go on a walking tour, forests get to dance, rocks are trembling in the face of a mystery story, classical or contemporary literature get communicated: then, the mountains are reading! – With capital letters and loud sounds, gentle verses and romantic descriptions, in all styles of prosa or poetry, different languages, local dialects or regional idioms. On International Mountain Day - 11 December - we are celebrating the cultural diversity of the Alps!

The Reading mountains Festival is an occasion for partners around the Alps to organize events to celebrate Alpine literature, languages and cultures under a joint umbrella. On International Mountain Day (11. December) and the days leading to it partners (stakeholders, schools, libraries, interested individuals, restaurants and other interested organisations) are invited to organize their/your own event highlighting Alpine literature. There are different ways to do so; by organizing a reading by a local author, having a presentation of a book taking place in the region or in any other innovative way. Be part of a project promoting the values of the Alpine Convention: protection of the Alps, its sustainable development and its diversity. Emphasize the economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions of life in the Alps also in your event.

The Reading mountains Festival goes beyond each of the events itself – it is also a way to connect people despite them being physically apart. In the last edition book lovers and authors, mountaineers and artists throughout the Alps (and beyond) were discussing similar issues and evaluating the meaning, impact and purpose of Alpine literature. Some of these discussions are captured in the film “People, Books and Mountains - The Quest for Alpine literature” that was produced as a follow up.
Interested? Organize your own event for the 2017 edition, register it here and receive promotional materials (posters, bookmarks and stickers) from the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.

To give an impression on the potential diversity of the events, we have compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of literature here. Do you have anysuggestions for additional books? Don't hesitate to contact us! 
The 2017 Reading mountains Festival is being organized on 11 December. On the map below you can see the events already scheduled and find more information on each of them.


”Reading mountains“ was first launched to celebrate the International Mountain Day 2015. The idea is to initiate events dedicated to mountains and literature in various places around the Alps on International Mountain Day, declared by the United Nations, which is celebrated on 11 December every year. The Reading mountains Festival encourages the celebration of cultural differences and similarities in the Alps and, at the same time, connects mountains and culture.
In case you need any further information on the events or if you have suggestions for the initiative please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Follow our events on social media (Facebook and Twitter): #ReadingMountains, #WeLoveMountains