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About The Festival
THE GREATEST LITERARY SHOW ON EARTH IS BACK WITH A BIGGER PRESENCE !
The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, held annually in the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan, has grown bigger in the past year. Our online presence, which took off in 2020, stayed resilient and multifaceted, garnering over 169 million viewers in its reach, reinforcing the power and potential of books, ideas and discourse through a series of digital festivals – Jaipur Literature Festival 2021; JLF Brave New World; JLF International Editions; JLF WORDS ARE BRIDGES. The camaraderie that we created through this unique literary platform has been truly unstoppable. In 2022, we are back with an even more special and bigger presence – on-ground in our customary home of Jaipur as well as in the unfettered realm of the virtual space.
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.
The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.
Our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.
Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people 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, in the state capital Jaipur.
Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late 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, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally.
Teamwork Arts also produces JLF at the British Library, JLF Colorado, JLF Houston, JLF New York, JLF Adelaide, and for the first time in 2019, JLF Belfast and JLF Toronto.