OzAsia expands with Jaipur Literature Festival in Adelaide

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Sunday 8 July 2018.

The Jaipur Literature Festival – an international feast of cultural connections and new perspectives - is coming to Adelaide.

As part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2018, the three-day Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Adelaide will showcase the artistic, literary and culinary heritage of South Asia and the world with books, ideas, food, music, dialogue and debate.

Authors, journalists, musicians, thinkers and activists will descend on Adelaide from Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November, including the festival’s artistic directors and celebrated writers William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale.

JLF in Adelaide will be completely free and feature curated talks and readings from international and local writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction taking a deliberately Asian perspective on diverse topics from politics, economics, sport, travel and cinema to gender, environment, science, history and arts.

A free outdoor music series in the Lucky Dumpling Market will feature popular fusion band Kabir Cafe as well as performances by the revered and Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and the extraordinarily talented drummer Selvaganesh.

OzAsia Festival Director Joseph Mitchell said Jaipur Literature Festival in Adelaide would transport the colour and excitement of the world’s biggest free literary celebration straight into Adelaide:

“JLF is a coming together of diverse backgrounds, works and perspectives in Indian, South Asian and global literature, featuring internationally acclaimed writers and thinkers.

“Its global reputation is enormous and now Adelaide is joining the event’s satellite cities of New York, London and Boulder, Colorado.”

Founded in 2006, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual event held in Rajasthan. In the past decade the world’s largest free event of its kind has hosted more than 1600 speakers and welcomed nearly 1.2 million participants.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said hosting JLF in Adelaide further strengthened South Australia’s status as Australia’s festival state:

“It’s an exciting and important opportunity for us to be able to showcase a range of voices from South Asia and the Asian Pacific region here in Adelaide.

“OzAsia is Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia and the addition of the Jaipur Literature Festival further strengthens our commitment to celebrating culture from all over the Asia Pacific and its wider international connections.

 “South Australia is known for its diverse festivals and events. As a part of OzAsia Festival, JLF will be another drawcard for people from all over the country to take advantage of the wonderful arts offering in our state.”

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and OzAsia Festival Patron, said it was exciting to watch it continue to evolve and present unique experiences:

“For more than a decade, Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival has been at the forefront of artistic excellence and celebrating cultural diversity in our state. Bringing the Jaipur Literature Festival to Adelaide is an extension of this.

“JLF will be a wonderful opportunity for audiences to surround themselves with some of the best literary minds from around the world and discover more about South Asian perspectives.”

Jaipur Literature Festival Artistic Director William Dalrymple said he was excited to introduce South Australians to the creativity and colour of JLF: "I am completely thrilled JLF is going to Adelaide, one of my favourite cities in the world and the perfect partner for JLF's magical literary caravan.”

Australian High Commissioner to India Her Excellency Harinder Sidhu said: “The sharing of ideas is a hallmark of JLF. This collaboration is exciting because it brings to life Australia’s deepening cultural ties with India, building on our shared world view and strong connections between our people.”

Namita Gokhale, author and co-director of JLF, said: “How delightful to have a JLF edition in Adelaide this November! The vibrant literary scene across Australia has many connectivities with India and South Asia and some extraordinary local and International writing. Look forward to a feast of books, ideas and dialogues.” 

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces JLF, said: “Teamwork Arts is delighted to bring JLF to Adelaide as its future home in Australia. With an array of writers from across the world we hope to continue to build on platforms which are rich in content and allow for discussion, debate and dissent.”


AJ Tucker | 08 8216 8796 | aj.tucker@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au