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 2022

Fiction, poetry, art, photography, philosophy, history, imagination – these are part of what makes the landscape of Alpine culture so vibrant. The eighth edition of the Reading Mountains Festival in 2022 will again pay tribute to the Alpine cultural imagination. This year’s edition will be a very special one as the United Nations General Assembly has designated 2022 the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, creating a unique opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of this topic.

This sustainable development focus is reflected in the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day, and, hence, the Reading Mountains Festival: “Women move mountains”. This is a chance to celebrate the women who are so integral to mountain societies around the world. You are welcome to organise a cultural or literary event dedicated to this topic, or any other topic relevant to the Alps or other mountain ecosystems around the world, for the 2022 Reading Mountains Festival.

If you have never been part of the Festival, we warmly invite you to join in and organise or attend an event that celebrates Alpine cultural heritage. This could take the form of a film screening, lecture, poetry reading, art installation, or a guided hike, etc. Help organise an experience that showcases the creative, the imaginative, the emotional – and maybe even the confusing – aspects of Alpine literature.

We invite you to celebrate the unique Alpine cultural heritage in this special year of sustainable mountain development. Join from the Alps (or beyond) and help showcase the importance of the conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems and celebrating mountains around the world. If you are interested, register here to be part of the Reading Mountains Festival 2022!

The Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention will support in the promotion of your event on social media as well as with posters, bookmarks, and other promotional materials (you must register by 30 November 2022 to receive these materials).

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


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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