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, organizing 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 an impression on 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 don’t hesitate to contact us

Follow our events on social media (Facebook and Twitter#ReadingMountains  #MountainsMatter  

Reading Mountains Festival 2019

Thank you from the Secretary General, Alenka Smerkolj

For the 5th year in a row, the Alpine Convention paid a tribute to Alpine literature on International Mountain Day by means of hundred festivities that took place across and beyond the Alps! Our Reading Mountains Festival is a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Alps – its many languages, different, yet similar cultural heritage and its arts in all shapes and forms. Throughout the past editions, the event has grown into such a great success that we could only have hoped for.

I wholeheartedly want to thank the Secretariat, our Info Points, the hundreds of local volunteers, authors and musicians, bookshops, libraries and schools who made the heart of the festival and that of the audience beat faster!

Here is an overview of all the events that took place in the scope of the Reading Mountains Festival 2019: 

Event Map


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