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Jaipur Literature Festival Goes Virtual Due To Covid

14th Edition of Jaipur Literature Festival will embrace a shift with specially curated virtual experiences of the Pink City and will feature an online program this year that spreads over two extended weekends between 19-21 February and 26-28 February 2021

The 14th Edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will embrace a paradigm shift with specially curated virtual experiences that shall have a look and feel of the Pink City, said Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamworks and the man behind organizing the show who was in Jaipur recently.

Speaking to IANS, he said, “We are shooting the opening of every episode from Diggi Palace. The viewers shall pass on from the Front Lawn and Darbar Lawn of Diggi Palace while viewing the show to feel the connection with the Pink City. We are shooting in Amer, at Patrika Gate, a renowned spot of Jaipur and other such venues of the city to convey the message to our viewers that they are not watching a zoom box, but we are taking them out of the zoom box.”

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With the new idea in mind, the organizers have made sure that when the audience comes to the festival, they enter the Front Lawn in 3D form as it has been designed in the same manner when they used to enter in the physical event.

Roy said that the Covid pandemic has brought in newer equations in the world and the scope has hence changed a lot. The new normal has allowed us to do many things that earlier were inaccessible. We shall have Microsoft founder Bill Gates, international celebrity Priyanka Chopra, and many other spectra of people this time who was inaccessible most of the time due to various reasons.

So we can say if we have lost due to pandemic, we have gained too, he added.

Speaking on the next year’s plan, Roy said, “In 2022, we can’t go back and say that JLF 2022 shall be a physical event. It will have to be a virtual as well as a physical event. We have built a new audience and this new audience needs to have a look and feel of Jaipur. Therefore, we have decided to shoot the opening of every episode from Diggi Palace and other places of the Pink City.”

Virtual feel of the city to enhance participant experience. Pixabay

Roy further said that he wanted to continue the free flow of knowledge, literature, and information beyond boundaries even during pandemics in the same way as there has been so much exchange of scientific knowledge happening between countries.

He said, “We took the challenges that came our way in doing so as an opportunity. We decided on a virtual event and eventually, our viewership has jumped many times as compared to our physical events. Even our reach has increased. Earlier, our international markets were the UK, the US, Canada among others. However, now, our third-highest international viewership is coming from Germany. In Diggi Palace, Germany had never registered with us and we have never spent money on marketing there. Our viewership also stands high in Poland, Sweden and Norway.”.

“When we started, we ensured that our reach should include the young people as they can bring in change. Now, we have many international schools worldwide registering with us which makes it easier for us to reach our goals,” he added.

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The Jaipur Literature Festival will feature an online program this year that spreads over two extended weekends between 19-21 February and 26-28 February 2021.

The live virtual sessions will showcase a plethora of themes and writers curated specially for audiences across the world who will be offered an immersive experience that will recreate the magic of the original literary extravaganza with augmented reality and virtual venues replete with a bookstore, a bazaar featuring traditionally handcrafted goodies, and various engagement zones. (IANS)



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