The Louisiana Literature festival made its debut in 2010 and proved a great succes from the very outset. A yearly event it brings together international and Danish writers who perform, interact and meet their audience on stages inside the museum and in the Louisiana park.

For 2020 the festival remains on hold, though the museum’s commitment to the world of literature has taken the form of a series of literary events in the Sculpture Park during summer. Furthermore a series of portrait films of renowned Danish authors is set for autumn release in collaboration with Louisiana Channel.

The festival has a strong social media presence and for news and updates we invite you to follow Louisiana Literature on facebook or twitter or instagram

C.L. Davids Fond og Samling supports Louisiana Literature

Where literature begins

New series of extensive portraits with 12 Danish writers

In a new series of film portraits you will get a closer look at some of Danish literature's great voices. Each writer share their thoughts on literature from where it all begins - around Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.

The 12 films are produced by the literary festival Louisiana Literature and will be published gradually through November at Louisiana Channel.


A four-day tightly packed programme makes it almost impossible to include everything, but luckily the festival has a long 'afterlife' on Louisiana Channel where many of the authors, who have been guests at Louisiana Literature, are featured.

For performances on stage or in-depth talks with Michel Houellebecq, Ben Okri, Zadie Smith, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Richard Ford, Svetlana Alexievich and many more please follow the link below


Literature has always had a place at Louisiana. Through the years the museum has welcomed authors and hosted literary events, just as it has made room for music and architecture. Previously, Nordic poetry days were held and in the 1980s Louisiana gave Eastern European dissident authors a place to speak freely. It was also at Louisiana that Salman Rushdie appeared in public in 1992 – for the first time since the fatwa calling for his assassination was issued.

Thus Louisiana Literature upholds a strong tradition. The event keeps the museum engaged in the world of literature, and at the same time the festival emphasizes great literature and its necessity.