The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), which was scheduled to take place from January 28 to February 1, is now postponed from March 5 to 14 due to the growing number of Covid cases, organizers announced on Friday.
Around 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons from around the world are expected to participate in the festival, which will take place in hybrid mode. It will be virtual from March 5 to 9 and in person from March 10 to 14.
“Keeping in mind the advent of the new variant and the sharp increase in the number of cases across the country, we felt it was best to reschedule the festival and hold it in March 2022. We remain committed to bring the festival back to Jaipur as an immersive field experience, fostering dialogue, discussion and debate about books and ideas, ”festival producer Sanjoy K Roy said in a statement.
India recorded 1,17,100 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday as the virus continues to spread at a breakneck rate, in large part thanks to the virulent variant Omicron.
This year’s festival will also see a move from its traditional Diggi Palace venue to the Clarks Amber Hotel, Jaipur, with additional facilities to accommodate pedestrians and follow COVID-19 safety protocols as per government guidelines.
Best-selling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Hollywood actor-writer Rupert Everett, award-winning Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka, eminent Jamaican poet Kei Miller, Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut, Booker Prize winner 2003 DBC Pierre British and historian-biographer Andrew Lownie are among the contingent participants.
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