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'THE GREATEST LITERARY SHOW ON EARTH' turns 10!

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind.


Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest minds, humanitarians, historians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers from all walks of life together on stage. This free and egalitarian access to these renowned thinkers and writers is a powerful statement in a country where access to such individuals remains the privilege of a few. The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival provides a potentially life-changing opportunity for audiences from Rajasthan, across India and the world to learn from and exchange ideas with contemporary literary stalwarts.

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Celebrate the Word

Registration

General

Registration

Free Single/Group
    • Access to the Festival Hub of Diggi Palace and all session venues, food courts, merchandise stalls, Festival Book Store and art installation spaces.
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Festival Delegate

Paid

5000 per person
    • Early Bird INR 5000 per day or INR 20000 for 4 or 5 days

    • Avail access to the exclusive lunch and dinner areas and the delegate lounge, entry to two special fringe events at heritage sites in Jaipur, an invite to the "Delegates Only" session and cocktail at the Festival and other benefits at a special fee.
Register

Media

Registration

Media
    • Exclusively for media persons officially representing print and electronic media.
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School

Registration

School
    • For schools bringing batches of their students to the Festival on the 19th, 20th and 23rd January ONLY
Register
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10 Years of Celebrating the Word

Once again, the 2017 edition of the Festival will bring together a dizzying array of voices and cerebral conversations.
  • It's settled. The Jaipur Literature Festival is officially the Woodstock, Live 8 and Ibiza of world literature. The Frankfurt Book Fair and the Booker Prize Awards are like watching the Pope sleep compared to an ambience best described as James Joyce meets Monsoon Wedding."
    Time Out
  • "It was a much younger, livelier and more euphoric crowd than literary festivals usually attract. It wanted to be provoked, was eager to laugh and fought to be heard: as the microphones went around for questions, eager hands snatched at them."
    The Economist
  • "Like Hay dropping acid."
    The New York Times
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NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2014 PEN-Hemingway Award, the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. We Need New Names was a finalist for numerous other awards, including the Man Booker Prize. Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction.
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Alan Hollinghurst

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of five novels, including The Swimming-Pool Library and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2004, and was filmed by the BBC. His new novel will be published in the summer of 2017.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability. Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness and Antifragile) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36 languages. In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also published, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 45 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability.  He spent time as a professional researcher (Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's School of Engineering and Dean's Professor at U. Mass Amherst). His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder (‘antifragile’). Taleb refuses all honours and anything that ‘turns knowledge into a spectator sport’.
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Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan’s six novels are published in 42 countries and have received numerous honours. He was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2014 for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Our 2017 Speakers

Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted Nobel Laureates, Man Booker Prize winners and debut writers.


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David Hare

David Hare is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights and filmmakers. He has written over 30 stage plays, which include Plenty, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens and The Judas Kiss. For film and television he has written 25 screenplays, which include the two Oscar-winning films The Hours and The Reader. His first work of memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, was published in 2015. In a millennial poll of the greatest plays of the 20th century, five of the top 100 were his.
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SL Bhyrappa

S.L. Bhyrappa has been the bestselling novelist in Kannada for the past 50 years, in Marathi translation for the last two decades and one of the top five bestselling authors in Hindi translation. Bhyrappa has written 23 novels, most of which have been translated into nearly all the Indian languages as well as English. His best known novels are Vamshavriksha, Grihabhanga, Parva, Saakshi, Tantu, Saartha, Mandra and Aavarana. He has also written four volumes of literary criticism as well as books on aesthetics, social issues and culture. Bhyrappa is the recipient of five honorary doctorates by universities in Karnataka, a Sahitya Akademi Award, the Saraswati Samman and various other national awards.
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Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is the author of three novels, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Spot of Bother and The Red House. He has also written for TV, radio and the stage. His latest work is a collection of short stories titled The Pier Falls.
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Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan writes novels, short stories as well as nonfiction pieces. Originally written in Bahasa Indonesian, his novels, the International Man Booker Prize-nominated Man Tiger and Beauty Is a Wound, have been translated into Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Malay.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies, including the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories and the O Henry Prize Stories. Her awards include an American Book Award, a PEN Josephine Miles award, a Light of India award and the Italian Premio Scanno Award. Her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies while One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have been optioned. Her work has been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Turkish, and Japanese, and several have been bestsellers both nationally and internationally. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list of ‘Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women’. Her newest novel is titled Before We Visit the Goddess.

