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Known as the greatest literary show on earth, Jaipur Literature Festival is a free event that brings together the world’s most talented authors, writers and philosophers from every continent. The objective of the festival is to promote free-thinking, idea exchange, and progress in a setting where such liberties are reserved for the elite few. JLF seeks to inspire hope and offer life-changing opportunities to the people of the local community and across the world.

Read on for everything you need to know about Jaipur Literature Festival.

What is the Jaipur Literature Festival?

The tradition began in 2006 and has since grown to attract world-renowned, prize-winning artists in the literary world in addition to humanitarians, business. Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners will speak on panels, humanitarians, like the Dalai Lama, will grace the event with their presence, and philosophers will offer their perspective on the industry’s most pressing issues.

Where and when is Jaipur Literature Festival?

The festival will take over Diggi Palace in Jaipur, India from January 24-29, 2018 for five days of readings, discussions, workshops and live shows.

Diggi Palace

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Diggi Palace is a 150-year old Indian royal palace that was once occupied by the ruling family of the principality of Jaipur. The space has since been converted to a hotel that is run by the royal family. The palace hotel is situated in the heart of Jaipur and offers a luxurious stay for those attending JLF. It has been the home of the Jaipur Literature Festival since its inception in 2006.

Who will speak at JLF 2018?

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The Jaipur Literature Festival lineup is full of authors from around the world who will participate in panel discussions and live debates, offer readings, lead workshops, and give talks on a variety of topics. From local writers to Nobel Laureates, the speakers at JLF will be impressive to say the least. Check the official website for an up-to-date list of JLF speakers.

How to attend JLF

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General registration is free and provides access to all sessions, workshops, art shows, and affiliated events. It is important to note that registration closes a few days before the show, so put in your bid early if you plan to attend. Paid registration options give you access to exclusive events and areas, including lunches, the Delegate’s Lounge and cocktail hours.

Volunteering for the festival

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Jaipur Literature Festival is a free event, so the help of volunteers is crucial to its continued success. Since inception, the festival has grown to record numbers, making the need for volunteers even more detrimental to its success. Aspiring volunteers are encouraged to apply on the official site. Volunteers work anywhere from the music stage to the merchandise store and ticketing, and every hour contributed means the continuation of this wonderful event.

Where to stay for the festival

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Photo by ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Once home to the royal family, the city has maintained its palace-like essence. A feeling of royalty is extended to every accommodation that you will find in this sacred place. Hotels range from local to luxury, each offering an authentic and enchanting experience. Find the best accommodations that Jaipur has to offer.

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