International Culture - The Jaipur Literature Festival has a well-earned reputation as the world’s largest free literary festival. From just 100 visitors in 2006, they grew to over 250,000 participants over the five-day festival in January 2015. When one thinks of the Jaipur Literature Festival, what comes to mind is color, stimulation, energy and passion. Whether you are a fan of regional music, an admirer of political journalism, aficionado of delectable fiction or just plain curious, you fall under the welcoming umbrella of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
One thing the organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival pride themselves on is providing access to the general public at no cost. Free and democratic access to their speakers, sessions and ideas make this festival very unique. It was only a matter of time, before they took flight and landed overseas to give those who cannot make it to Jaipur a taste of what is called the ‘greatest literary show on earth.
The festival invites us to join together in examining the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from around the world. In an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, authors from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe engage in provocative conversations about life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet. In our critical times, the penetrating, intercultural dialogue exchanged at this festival of ideas speaks deeply to individuals and gives rise to the joy of community. In true JLF fashion, the festival will start and end with a sublime music session.
After their successful second stint at the Southbank Centre in London in May 2015, their next stop is… Boulder, Colorado, USA! Beautiful Boulder is known for its 300 days of sunshine per year and its highly educated, professional population of more than 100,000; for its deep interest and leadership in social, technical and environmental innovation and for yoga & mindfulness practices, cycling & fitness and natural health & healing.
If you are in the Boulder, Colorado area on September 19th or 20th, be sure to stop by the public library to experience this fantastic cultural experience. If you are interested in learning more, please click here to check out the festival program.