Australian cricket legend Wayne Phillips will join Bollywood Queen Zeenat Aman, famed author and outspoken social commentator Shobhaa De, and prominent writer William Dalrymple in Adelaide’s first satellite of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, starting today. 

Celebrating the stories, history and rich culture of India and the connections between broader Asia and Australia, the free event runs in and around Adelaide Festival Centre until Sunday as part of OzAsia Festival 2018.  

This is the first time the festival is being hosted in Adelaide, after having travelled to New York and London.  

JLF in Adelaide will feature a program of fascinating, insightful and sometimes provocative panels showcasing 54 international and local authors, journalists, thinkers and activists. 

Wayne Phillips said he’s looking forward to sharing his experiences and memories of the game during the festival’s cricket panel on Saturday afternoon: “The Jaipur Literature Festival is within viewing distance of Adelaide Oval and the city is really alive so I’m looking forward to what should be a terrific session on Friday night talking about the spirit of the game. I’m glad we have the opportunity to link with likeminded people here in Adelaide.” 

With more than 80 films to her name, Zeenat Aman is revered in India as an actress who shook up the stereotypes of traditional movie heroines and worked with some of Hindi cinema's most iconic directors and actors. This will be her first visit to Australia.  

Shobhaa De is a prolific writer, columnist, blogger and opinion shaper with a Twitter following of close to three million.  

Also heading to Adelaide: popular Indian author Devdutt Pattanaik, Singaporean spoken word poet Pooja Nansi, multi award-winning writer and comedian Sami Shah and the festival’s Artistic Directors and celebrated writers William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale

The 27 international writers come from India, China, Singapore, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand and the UK. There are 27 Australian speakers, including nine from South Australia. 

Panels will discuss, debate and reflect on a range of topics, from politics and economics to travel, sport and the arts. 

OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell said JLF in Adelaide was more than a literature festival. “There are more than 30 panels to choose from, offering unique and fascinating views on fiction, culture, politics, sport and so much more. And it’s completely free. There will also be incredible food and an outdoor music program at Lucky Dumpling Market, featuring fusion band Kabir Cafe as well as performances by the revered and Grammy Award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and talented drummer Selvaganesh. It’s a wonderful opportunity to indulge in the region’s rich culture and we are excited to bring this to Adelaide for the very first time.” 

Founded in 2006, Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual event held in Rajasthan. In the past decade the world’s largest free event of its kind has hosted more than 1,600 speakers and welcomed more than 1.2 million participants.  

Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Teamwork Arts is delighted to bring JLF to Adelaide! With an array of writers from across the world we hope to continue to build on platforms which are rich in content and allow for discussion, debate and dissent!“ 

Please note: Unfortunately Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor will no longer be attending JLF in Adelaide. He is unable to travel due to health concerns and very much regrets not being able to participate in the Festival.  

JLF in Adelaide Major Partner – University of South Australia

Executive Festival Partner – The City of Adelaide; Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, Sydney Festival Partners – Playking Foundation; National Arts Council, Singapore; ANZ; Adelaide Casino; Adelaide Airport; Wilson Parking

Program Partners – Artwave, Taiwan; The Australian Government through the Department for Communication and the Arts; The Australia-China Council, Council for Australian-Arab Relations and Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Confucius Institute at The University of Adelaide; Australia Council for the Arts; Flinders University; Jembatan; Birdlife Australia

Official Airline – Singapore Airlines

Accommodation Partner – Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Vehicle Partner – Jarvis Subaru

Wine Partner – O’Leary Walker Wines 

Media Partners – The Advertiser; SBS; iAge Media; CityMag; ABC Radio Adelaide

Program Supporters – CENDANA (Cultural Economy Development Agency, Malaysia); BEKRAF (Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy); West Java Provincial Government; Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Special Region of Yogyakarta; Department of Tourism, Philippines; CultureLink, Singapore 

Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival is supported by the Government of South Australia. 

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