The eighth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, ended on a high today as the festival announced 2,45,000 recorded footfalls over the five days – a record number for the Festival, which is completely free and open to all. The Festival has seen a doubling of international visitors from 50 difference countries, and a 40 per cent increase in students attending the festival held at Diggi Palace.
This year the Festival welcomed just over 300 authors (up from 240 in 2014), and 140 musicians. They participated in 209 sessions across 10 venues, including two new locations Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal. The Festival furthered its mission of making literature accessible to all by taking authors to schools in Jaipur, with 50 sessions taking place over two weeks in partnership with Pratham Books.