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist. She is the author of over 40 books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative eco-poem Manatee/Humanity and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which won the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include Gossamurmur. Jaguar Harmonics and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics, co-edited with Laura Wright, and her latest, Voice's Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born. She was awarded the 2015 American Book Award for long-life achievement by the Before Columbus Foundation.
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Seeing school students, in uniform, on a Saturday, peppering esteemed journalists and politicians with erudite and wide-ranging questions was brilliant.

Meredith Curnow, Publisher

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The Jaipur Literary Festival is part-circus, part-postgraduate seminar and part-revolutionary assembly.

Lawrence Norfolk, Author

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The greatest literary show on Earth.

Tina Brown, Journalist & Author

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The most fabulous literary love-fest on the planet.

Simon Schama, Author & Historian

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कई सार्थक आवाज़ों का घर है जेएलएफ, वो शीशमहल है जहाँ सैंकड़ों आईने तेज़ी से इवॉल्व होते हुए समाज की परछाईयाँ दिखाते हैं।

Anu Singh Choudhary, Writer, Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

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FAQs

There are some common questions which we've listed here. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us at contact@teamworkarts.com

Accomodation & Transport

Can I book hotels/transport through the JLF website? Are packages available?

Yes, you may book hotels and transport packages through us at discounted rates. We are currently working on the packages. Do keep checking the website for regular updates.

Do I need to be a Festival Delegate to book a hotel through the website?

No, you do not need to be a Festival Delegate to book hotels through the Festival. Do check our website for regular updates on packages and offers.

Are there shuttle services from Diggi Palace to the Music Stage/hotel?

Yes, there is an evening Festival Shuttle Service from Diggi Palace (Festival Hub) to Hotel Clarks Amer (Music Stage venue) at scheduled timings but this is for Festival Delegates only.

Application – Speaker, Volunteer & Press

If I submit my work, can I be featured at JLF?

The Festival format does not allow submissions as programming. Featured speakers are pre-determined by the Festival Directors.

How can I become a volunteer for JLF?

Anybody above the age of 18 with a valid photo ID card can volunteer at the Jaipur Literature Festival. While preference is given to Jaipur locals, all are welcome to apply! If interested, please complete and submit the online application form on our website. Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview in Jaipur between October and November. Applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their work experience, statement of purpose and understanding of the local Jaipur demographics. It is mandatory for all shortlisted volunteers to attend all training and orientation sessions prior to the Festival.

How do I get accredited as Press at JLF? What are the requirements?

Please view our Press section for more information. (Click here)

Delegates

What facilities/benefits do I get as a Festival Delegate?
  • An access badge that enables entry to the Festival Hub (Diggi Palace). Entry and seating at session venues is on a first-come basis.
  • Buffet Lunch at the Festival Hub. The Delegate & Author Lunch Area is located adjacent to the Front Lawns (19 23 January 2017).
  • Admission to all concerts at the Music Stage venue (Hotel Clarks Amer).
  • Buffet Dinner at Hotel Clarks Amer. Dinner will be served at the swimming pool area next to the main stage. (19 22 January 2017).
  • A free Festival tote bag with goodies including the Festival Brochure and Programme.
  • Access to the Delegate Lounge for those wanting to grab complimentary refreshments or take a break from the crowds. Delegates can also purchase meals at the restaurant located within the Lounge.
  • An invite to a Festival Delegates Only session and cocktail evening on 22 January 2017.
  • Admission to two special Festival Fringe events at a heritage monument.
  • Usage of the evening Festival Shuttle Service from the Festival Hub to the Music Stage venue from 19 22 January 2017 at scheduled timings.
How much does it cost to become a Festival Delegate?

The Festival Delegate Package (per person) is:

Early Bird Offer  until 15 October 2016: INR 4500 per day or INR 18000 for 4 or 5 days (+Service Tax of 15% will be levied)

16 October 2016 to 18 January 2017: INR 5000 per day or INR 20000 for 4 or 5 days (+Service Tax of 15% will be levied)

19 January 2017 to 23 January 2017: INR 6000 per day or INR 24000 for 4 or 5 days (+Service Tax of 15% will be levied)

23 January 2017 (only): INR 2500 (+ Service Tax of 15% will be levied)

Service Tax refers to tax collected by the Government of India from service providers for providing certain services.?

