Bhutan EchoesDrukyul’s Literature & Arts Festival

Reconnecting and Reviving

2nd - 4th August 2024
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Drukyul's Literature & Arts Festival

Reconnecting and Reviving

With a decade long history, Bhutan’s first literature festival is turning a new chapter. Founded as ‘Mountain Echoes’, the festival has been renamed ‘Bhutan Echoes: Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival’ to more accurately reflect the Bhutanese people and their lived experiences.

Timeline and History


Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck co-founded Bhutan’s first literature festival ‘Mountain Echoes’ as a Bhutan- India initiative with His Excellency Pavan Varma, author Namita Gokhale, literary consultant Mita Kapur and Pramod Kumar KG.


Mountain Echoes has been committed to promoting literature, art and culture in Bhutan.


The festival began a new chapter when His Majesty renamed it “Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival”. Although the festival was deferred for the last two years due to COVID, the Drukyul's Literature & Art Festival launched Bhutan Echoes, a year-round initiative to nurture literary culture in Bhutan.


DLF2022 marked the inaugural festival led by an all- Bhutanese team, featuring a hybrid format of online and in-person events.


DLF2023 was a profoundly meaningful in-person reunion after four years. Engaging discussions covered diverse topics, from the power of language, post-pandemic human connections, fashion, environmental concerns, and digital technology.