Literature, the art of written expression, has long been a source of inspiration, introspection, and cultural exchange. It captures the essence of human experience, transporting readers to different worlds, eras, and perspectives. The celebration of literature serves as a testament to the power of words, offering a platform for authors to showcase their creativity and insight. It brings together literary enthusiasts, scholars, and avid readers, fostering community and intellectual growth.

And what better place to celebrate literature than the Drukyul’s Literature Festival (DLF)? Yes, you read it right. Bhutan Echoes is all set to return with the 12th edition of Drukyul’s Literature Festival (DLF). The premium literary festival of the country will run from August 4 to 6, 2023, with the magic of literature, art, and culture as the Royal University of Bhutan Auditorium transforms into the vibrant hub of DLF, offering a captivating platform for three days of literary delights.

What To Expect?

DLF 2023 will have an exceptional lineup of over 35 plus in-person sessions and programs. Festival-goers can expect a diverse range of events wherein they can indulge in the power of storytelling, engaging with renowned authors, thinkers, and artists from across the globe. DLF will captivate your senses with pop-up art exhibitions, enchanting music performances, interactive workshops, enthralling spoken-word open mic nights, poetry readings, film screenings, and many other immersive experiences.

Guided by the “Reconnecting and Reviving” theme, DLF 2023 aims to provide a sanctuary for those seeking solace and inspiration in an ever-changing world. The theme will centre around the post-pandemic era and how that has changed our perceptions of everything from travel to human connections, our relationship with the environment and the realms of holistic well-being.

Who All Will Be There?

The festival will have an excellent lineup of keynote speakers and author panels. French artist Benjamin Flouw, known for his illustrated children’s books on nature, and International Booker winner Geetanjali Shree, author of Tomb of Sand, are some names that will grace this year’s festival editions. DLF promises to be a harmonious fusion of international and local perspectives, seamlessly blending the voices of renowned literary and art icons worldwide with the rich creative tapestry of Bhutanese writers and artists.

The Queen Mother of Bhutan’s royal family, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is also the royal patron of Bhutan Echoes, said, “Embrace the beauty of literature and revel in the essence of life itself, for literature is the very soul that breathes life into our existence. Experience this profound connection as Mountain Echoes makes its magnificent debut as Bhutan Echoes, captivating the hearts of readers and enthusiasts alike.