Valley of Words is a non-profit and volunteer-driven initiative of The Shivalik Hills Foundation Trust. It brings together the best writers, critics and listeners from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in a three-day Literature and Arts festival in the quaint town of Dehradun.
VoW has held two successful festivals, with the third one being organised from the 14th to 16th of November this year. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun offers an inspirational blend of culture and natural beauty to bring together artists and authors from across the world.
Open Access Festival
VoW is an inclusive and open access festival with no registration fee. It opens up a world for young adults, storytellers, bloggers, balladeers puppeteers, thespians, photographers, artists and craftspeople alike.
It organises concerts and walks, supports local handicrafts through its exhibitions and celebrates creative expressions across all genres.
Four Knowledge Verticals
VoW is structured such that eclectic interests are met through its Four Knowledge Verticals: the RS Tolia Forum on Himalayan ecosystems (focusing on livelihoods and sustainable development), Fiction writing (in English and Hindi), Non-Fiction writing (in English and Hindi) and Military histories.
The sessions are held simultaneously to offer something for all ages and interest groups.
VoW celebrates diverse knowledge and ways of thinking by creating a platform for new writers to be heard. It gives space, time and encouragement to first-time authors, translators and narrators through book launches, and by facilitating conversations and dialogues with eminent authors.