In addition to the above, w?e will be ?offering a Diwali/Festival  Offer ?from 16 October until 15 November. This will be INR 4500 per day or INR 18000 for 4 or 5 days (+Service Tax of 15% will be levied) Basically, well be extending the early bird offer but terming it differently. This will not be featured online right now but will be publicized closer to the date only. Do make the necessary changes in backend accordingly when the time comes. Please make a note of it.

Are there any discounts/special benefits if Im a returning participant/delegate?

All Festival Delegates, new and returning, registering for five days can take advantage of our 5 for the Price of 4 offer, where youll only have to pay for four days but can attend the Festival all five days.

Can I pick up my Festival Delegate pass/badge before JLF starts so as to avoid the queues?

Yes, pre-festival registration and collection of badges will take place from 15-18 January 2017 between 10am to 6pm at Diggi Palace, the Festival Hub.

Will I get access to the Authors Lounge if I am a Festival Delegate?

No, a Festival Delegate does not have access to the Authors Lounge. However, there is dedicated Festival Delegate Lounge for those wanting to grab a complimentary refreshment or take a break from the crowds. Delegates can also purchase meals at the restaurant located within the Lounge.

By registering as a Festival Delegate can I become a Speaker at the Festival?

No, a Festival Delegate is not a Festival Speaker.

What is in the Festival Delegate goodie bag?

A person registering as a Festival Delegate will receive an official Festival tote bag with some special surprises, including the Festival Brochure and Programme. The contents of the bag vary from year to year. The tote bag can also be purchased from the Festival Merchandise store should anyone be keen to do so.

Is access to the Music Stage venue included in the Festival Delegate package?

Yes, as a Festival Delegate you will have access to the Music Stage at Hotel Clarks Amer on the day/s that you have registered for.

What is the minimum age to register as a Festival Delegate?

The minimum age to register as a Festival Delegate is 12 years and above.

Can I attend the Writers Ball as a Festival Delegate?

No, invites to the Writers Ball are not included in the Festival Delegate package.

Are Festival Delegate passes transferrable?

Paid registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can I get a refund by returning a Delegate pass?

Paid registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

My payment has gone through but I have not received a confirmation of my purchase. Has my registration been successful?
Kindly contact our Customer Care team and they will assist you.

Are Press registrations separate from Festival Delegate registrations?

Yes, press registrations are for media persons officially representing print, broadcast and electronic media. Press personnel can choose to become Delegates if they are not covering the Festival. Anyone can register as a Delegate. Please view the Festival Delegate page or scroll above for information on benefits, process and fees.

Festival & Programme

Who are the organisers of JLF?

The Festival Directors are Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple and the Festival is produced by Teamwork Arts, which produces over 23 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, South Africa, the United Kingdom, USA and many more. (www.teamworkarts.com).

Is JLF organised anywhere else?

Besides the flagship festival in Jaipur, JLF has editions in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The May edition is held at Londons Southbank Centre and the September edition takes place at Boulder Public Library in Boulder, Colorado.

Where can I check the schedule?

The schedule will be posted on our website on our Programme page. The schedule will be released closer to time of the Festival. A list of attending speakers is released sooner. Do keep checking the website for regular updates. Please note that the programme is subject to change.
How many speakers and artistes are featured at JLF?
The Jaipur Literature Festival features over 250 speakers and over 100 artistes each year.

Can I reserve seats at a session for my friend/family/acquaintance?

No, we do not allow nor encourage reservation of seats at any sessions.
Can I purchase a ticket to the Festival Opening Recepetion/Writers Ball?
No, the Opening Reception and Writers Ball invite is not for sale. It is a By Invitation only event.
Can I get an invite to the Festival Opening Reception/Writers Ball?
No, the guest lists for the Opening Reception and the Writers Ball are pre-determined by the Festival Producers and Directors.

Facilities

Are wheelchair facilities available at JLF?

Yes, a wheelchair facility is available at Festival Hub (Diggi Palace).

Where can I get JLF merchandise?

Festival merchandise can be bought during the Festival from our Merchandise Store at the Festival Hub. We are currently working on our online store so do keep an eye out for updates on this.

