About JLF Doha

For the first time ever, Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic annual Jaipur Literature Festival, brings to the Middle East, a celebration of literature and the power of dialogue to be held in the vibrant city of Doha in Qatar between December 12 and December 14, 2019 at the distinguished Qatar National Library. 

Since 2014, Teamwork Arts, has taken JLF to international venues with editions in London, Belfast, New York, Boulder, Houston, Adelaide, Toronto and now Doha, recreating the Jaipur Festival’s spirit and magic across the world.

The Festival, in keeping with JLF’s international programming vision, will reinforce South Asia’s unique literary heritage, while being infused with flavours true to the proud literary legacy of Qatar. With globally-celebrated authors and thinkers taking part in a range of stimulating panels and debates, the programme resonates with ideas and issues critical to our present, past, and future.

About JLF Doha

Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. As a research library, we foster and promote greater insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region, building bridges between Qatar and the rest of the world. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making and cultural development.

The Library’s 45,000-square-meter building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, encourages visitors to explore the progression of knowledge from the past to the present. It achieves a delicate balance between information availability and accessibility on the one hand, and content preservation and conservation on the other.

The Library offers members free access to more than one million books in its collections, along with ebooks, audiobooks, periodicals and newspapers, online journals and databases, and special collections. Our public events and regular exhibitions, allow visitors of all ages to learn, create and grow together, making the Library a true center of the Qatar community.

At our physical and spiritual heart is the Heritage Library, which contains historical Arabic and foreign-language books and manuscripts, maps, globes, photographs, navigation instruments, serials and archival collections relating to Qatar, the Gulf, and the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Heritage Library’s permanent exhibition features a rotating display of the highlights of the collection, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Qatar and the region.

We are honored and excited to welcome the literary world to the Library at JLF – Doha. Ours is a diverse, multicultural community that loves to learn from each other’s stories, and this Festival epitomizes that spirit of dialogue, exchange and education.

Directors & Producer

Sanjoy K. Roy

Sanjoy K. Roy

Managing Director - Teamwork Arts (Producer)

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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

Writer, Historian & Festival Director

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Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale

Writer, Publisher & Festival Director

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Teamwork Arts

From Concept to Curation and Design to Production

Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world.  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, change-makers and visual artistes in the knowledge and arts space in India and abroad.

Every year, we produce over 33 festivals in 42 cities and 17 countries in the fields of performing & visual arts and literature; our venues include Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the UK and USA as well as many eclectic festivals across India. We produce the world's largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Qatar and the Maldives and soon in Europe.

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 digital series Be Inspired was launched in 2021 – a series that crystal gazes into the future with conversations on science, technology, innovation, environment and more.

More information at: www.teamworkarts.com

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