JLF Soneva Fushi returns to the Maldives in 2023

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World-renowned resorts operator Soneva and Teamwork Arts, producer of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JFL) and its worldwide JLF extensions, have joined forces as soon as extra to launch the second version of JLF Soneva Fushi with a star-studded writer line-up. Taking place on the sands of Kunfunadhoo within the Maldives’ breathtaking Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the humanities and literary pageant will probably be returning to the award-winning barefoot luxurious resort from May 12 to 21, 2023. Over the course of ten days and two weekends, the JLF Soneva Fushi pageant will host an unforgettable program, with stay performances of artwork, music and literature.

Each weekend, there will probably be flagship occasions, together with keynote addresses, gala dinners on the sand, stay music performances, and movie screenings on the outside Cinema Paradiso. The pageant will provide delectable worldwide meals from a specifically curated menu ready by Soneva Fushi’s award-winning cooks. Weekdays at JLF Soneva Fushi will give attention to close-knit periods and writer discussions, in addition to a variety of participating workshops. Every morning, the pageant will provide periods targeted on yoga and meditation, dance workshops, guided snorkeling with Soneva Fushi’s resident Ocean Guardians, and glassblowing at Soneva Art & Glass, the Maldives’ first scorching glass studio. 

“A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi’s remarkable programme is an opportunity to reconnect with the pure joy of literature and the arts”, stated Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Co-Founder of Soneva. “The exceptional setting of our barefoot island in the Maldives, coupled with our contributors and guests staying with us for at least a weekend makes JLF Soneva Fushi unlike any other literature festival. It’s this greater, intimate access to authors, deeper understanding, new friendships and stronger bonds that make this barefoot festival so unique. I cannot wait to welcome a line-up of outstanding international authors to our shores once again.”

Sanjoy Ok. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, producer of the enduring Jaipur Literature Festival, stated, “JLF Soneva Fushi is food for the mind, body and soul. An exceptional gathering of collective wisdom and expertise from across the world, set in the most idyllic setting of the Baa Atoll, with delectable fare, exhilarating conversations and spectacular vistas.”

The 2023 version will even see a line-up of world-renowned authors, together with:

  • British novelist, broadcaster and Man Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson;
  • Booker Prize-winning novelist and playwright, Damon Galgut;
  • Co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and writer of 20 books, Namita Gokhale;
  • British historian, tv presenter and writer of common historical past books, Simon Sebag Montefiore;
  • Best-selling historian, and JLF co-director, William Dalrymple;
  • Professor within the departments of astronomy and physics at Yale University, Priyamvada Natarajan; who’s well-known for her work in mapping darkish matter and darkish power.

Throughout every day throughout their keep, company will be capable to discover and take pleasure in the whole lot that Soneva Fushi has to supply: miles of pristine sandy seashores edged by tranquil turquoise waters; beautiful personal villa lodging, with Barefoot Guardians readily available 24/7 to anticipate each request; therapeutic rituals and progressive wellness remedies at Soneva Soul; distinctive eating locations serving the best delicacies from the world over; and uncommon, one-of-a-kind experiences that create recollections to final a lifetime. Watch my YouTube video with full tour of the resort under.

The inaugural JLF Soneva Fushi introduced with it a worldwide line-up of critically acclaimed authors, thinkers and cultural leaders to the Maldives from May 13 to 22, 2022, and the periods coated an interesting spectrum of subjects. The stand-out periods included keynote addresses by best-selling writer Peter Frankopan and New York Magazine deputy editor David Wallace-Wells; musical performances by Grammy-nominated singer Shilpa Rao and The Sufi Gospel Project; a free-flowing dialogue with director Mira Nair and Festival Producer Sanjoy Ok. Roy, adopted by a screening of her award-winning movie Monsoon Wedding; sundown dolphin cruises; and an intimate writer session on the ability of various pondering with greatest -selling writer Matthew Syed and mathematician extraordinaire Marcus du Sautoy.

The 2022 version of the pageant additionally held a particular one-day occasion in Malé, that includes stay Q&As with visitor audio system and ebook signings within the Maldives’ capital metropolis. The occasion was held at Salt Cafe, with participation from the Speaker of Parliament, former President Mohamed Nasheed, and world-renowned authors Shobhaa De and Marcus du Sautoy. Prominent native architect and educational Mauroof Jameel, illustrator and writer Zaahie Saeed, and comedian author and professional Ahmed Mauroof Jameel additionally took half within the pop- up occasion.

For these desirous to attend JLF Soneva Fushi 2023, Soneva’s unique pageant provide contains full entry to the complete pageant program, with luxurious personal villa lodging, alongside each day full board at chosen eating locations and complimentary spherical–journey wheeled aircraft home transfers, priced from USD 8,100 for 2 company for a minimal four-night keep. Those who ebook earlier than November 30, 2022, will even profit from a further 10 per cent JLF Early Bird discount on their keep. Contact me by electronic mail for extra info.


About Jaipur Literature Festival

Described because the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a luxurious feast of concepts. The previous decade has seen it remodel into a worldwide literary phenomenon having hosted over 2,000 audio system and welcoming over 1,000,000 ebook lovers from throughout India and the globe. Tje JLF’s core values stay unchanged: to function a democratic, non-aligned platform providing free and truthful entry. Every yr, the pageant brings collectively a various mixture of the world’s biggest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, enterprise leaders and entertainers on one stage to champion the liberty to specific and have interaction in considerate debate and dialogue.

Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite audio system to participate within the five-day program set towards the backdrop of Rajasthan’s gorgeous cultural heritage. Past audio system have ranged from Nobel Laureates J. M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz; Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty; Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, in addition to the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and U. R. Ananthamurthy; together with literary superstars together with Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual occasion that goes past literature, the Festival has additionally hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Bill Gates, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship occasion of Teamwork Arts, which produces it together with over 25 extremely acclaimed performing arts, visible arts and literary festivals throughout greater than 40 cities globally.


About Soneva

Founded in 1995, Soneva is an award-winning sustainable luxurious resorts operator. At Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua within the Maldives, and Soneva Kiri in Thailand, true ‘luxury’ is outlined by peace, time and house. Each day, company are inspired to find the SLOW LIFE, reconnecting with themselves and the pure world by uncommon, unforgettable experiences that encourage and enthral. Soneva is a pioneer for accountable tourism, combining a conscientious, proactive strategy to sustainability with beautiful luxurious and intuitive personalised service. Carbon impartial since 2012, Soneva launched its Total Impact Assessment in 2016, a primary for the hospitality trade, measuring its social and environmental impacts. A compulsory 2% environmental levy is added to each Soneva keep, with proceeds going in direction of the not-for-profit Soneva Foundation to offset each direct and oblique carbon emissions from resort actions and visitor flights. The Foundation funds a variety of world tasks which have a optimistic environmental, social and financial affect.




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