Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
When the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, one of the largest literary festivals in the world, looked to expand the festival from India to other global locales, the festival organizers easily landed on Boulder, Colorado. A forward-thinking university town that's surrounded by natural beauty, they believed a "festival of ideas" would be right at home here. And they were right!
Now in its third year in Boulder, this free, three-day gathering of readers and writers has drawn international acclaim for celebrating literature across the globe and bringing folks together in a beautiful setting where they can truly unplug from the everyday.
Why not make a delightful fall weekend of it, with mind-opening discussion, outdoor exploration and great food in what's been called "America's Foodiest Town"? Zee JLF's special weekend packages let you do just that and include two nights' lodging, airport transfer, admission to the opening reception at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse (including dinner and drinks), two lunches, a festival bag, and a special "Hike and Hang" opportunity to take a nature walk with authors in the Boulder's famed Chautauqua Park at the foot of the Flatirons. The Friend of the Festival package also offers perks without the overnight accommodations, learn more here.
Included in the 70 or so authors in attendance will be Vikas Swarup, whose novel went on to become the smash-hit film “Slumdog Millionaire”; Christina Lamb, author of ”The Africa House” and ”I Am Malala," co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai; and local poet Anne Waldman, who co-founded Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
During Zee JLF at Boulder, which takes place at the Boulder Public Library, visitors can enjoy some 40 sessions — talks, readings, musical performances and writing workshops as part of the free festival.
Each year, a number of themes are explored. The topics at Zee JLF at Boulder 2017 will include migration, U.S. gun culture, nature and the environment, Native American rights, yoga and meditation, outdoor adventure, feminism, constitutions and LGBT, Latino, African American and Native American voices.
A full program of workshops with internationally renowned authors, actors, and musicians for children and families will also be offered each day. Don't miss:
• Henna History and Design — Hear a brief history of the practice of henna art, then have a design drawn on your skin with henna paste. Suitable for ages 10–18.
• Odissi Dance-Swagata Banerjee — The artistic director and founder of Moksha Academy of Odissi Dance will share her expertise. Watch a short performance of this ancient Indian classical dance and then learn some of the traditional movements. Suitable for families of all ages.
• Flights of Fancy: Public Works Puppet Theater – Using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome, Flight of Fancy spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for families of all ages.
While the festival activities are free to all members of the community, attendees must register ahead of time as participants. (Pre-registration helps with estimating attendance numbers for venues.)
For more information and the festival schedule, visit Zee JLF at Boulder’s website.