In 1996, Leukerbad resident Ricco Bilger, along with René Grüninger launched the first Leukerbad International Literary Festival. Within ten editions, the Festival changed from an insider’s tip to a major draw of literature lovers. Hans Ruprecht (since 2006) and Anna Kulp (since 2007) built the festival into a hub for European literary networks: partnerships were formed, writing workshops and a literary walk became a major feature, and the program developed with a finger on the pulse of the times. Along with readings and conversations about literary works, the Festival now offers exclusive ‘Perspectives’, panel discussions with leading thinkers and writers addressing urgent social and political topics. Anna Kulp took over as General Director of the Festival. Hans Ruprecht continues to serve as the Program Director.

The previous festivals

PDFs of previous programs can be downloaded

28th Festival (2024)
28th Festival (2024)

27th Festival (2023)
27th Festival (2023)

26th Festival (2022)
26th Festival (2022)

25th Festival (2021)
25th Festival (2021)

24th Festival (2019)
24th Festival (2019)

23rd Festival (2018)
23rd Festival (2018)

22nd Festival (2017)
22nd Festival (2017)

21st Festival (2016)
21st Festival (2016)

20th Festival (2015)
20th Festival (2015)

19th Festival (2014)
19th Festival (2014)

18th Festival (2013)
18th Festival (2013)

17th Festival (2012)
17th Festival (2012)

16th Festival (2011)
16th Festival (2011)

15th Festival (2010)
15th Festival (2010)

14th Festival (2009)
14th Festival (2009)

13th Festival (2008)
13th Festival (2008)

28th Leukerbad International Literary Festival: 6.21.–23.2024