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Jaipur Literature Festival goes spectacularly hybrid in 2022

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Festival Dates: The on-ground Festival will run from 28th January to 1st February 2022. The virtual edition of Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 is scheduled from 28th January to 6th February 2022
  • First List of Speakers Announced: Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ambarish Satwik, B.N. Goswamy, Bruno Maçães, Cat Jarman, Damon Galgut, DBC Pierre, Farrukh Dhondy, Jonathan Franzen, Kunal Basu, Mukulika Banerjee, Shashi Tharoor, Shivani Sibal, Tripurdaman Singh and Vikram Sampath
  • Volunteer Programme: The Jaipur Literature Festival runs a successful Volunteer programme that forms the backbone of its operations while offering young enthusiasts an unmatched enriching experience, enabling them to see first-hand what goes into making and managing a festival of this scale. A 250-strong ‘army’ of dedicated volunteers work across the Festival’s 25 departments. Volunteer registrations are open till December 5, 2021
  • Registration and Delegate Packages: Online registration for the Festival is mandatory and attendees can register via the Festival website. Visitors can also buy Delegate Packages to experience the Festival’s magic, while mingling with authors, interacting with industry players, relaxing in the Delegate Lounge, and enjoying the Jaipur Music Stage and Heritage Evening

2022’s biggest literary news is here! The iconic annual Jaipur Literature Festival will be back at its cherished home – Jaipur – in a hybrid avatar with both its on-ground magnificence as well as its nifty virtual presence. The hybrid version will enable a larger audience to access the Festival offerings, reaching out to book-lovers across continents. There has never been a more powerful feast of literature, discourse & camaraderie than this Festival. Today Teamwork Arts, the Festival producer, announced the dates for its landmark 15th edition, setting them between 28th January – 6th February 2022.

2022 heralds new beginnings when the Festival will combine the cautious optimism of a post-pandemic world along with the sheer joy that books can bring – both online & on-ground. The Festival will offer represent all Indian national languages and multiple foreign languages too with over 300 hours of programming with and over 250 speakers.

The Festival will run on-ground from 28th January to 1st February 2022 and the virtual sessions will go live from 28th January to 6th February with an extended online experience. For over a decade, Jaipur has played host to the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, dubbed the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, a haven for literature-lovers and festival-goers alike.  After a much successful virtual edition of the Festival last year, with over 10 million views worldwide, the 2022 edition will introduce the audience to the brand new and ‘super’ hybrid version at a spanking new venue with an enhanced experience and facilities. The Festival will be organised at Hotel Clarks Amber, Jaipur with added facilities to accommodate footfalls and will follow COVID 19 safety protocols as per government guidelines.

This first-ever truly hybrid literary extravaganza will showcase a plethora of themes and writers curated specially for audiences across the world, offering an immersive experience of literature, discourse, musical performances, art installations, merchandise, local cuisine and more. In its milestone hybrid edition, the Festival aims to be even wider in its reach and longer in duration, covering 10 days.

The first list of 15 speakers released today includes Indian poet and author of the latest Women Who Wear Only Themselves Arundhathi Subramaniam; Delhi-based vascular and endovascular surgeon, writer and Director of the Vascular Cath Lab at Sir Ganga Ram hospital Dr. Ambarish Satwik; eminent art critic, art historian B.N. Goswamy; senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, former Portuguese politician and author Bruno Maçães; bio archaeologist and field archaeologist specialising in the Viking Age, Viking women and Rapa Nui Dr. Cat Jarman;2021 Booker Prize winner for his novel The Promise Damon Galgut; Australian author and 2003 Booker Prize winner for his debut novel Vernon God Little DBC Pierre; Indian-born British writer, playwright and screenwriter Farrukh Dhondy.

The list continues with National Book Award-winning author and 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist Jonathan Franzen; author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Miniaturist and Kalkatta and a collection of stories titled The Japanese Wife Kunal Basu; academic and author of Cultivating Democracy: Politics and Citizenship in Agrarian India Mukulika Banerjee; member of parliament and author Dr. Shashi Tharoor; debutant novelist of the latest Equations Shivani Sibal;  historian and author of three acclaimed books, Sixteen Stormy DaysImperial Sovereignty and Local Politics  and the latest Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Tripurdaman Singh;  historian and the author of four acclaimed books, with his latest being Savarkar: A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966 Vikram Sampath.

Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher, and Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, 

“January 2022 will see the much awaited return of our physical festival, as well as a stellar virtual version. We look forward to the joys of welcoming book lovers and friends from the literary community. The intense pleasures of shared energies and real time conversations will be further enhanced by the infinite possibilities of digital connectivity across continents and time zones. We are delighted to welcome writers from far and near, including Bruno Maçães, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Mukulika Banerjee, Shashi Tharoor, Tripurdaman Singh, and Vikram Sampath. Our programming will as ever present a spectrum of literary delights while remaining rooted in the rich diversity of Indian writing and culture. Watch out for the Maha-Kumbh of literature, where the world visits Jaipur and Jaipur visits the world!”

William Dalrymple, writer, historian and Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said,

I am completely thrilled that our beloved literature festival is returning to Jaipur after a spell online due to the pandemic. We are coming back with a truly spectacular line-up of literary superstars from across the world. In fiction, we have this year’s Booker winner, the great Damon Galgut, his predecessor DBC Pierre, Pulitzer finalist Jonathan Franzen. It’s going to be utterly magnificent and we look forward to seeing you in Jaipur from the 28th January.”

Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, who produce the Jaipur Literature Festival, said,

“There has never been a more powerful feast of literature, discourse & camaraderie than the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. This year’s hybrid version will enable a much larger audience to access the Festival offerings, reaching out to people across continents. Teamwork Arts invites book-lovers to be a part of this milestone Festival in its newest avatar.”

The Festival will include its B2B arm, Jaipur BookMark (JB M), now in its ninth edition. JBM will continue to bring together a wide range of publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, translation agencies and booksellers from across the world and give them an opportunity to meet, talk business and listen to major global industry players.

The Jaipur Literature Festival sets literary conversations and dialogue against a cultural backdrop promoting India’s traditional heritage including curated art installations, cultural evenings and the Jaipur Music Stage, which runs parallel to the Festival.

Registration and access to the Online Edition of the Festival is free and open to all. Registration to the On Ground Edition of the Festival will be available from INR 200 per day. The audience can also purchase Delegate Packages, which offer a special experience of the Festival and take them on a compelling cultural journey.

In addition to enjoying the literary sessions, audiences will also get to savour the Festival’s signature morning and evening music sessions with performances by leading artistes and virtuosos.  The customary Festival merchandise and books by participating authors will be available both at the Festival Bazaar and online on the Jaipur Literature Festival’s official website.

About Jaipur Literature Festival:

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.

Past speakers 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, as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and U. R. Ananthamurthy; along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also 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.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

About Teamwork Arts:

For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.

Even amidst the upheaval and unsettling times of 2020, Teamwork Arts successfully launched the digital series, JLF Brave New World and WORDS ARE BRIDGES, which were viewed by over 4.8 million people in their first season. Through its digital avatar, the Jaipur Literature Festival reached over 19 million viewers in January 2021 and brought together the world’s leading commentators and writers. The musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held.

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