In 2021 the festival was held over a three week period 10-29 August with Danish and international authors taking part in outdoor events – interviews, readings and conversations, all in a festival tent in the Louisiana Park.

Among the participants for this year’s program are Douglas Stuart, winner of the Booker prize for his highly acclaimed debut novel Shuggie Bain, Caribbean-born Jamaica Kincaid, Samanta Schweblin from Argentina and Swedish Lydia Sandgren.

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


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

Where literature begins

A series of extensive portraits with 12 Danish writers

A series of film portraits gives you a closer look at some of Danish literature's great voices. Each writer shares their thoughts on literature from their personal and inspirational starting point - taking you on a tour around Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.

The 12 films have been produced by Louisiana Literature in 2020.


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.