The only international literary festival in the country to run for eight consecutive editions, the IME Nepal Literature Festival is a playground for authors, thinkers and literature connoisseurs. It was conceived as a forum for fostering pluralities of thoughts and ideas, and advancing the ideals of tolerance and inclusiveness. True to its founding ethos, it has over the years given space to diverse—often competing—ideas and unheard of voices.
From its humble beginnings in 2011, the Festival has grown in stature and has brought together hundreds of national and international authors, activists, artists, intellectuals, economists and leaders to converse on issues both literary and non-literary. The topics being discussed in the festival are becoming more diverse, inclusive and relatable. From intellectuals discussing the national economy and political figures being held answerable on the stage to poets serenading the crowds and writers mingling with their readers, the festival has become the most sought after platform for civic engagement, idea sharing and connecting.
As the biggest space for public debate in arguably the freest society in the region, the festival is on its path to becoming a common ground for writers, artists, thinkers and leaders from the South Asian region to discuss various issues pertinent to the times.