The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will once again make its mark on Australia when the second annual JLF Adelaide hosts three days of transnational celebration and cultural exchange from November 1-3.
Described as “the greatest literary show on earth”, JLF is an annual literary extravaganza produced by Teamwork Arts and held in Rajasthan, India. Over the past decade the Festival has hosted more than 2000 speakers and welcomed more than 1.2 million participants.
Former Adelaide Writers’ Week director Laura Kroetsch recently joined the JLF Adelaide programming team after directing Dark and Dangerous Thoughts at Dark Mofo 2019. Ms Kroetsch said she was thrilled to be working on yet another thought-provoking cultural program for Adelaide audiences.
Across 40 free events, the program will bring together more than 60 writers, thought leaders, activists and artists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Speakers include Jaipur Literature Festival co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, who will be launching his new book The Anarchy: Rise and Fall of the East India Company.
Dalrymple said: “The Jaipur Literature Festival is a unique celebration of writing that has grown into something bigger and more wonderful than anything we could have ever hoped for. We can’t wait to once again bring to Australia a little taste of the energy and colourful brilliance that has made it the most happening literary festival in the world. JLF Adelaide will bring together transnational speakers to engage in dialogue and debate, showcasing diverse perspectives and ideas.”
JLF Adelaide is part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia; JLF Adelaide will celebrate Asia’s stories, heritage and rich culture while also exploring Australia’s place in the region.
JLF Adelaide is bound to be a jam-packed weekend of panels, debates, readings, performances, music, and workshops!