Bridge India partners with JLF London, which bring its signature power-packed literary discourse to the city

Bridge India is delighted to be a Partner for JLF London at the British Library, organised by Teamwork Arts. The event will take from 7th to 9th June 2024.

The event promises to once again transform the iconic venue into a vibrant cross-cultural arena that celebrates the dynamism of literary and intellectual traditions from around the globe.

It comes after the success of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series Jaipur Literature Festival (the 17th Festival edition), in February in Jaipur. JLF London aims to reinforce the spectacle and spirit of its mothership event. Known as the “greatest literary show on Earth”, the Festival in Jaipur is an inspirational convergence of ideas, perspectives and people, highlighting the profound impact of books and discourse.

What to expect

The 2024 edition of JLF London will feature a distinguished roster of speakers, including:

  • Christina Lamb, noted British journalist and author
  • Maggie O’Farrell, acclaimed Edinburgh-based writer celebrated for her latest work, The Marriage Portrait
  • Mary Beard, one of the world’s foremost classicists, known for her award-winning book Pompeii
  • Paul Lynch, the celebrated Booker Prize-winning author of the most recent Prophet Song
  • Ruby Lal, an esteemed historian of South Asian history
  • Sathnam Sanghera, whose writings critically explore the effects of British imperialism
  • Shekhar Kapur, renowned Indian filmmaker and actor
  • Shrabani Basu, historian and author of the bestseller Victoria & Abdul
  • Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate and molecular biologist
  • Vikas Swarup, acclaimed author and former diplomat

Namita Gokhale, Sahitya Akademi award recipient author and Festival Co-director, said, “JLF London at the British Library returns to London for its eleventh annual edition. It is a time to celebrate books and ideas, poetry and music, discussion and dialogue, and to try to understand our fraught and fragile world. Join us for a joyous weekend of vibrant conversations and deep stimulation. “

Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts said, “With a varied and vibrant program, JLF London will celebrate diversity of thought and address some of the most urgent global questions of our present times.”

The festival will not only showcase literature but will also delve into pressing global issues such as democracy, geopolitics, war and conflict, and the influence of cinema and art on society. The programme will cover topics ranging from the science of ageing to the cultural impact of food, celebrating both the intellectual and the sensory.

JLF London at the British Library has consistently hosted over 600 sessions over the past decade, featuring a blend of literary discussions, performance art, and cultural debates that have captivated audiences. The festival’s commitment to inclusivity and community resonates deeply with the multicultural ethos of London, making it a must-attend event in the city’s cultural calendar.

About Teamwork Arts

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 72 cities and 26 countries in the fields of performing and visual arts and literature. We produce the world’s largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, the Maldives, and Europe.

Through its digital avatar, the Jaipur Literature Festival reached over 27 million viewers in January 2021. Art Matters empowers artistes across India to collaborate by commissioning them to create new works.

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