Attention, bibliophiles! Jaipur Literature Festival is back in a hybrid avatar in 2022

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 will have both on-ground and virtual events at a new venue in the Pink City.
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Jaipur Lit Fest is one of the world’s biggest literary festivals. Image: Courtesy JLF.

After a long wait, the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is returning to the Pink City as a physical event in 2022 for its 15th edition. One of the world’s largest book festivals, JFL was held virtually last year due to COVID-19 restrictions and had garnered a viewership of 10 million. This time, it will be held in a hybrid form. The physical event will a five-day affair from January 28 to February 1, with some of its sessions to be broadcasted in real time. The digital sessions will be extending till February 6.

Sanjoy Roy, the managing director of Teamwork Arts—the company that organises JLFs around the world, has announced that for the very first time, it will be a ticketed event for visitors, wherein the charge for spending a day at the fest will be ₹200. The venue has also been moved to Clark’s Amer from Diggi Palace, its original home since birth. The music stage, however, will continue to remain at Diggi Palace. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the audience for the physical events will be much smaller than its otherwise annual footfall of about 4,00,000 guests.

JLF 2022 will host close to 250 speakers, including the likes of Arundhathi Subramaniam, Kunal Basu, Damon Galgut, Shashi Tharoor, and a total of 300 hours of programming. For those who wish to volunteer at the fest, the registration has been started on its official website, and the last date to register is December 5, 2021. More details on the on-ground and virtual events are awaited. A must-do experience in Jaipur, JLF is held at various locations globally like Adelaide, Belfast, New York, Toronto, and London, and will be hosted in the Maldives (JLF Soneva Fushi) for the very first time in May 2022.

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