For three days, JLF Adelaide invites you to take a ride around Asia with some of the region’s most celebrated writers, thinkers and performers.

With 40 free events across talks, panels and readings, music and performances, JLF Adelaide will bring together more than 60 writers and artists from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Celebrating Asia’s stories, heritage and rich culture, JLF Adelaide offers audiences the opportunity to witness sessions on social and political constructs of empires which linger long after they are gone. There will also be sessions that travel the enormous mental and geographical distances that characterise the immigrant life and sessions with prominent fiction writers from different cultures, that draw on folklore, myth and fantasy.

JLF Adelaide offers a chance to think about worlds seemingly unlike our own – only to discover that these storytellers share our fears, ambitions, hopes and desires,” said Festival Advisor Laura Kroetsch.

2019 speakers include Festival Co-director and renowned writer William Dalrymple who will launch his new book The Anarchy: Rise and Fall of the East India Company, Indian parliamentarian and award-winning author Shashi Tharoor in his first visit to Adelaide, and award-winning Frank Dikötter, whose new book How to Be a Dictator, looks at the cult of personality in the 20th century.

Following her own experience of ovarian cancer, one of India’s leading actors Manisha Koirala, now actively promotes cancer awareness, women’s rights and human trafficking prevention. A United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, who has been cancer-free since 2015 and co-wrote Healed, Manisha will share the story of her battle against the disease.

Australian guests include Melanie Cheng, whose debut short story collection Australia Day won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction; two-time recipient of Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award Michelle De Kretser; much-loved writer and translator Robert Dessaix; and 2017 Patrick White Literary Award winner Tony Birch

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said: “It is increasingly important to understand how Australia relates to Asia-Pacific at home and abroad. JLF Adelaide at OzAsia is the leading platform where authors and their work, ideas and cultures of our regions are brought together.”

JLF Adelaide is part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. OzAsia artists participating in panel discussions for JLF Adelaide include spoken word poet/award-winning author Omar Musa (‘Since Ali Died’) and Punjabi theatre maker Abhishek Thapar (‘My Home at the Intersection’).

The full JLF Adelaide programme can be viewed at

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JLF Adelaide is presented by OzAsia Festival and produced by Teamwork Arts with support from: Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, the Australia-India Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ARTWAVE (Taiwan International Arts Network), the Australian Government’s Indigenous Language and Arts Program, Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Australia Writes.

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

About JLF Adelaide:

Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, brings to Adelaide a transnational celebration of cultural connections and new perspectives.

In collaboration with OzAsia Festival, Adelaide will be our home in Australia for a three-day festival set to take place every November.

Join us to celebrate the stories and heritage of South Asia while reflecting a global view of contemporary literature and critical thought alongside celebrated writers and thinkers from across the globe for a jam-packed weekend of panels, debates, readings, performances, music and workshops.

About Teamwork Arts:

From Concept to Curation and Design to Production 

The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork Arts believe in love and respect for the artist.

Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes documentary and feature films, television, the conceptualisation and development of contemporary performing/visual arts and literary festivals around the world, and in nurturing new talents across all art forms.

For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.

Every year, we produce 25 performing/visual arts and literary festivals in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the USA. Teamwork Arts produces the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, India by the Nile in Egypt, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, Confluence: Festival of India in Australia, and many more.

Our musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story: A Musical, continues to tour the world and has sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Egypt.

Our international festivals in India have included the bi-annual Bonjour India, a festival of France with more than 200 events across 18 cities in India and featuring over 250 artists, designers, researchers and entrepreneurs, and OzFest, a festival of Australia in India.

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Executive Festival Partner – City of Adelaide; Hong Kong Economic Trade Office, Sydney

Festival Partners – Playking Foundation; Department of Home Affairs, Fostering Integration Grants Program; ANZ; Adelaide Casino; Wilson Parking; QBE

Program Partners – ARTWAVE Taiwan; The Australian Government’s Indigenous Language and Arts Program; Japan Foundation; CENDANA (Cultural Economic Development Agency, Malaysia); Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Confucius Institute at The University of Adelaide; Flinders University, Jembatan

Official Airline – Singapore Airlines

Accommodation Partner – Stamford Group

Vehicle Partner – Jarvis Subaru

Wine Partner – Jacob’s Creek

Program Supporters – Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Birdlife Australia


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