Is food available at the venue?

Yes, there are a number of food stalls at the Festival Hub serving a variety of cuisines and beverages for anyone wishing to purchase a snack/meal. For Festival Delegates, meals are included in the package and served in exclusive Author and Delegate areas.

What facilities will I get as a general participant?

Access to what has been dubbed the greatest literary show on Earth! The Jaipur Literature Festival features a programme of riveting debate and discussion, readings and poetry, music and food with some of the worlds finest minds. As a general participant, you will be able to attend the multitude of sessions taking place across the various sub-venues within the Festival Hub, the heritage haveli property, Diggi Palace. Do bear in mind that entry to and seating at sessions is on a first come- first served basis. The Festival also has a number of food stalls and restaurants (with seating) selling a variety of cuisines and beverages. You can also take home memories of the Festival by purchasing a memento from our official merchandise store or your next favourite book from the Festival Book Store.

What facilities/benefits do I get as a Festival Delegate?

An access badge that enables entry to the Festival Hub (Diggi Palace). Entry and seating at session venues is on a first-come basis.
Buffet Lunch at the Festival Hub. The Delegate & Author Lunch Area is located adjacent to the Front Lawns (19 23 January 2017).
Admission to all concerts at the Music Stage venue (Hotel Clarks Amer).
Buffet Dinner at Hotel Clarks Amer. Dinner will be served at the swimming pool area next to the main stage. (19 22 January 2017).
A free Festival tote bag with goodies including the Festival Brochure and Programme.
Access to the Delegate Lounge for those wanting to grab a complimentary refreshment or take a break from the crowds. Delegates can also purchase meals at the restaurant located within the Lounge.
An invite to a Delegates Only session and cocktail evening on 22 January 2017.
Admission to two special Festival Fringe events at a heritage monument.
Usage of the evening Festival Shuttle Service from the Festival Hub to the Music Stage venue from 19 22 January 2017 at scheduled timings.

Jaipur Bookmark (JBM)

What is JBM?

Jaipur BookMark (JBM) is the B2B segment initiative of the Jaipur Literature Festival. It provides a platform for publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers to meet, talk business deals, listen to speakers from across the world and perhaps even sign the occasional contract. JBM 2016 attracted delegations from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, Norway as well as key Indian language publishers.

Music

Is the Music stage at Diggi Palace?

No, the Music Stage venue is at Hotel Clarks Amer, located on JLN Marg in Jaipur.

How much are tickets to the Music Stage events?

The Music Stage tickets vary from year to year and cost between INR 300 to 500 per day. A Season Pass (4 days) will be made available at a discounted rate. Rates for 2017 coming soon!

Registrations

Is it necessary to register?

Yes, registration is required for all attendees, under the category of General (free), Festival Delegate (paid) or Press (accredited). All persons above the age of 12 years must register. Please visit the Registration Page to register.

