Literature fest Valley of Words goes virtual in its fourth edition

The line-up of the festival spans a diverse variety of conversation, debate and discovery, with something for everyone who joins.


The fourth edition of the literature and arts festival Valley of Words (VoW) was inaugurated by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday. This year, due to the pandemic, the three-day-long festival is being held in virtual mode.

Virtual is the new reality, and Valley of Words is adapting this credo in its virtual format this year as it becomes VoW2020@Savoy – India’s First-of-its-kind immersive phygital literary experience. With its virtual edition, it aims to create an entirely open-access, intergenerational, multi-lingual and multi-genre festival that brings the best of Indian literature and arts to an international audience has only strengthened this year. The line-up therefore spans a diverse variety of conversation, debate and discovery, with something for everyone who joins.

Regarding VoW’s shift to the digital medium, Festival's Curator, Dr Sanjeev Chopra stated, “As a young and nimble organization, not only has VoW taken the pandemic in its stride, but has emerged stronger, more focused and more inclusive than  before. VoW has been able to transcend the limitations of time and space by connecting with authors and audiences across the globe, and ensuring that all interactions are archived forever.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sabbas Joseph, Co-founder, and Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd said, “We are very proud to partner with Valley of Words to bring across India’s first-of-its-kind immersive Literature & Arts Festival experience. Wizcraft has always endeavoured to pave the way, scaling new heights especially when it comes to technology, creativity and experiences. Our vision is “From Mussorie to the World” and as digital experience partner of the Valley Of Words we bring to you A Celebration Of The Word, a perfect amalgamation of an enhanced experience with an open access, intergenerational, multi-lingual and multi-genre festival – the Best Of Indian Literature And Arts from the Valley of Words Festival for a global audience who can enjoy it in the comfort of their homes.”

Started in 2017, VoW has emerged as a popular open-access festival, which involves people from all walks of life - authors, poets, thespians, artists, photographers, philatelists as well as students.

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