ABOUT JLF LONDON at the British Library -2024

JLF London at the British Library will be back this year - from 7th - 9th June, 2024, with an exciting line-up of speakers and sessions.

Hosted at the prestigious British Library, JLF London is a cross-cultural voyage in which we bring a mix of literary narratives and inspirational speakers from around the world.

In February 2024, the 17th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival was held at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. The five-day Festival, held annually in the Pink City of Jaipur, is a celebration of the power of words and ideas amid a riot of colour, music, art and cuisine, through discourse and debate.

As always, JLF London will embody the multi-faceted spirit of the Jaipur Festival, with its grand ideal of inclusiveness and community, and be back at the heart of London with a caravan of writers and thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs, who will bring alive South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage at the British Library.

Over the last decade, at JLF London, we have offered over 600 sessions, combining oral and performing arts, books and ideas, conversation and debate, cinema, current affairs and politics & geopolitics.

The 2023 edition, that celebrated ten years of the London festival,featured prominent speakers, including author and journalist Deepa Annaparra, journalists Jonathan Freedland and Luke Harding, author and historian Tom Holland, editor and novelist Vauhini Vara, Noble laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, film director and screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj, singer Usha Uthup, among others.

The upcoming edition of JLF London promises to bring together some of the world's most renowned and relevant voices to speak on essential themes that look at the different dimensions and perspectives of our shared stories.

We discuss democracy, elections and geopolitics, the psychology of war and matters of the ‘Present Tense’. We take an emotional journey across 50 years of modern Indian cinema and speak of the science of ageing and the nourishing and heartwarming nature of food. We celebrate art and the everlasting impact of museums; diaspora writing and readings across time.

BRITISH LIBRARY

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. Its collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.

Meet some of the British Library’s greatest treasures online. Explore some of the greatest writers and their work at Discovering Literature and astonishing collections of Sacred Texts. The Library also looks after South Asian collections of extraordinary range and diversity, and works to share these with the world through importantdigitisation programmes. They include paintings, manuscripts, recordings, photography, books in every language and more, ranging from the Mewar Ramayana to the many stories of Asian people in Britain.

Continuing the Library’s vibrant cultural programme, its next major exhibition will be Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights.

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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, knowledge-creation, 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 artists in the knowledge and arts space in India and abroad. The arts of India are unrivaled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing India to global audiences requires a deep understanding of her culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming, an unflinching attention to detail and above all, love and respect for the artist. Our expertise spans the sphere of entertainment and knowledge, and includes making of  documentary and feature films, conceptualizing and developing visual, performing arts and literary festivals around the world which embody both a classical and contemporary India, and nurturing new talent across all art forms.

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 and Australia and the Maldives and Spain!

We produce acclaimed festivals across India such as the Ishara International Puppet Festival, the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META), festivals of magical music -the Mahindra Kabira in Varanasi, the Sacred in Pushkar, the Jazz India Circuit in Goa and the National Capital Region, the Jaipur Music Stage in Jaipur and the monthly Under the Banyan Tree which happens on a “Full Moon” night in Delhi.

Our international festivals include India by the Nile in Egypt, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, Confluence - A Festival of India in Australia, India in the Sunshine City in Zimbabwe , India by the Bosphorus in Turkey, India in the Alps in Switzerland and many more. Our musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story - A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held.

Even amidst the upheaval and unsettling times of 2020 and through 2021, 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 27 million viewers in January 2021 and brought together the world’s leading commentators and writers. Amidst the pandemic, Teamwork Arts also created ‘Art Matters’ - an initiative empowering artistes across India to collaborate across genres by commissioning them to create new works. It has since then raised awareness, actioned change, developed support channels and inspired the community to contribute to the cause in various direct and indirect ways. 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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