Amid the COVID-19 scare and the Omicron threat, Jaipur Literature Festival, which was supposed to be held at the end of this month, has been pushed to March. Here are the details. By Anushka Goel
With the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic having arrived, the number of cases are rising across the country (and the world), with lockdowns, curfews and bans being imposed by states and nations alike. Given the current situation, the 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which was set to be an on-ground event starting January 28 and later move online, has been rescheduled to March this year.
JLF will now be held from March 5 till March 14, with the on-ground programmes being conducted from March 10 to March 14, a press release by Teamwork Arts, the producers of the iconic literary festival, states.
Jaipur Literature Festival postponed to March 2022
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The festival will be held keeping all COVID-19 protocols in mind that are mandated by the Central and Rajasthan governments at the time of the festival, the press release states. Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said, “Keeping in mind the advent of the new variant and the sharp rise in the number of cases across the country, we have thought it best to reschedule Jaipur Literature Festival and hold it in March 2022. We remain committed to bringing the festival back to Jaipur as an on-ground, immersive experience, promoting dialogue, discussion, and debate on books and ideas.”
This year’s edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is set to be in a hybrid avatar, combining on-ground immersive experiences with thought-provoking discussions and meets virtually. This will enable a wider audience to access the festival’s offerings, by being able to reach out to people across the globe and not just book-lovers in India.