Reading Mountains Festival

Celebrating Alpine cultural heritage in the scope of the International Mountain Day - 11 December 

The Reading Mountains Festival is a way to connect people that love books and mountains, despite them being physically apart. Book lovers and authors, mountaineers and artists throughout the Alps (and beyond) have a chance to discuss similar issues and evaluate 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 to the first editions of the Reading Mountains Festival.

”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.

Partners organising various events in the scope of the festival are provided with posters, bookmarks, and stickers that they can use for the promotion of their event(s). 

To give you an impression of the potential diversity of the events, we have compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of literature. Do you have any suggestions for additional books? Need further information on the events or have suggestions for the initiative? Please do not hesitate to contact us

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Reading Mountains Festival 2021

Thanks from the Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, Alenka Smerkolj

Whether online or in person, together or apart, the 2021 edition of the Reading Mountains Festival was another joyful celebration of Alpine cultural diversity!

The seventh edition of the Reading Mountains Festival brought together mountain and book lovers to celebrate Alpine literature and culture in over 80 events organised across the Alps and beyond. The events, held in the run-up to International Mountain Day 2021, paid tribute in diverse and artistic ways to the linguistic and cultural heritage in the Alps.

My warmest congratulations and gratitude goes to all the partners and participants who helped show that the sky is the limit when it comes to celebrating our Alps!

Here is an overview of all the events that took place in the scope of the Reading Mountains Festival 2021: 

Event Map

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11

Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 4

Quality education

Goal 8

Decent work and economic growth

Goal 10

Reduced inequalities

Goal 12

Responsible consumption and production

Goal 13

Climate action

Goal 17

Partnerships for the goals


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