What are the ways in which I can register?
A person can register online by filling and submitting the form available on the festival website. You may also choose to register on the ground.
Is there a registration fee for general participants?
Online general registrations from 1 June 2016-18 January 2017 will be free. On ground/on the spot registrations: -Free registration and Festival Access Tag collection will take place from 15-18 January 2017, 10am to 6pm. -A registration charge of INR 100 per person will be applied for those registering from 19-23 January 2017, 8am to 6pm. Please note, should you damage or misplace your Access Tag, the registration process will need to be redone and a fee of INR 100 will be charged for replacing the tag.
How can I check if my registration has been successful?
You will receive a confirmation via email and/or SMS. Upon arrival at the Festival Hub, please present the code, email or SMS along with a valid photo ID card at the General Registration Counter to receive your Festival Access Tag, which must be worn at all times for the duration of the Festival.
After registering where can I collect my access tag from?
Upon arrival at the Festival Hub, present your code, email or SMS along with a valid photo ID card at the General Registration Counter to receive your Festival Access Tag, which must be worn for the duration of the entire Festival. Your unique Festival Access Tag may be collected from the Festival Hub (Diggi Palace) at the times/dates stated below: 15 -18 January 2017, 10am to 6pm 19 23 January 2017, 8am to 6pm Please note, should you damage or misplace your Access Tag, the registration process will need to be redone and a fee of INR 100 will be charged for replacing the tag.
What if I damage or misplace my access tag?
The registration process will need to be redone and a fee of INR 100 will be charged for replacing the tag. Do I need to register my child for the Festival? Persons aged 12 years and above must be registered individually. Children under the age of 12 years may enter on the basis of their parents registration. Please carry a valid ID card (or photocopy) of your child.
Can I register my child as a Festival Delegate?
All persons aged 12 years and above must register as a Delegate to enter the Delegates Only areas. Please carry valid photo ID cards of your children if they are accompanying you, irrespective of their age.
What is the minimum age to register as a Festival Delegate?
The minimum age to register as a Festival Delegate is 12 years and above.
Can I register multiple people on a single email address?
Yes, we do make this option available for your convenience.
What facilities/benefits do I get as a Festival Delegate?
  • As well as granting admission to the worlds greatest literary show on Earth, perks include:
  • An access badge that enables entry to the Festival Hub (Diggi Palace). Entry and seating at session venues is on a first-come basis.
  • Buffet Lunch at the Festival Hub. The Delegate & Author Lunch Area is located adjacent to the Front Lawns (19 23 January 2017).
  • Admission to all concerts at the Music Stage venue (Hotel Clarks Amer).
  • Buffet Dinner at Hotel Clarks Amer. Dinner will be served at the swimming pool area next to the main stage. (19 22 January 2017).
  • A free Festival tote bag with goodies including the Festival Brochure and Programme.
  • Access to the Delegate Lounge for those wanting to grab a complimentary refreshment or take a break from the crowds. Delegates can also
  • purchase meals at the restaurant located within the Lounge.
  • An invite to a Delegates Only session and cocktail evening on 22 January 2017.
  • Admission to two special Festival Fringe events at a heritage monument.
  • Usage of the evening Festival Shuttle Service from the Festival Hub to the Music Stage venue from 19 22 January 2017 at scheduled timings.
  • Can I pick up my delegate pass/badge before the festival starts so as to avoid the queue?
  • Pre Festival registration and collection of badges will be between 15 to 18 January 2017, 10am to 6pm from the Festival Hub.
My payment has gone through, but I have not received a confirmation of my purchase. Has my registration been successful?
Kindly contact our Customer Care for further assistance.
Are there any discounts/special benefits if Im a returning participant/delegate?
All Festival Delegates, new and returning, registering for five days can take advantage of our 5 for the Price of 4 offer, where youll only have to pay for four days but can attend the Festival all five days.
Can I do group registrations for my organisation/school/college?
Yes, we do make this option available for your convenience. Please select the corresponding option when filling out the registration form.
What is School Registration/School Days?
School Registrations are exclusively for schools bringing their students to the Festival. In 2017, the 19th, 20th and 23rd January will be allocated as School Days, wherein schools can bring batches of their students accompanied by teachers. All students and schools should pre-register online for free to ensure that you do not have to stand in long queues when you arrive at the Festival Hub. On ground registration will cost INR 100 per person. School groups will not be allowed to visit on the 21st and 22nd January. Individual students with their guardians may attend independently with family and friends. Please Note: All students must carry their school ID cards for security reasons.
What documents do I need to bring to the Festival?
Everyone (including children) is required to carry a valid photo identification of themselves (photocopies will be accepted), their registration code or a printed copy of their registration. Absence of any required documents may result in refusal of entry.

Terms and Conditions

  • All persons above 12 years of age must register to enter the festival.
  • Children under the age of 12 years may entry on the basis of their parents’/guardians’ registration.
  • It is mandatory for all persons (Adult or Child) to carry a valid photo ID card of themselves.
  • A person can register Online by filling and submitting the online registration form or you may choose to register on the ground.
  • The festival access tag must be collected from the registration counter upon arrival at the festival.
  • Please read the below carefully before proceeding to Register. Do also read our T&C’s. (Click here)

PRESS REGISTRATION:

Press registration is exclusively for media persons officially representing print and electronic media houses. Personnel can submit the online form should they wish to become Festival Accredited Press. Our Public Relations team will correspond directly with you once the request is received.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION:

Schools can bring batches of their students accompanied by teachers on 19th, 20th & 23rd January. All students and schools must pre register online for free, to ensure that you do not have to stand in long lines when you come to the venue. More Info

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