A magical weekend: Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival is back

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Dates: November 19th and 20th (Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Art District, Alembic City, Vadodara
Timing: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM

33 Speakers | 57 sessions | Unlimited Fun

Storytelling, Workshops, Books, and Art & Craft for 4–14-year-olds

As the world heads towards normalcy, the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival is geared up to come back to Vadodara on Nov 19th and 20th, 2022 and make young humans fall in love with books and stories.

The annual Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, organised by the Bookaroo Trust, aspires to connect children with the world of imagination through books and storytelling in an exciting manner. Started off in 2008 as a solo edition in New Delhi, the festival has spread its cheer in 17 cities across 38 editions.

The second edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival in Vadodara – and the 39th overall – will take place at the Art District, Alembic City.

Says Krupa Amin, founder, Space Studio, Alembic City: “Alembic City is thrilled to host, for the second time, the beloved children’s festival Bookaroo in Vadodara! It is with absolute pleasure that we support and invite the incredible authors, children, and audiences to this year’s Vadodara edition which will take place across multiple spaces indoors and outdoors, on the 19th and 20th of November. We look forward to another successful edition of the festival that promises a fulfilling and engaging experience for children and their families in the city!”

This year, Bookaroo Vadodara brings along 33 speakers with 57 sessions and will host international speakers for the first time this year.

Mariona Cabassa, who is a Spanish illustrator, has illustrated over 80 books while the Portuguese duo, Nic and Inês, apart from publishing several books in their unique studio conduct art workshops all over the world. They, along with other authors  will share the joy of books through storytelling, art workshops, craft, writing events and more. This is a perfect opportunity for young folks from 4-14 age to come, interact with the authors and illustrators and immerse themselves in creativity.

“It is with a sense of relief and joy that we welcome Bookaroo’s first foray outside Delhi in three years, post the pandemic. This edition in Vadodara has a great mix of Indian and international speakers,” says Swati Roy, Festival Director, adding, “we would like to thank our partners in Vadodara, Alembic City – and Krupa and Udit in particular – for backing us without hesitation.”

The speakers in Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, Vadodara are:

  • Authors Abhishek Talwar, Lubaina Bandukwala, Nalini Ramachandran, Nandita da Cunha, Shabnam Minwalla, Yuti Jhaveri and illustrators Lavanya Karthik,  Likla and Kripa from Mumbai
  • Champa Saha and Preethi Menon, Priya Kuriyan, Mala Kumar, Menaka Raman, Shalini Satish and Raam Baranidharan, Priyankar Gupta and Sudha Madhavan from Bangalore
  • Illustrators Tithee Dixit and Kavya Gokhale, authors Varsha Seshan and Pervin Saket from Pune
  • Unnati Shah (storyteller) from Ahmedabad and Sandeep Virmani (author) from Kutch
  • Rohini Vij from Kanpur, Shruti Hemani from Jaipur, Arthi Anand Navaneeth from Chennai, Pratika Gupta from Bhopal and Seema Wahi Mukherjee from Gurgaon
  • Illustrator Mariona Cabassa from Spain, Nic and Ines (artists and authors) from Portugal

With the return to a new normal, Bookaroo believes in giving wounds some room to heal. The two-day-long ongoing session ‘Healing Wall’ aims to use art as a medium of expression and create a space for children to release their feelings. Whatever wounds, be it being cooped up in their homes or dreading their homework, the ‘Healing Wall’ will be all ears!

Apart from the festival bookstore, Eureka!, that will stock all the participating authors’ and illustrators’ books, Bookaroo Vadodara will also be home to a display of noteworthy, carefully curated children’s titles that are on the Parag Honour List, an initiative of Tata Trusts. