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For the first time in the region, Qatar National Library (QNL), in partnership with Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), will host a celebration of literature and the power of dialogue from December 12 to 14.
JLF Doha is the country’s first international literature festival of its kind, which will recreate the magnificent spirit of Jaipur’s annual literary carnival in Doha.
The JLF in India is often called “the greatest literary show on Earth” and has, since its conception, transformed itself into a global literary phenomenon, having hosted more than 2,000 speakers and welcomed over a million book-lovers from the world over.
With the Doha edition being the first JLF in the Middle East, Teamwork Arts, has since 2014 expanded its global reach with editions in London, New York, Boulder, Houston, Adelaide, Toronto, Belfast and now Doha, recreating its magic across the world.
JLF Doha, sponsored by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ooredoo Qatar, will feature prominent authors and thinkers including Anita Nair, author of the much-loved novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting and Idris: Keeper of the Light; Dr Amal Mohammed al Malki, founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Buket Uzuner, selected among the 75 Most Influential Women of Turkey on the occasion of Turkey’s 75th anniversary; Sharmila Tagore, National Film Award-winning screen veteran and gifted actor who has acted in over a 100 Bengali and Hindi films including several under the direction of Satyajit Ray; Javed Akhtar, renowned poet, lyricist and scriptwriter; and Kim Pereira, actor, director, playwright and author of August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey. HE Lolwah al Khater, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be among the speakers at the event. A full list of speakers will be announced soon.
Dr Sohair Wastawy, executive director of QNL, said, “The event will serve as an incredible opportunity for the people of Qatar to meet writers, leading literary figures and thought leaders from around the world, while sharing and widening their own interests and knowledge.”
Sanjoy K Roy, managing director of Teamwork Arts, said, “We are looking forward to bringing the first edition of JLF to Doha with an array of speakers. We hope JLF Doha will create a platform to exchange ideas and celebrate diversity.”
The programme of informative and stimulating events, discussions and lectures taking place during JLF Doha invites participation from all sections of society, including schools, universities, community groups and special interest groups, creating a platform for an engaging and vibrant exchange of ideas.
The festival goes hand-in-hand with the QNL’s celebration of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture, which features numerous other events in November and December.
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