JLF Houston Returns for Fifth Annual Literature Festival at Asia Society Texas
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HOUSTON, September 14, 2022 – Following two years of virtual programming, the fifth annual JLF Houston literature festival returned to Asia Society Texas to present two days of thought-provoking panels, music performances, and author signings.
The festival — a partnership of Teamwork Arts, Asia Society Texas, and Inprint — brought together internationally acclaimed authors and speakers with local writers. “The role of literature and the arts is to open minds and engage people in dialogue and discussion,” said Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director at Teamwork Arts.
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JLF Houston commenced on Friday, September 9, with a talk at Pondicheri Restaurant with chef Anita Jaisinghani, followed by the opening ceremony at Asia Society Texas in the evening, consisting of a session of music and remembrance with Reba Som, a panel discussion on geopolitics, and an opening dinner sponsored by the University of Houston and featuring the music of Riyaaz Qawwali. The Saturday program began with a meditative morning music session by Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas. Covering topics including mathematics, the environment, poetry, and photography, the following seven panels featured writers, poets, and artists including Roberto Tejada, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Manil Suri, and Varsha Bajaj.
Founded in 2006 in the Indian city of Jaipur, the Jaipur Literature Festival has hosted nearly 2,000 speakers in more than 40 cities globally in the past decade to fulfill its mission to serve as a beacon of free speech around the world. Other U.S. host cities include New York and Boulder, Colorado.
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Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.