Reading Mountains Festival

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

The Reading Mountains Festival is a way to connect people who love books and mountains, even if they are 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 International Mountain Day in 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 and 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? Then do not hesitate to get in touch!

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Reading Mountains Festival 2024

You are warmly invited to take part in the tenth edition of the Reading Mountains Festival, which will be held in December 2024! Join the festival again, or for the first time, and help celebrate Alpine literature and cultural heritage.

More information on this year’s Reading Mountain Festival will be available in the months leading up to International Mountain Day, so be sure to follow the news on our website and our social media channels.

If you have any questions in advance, please contact

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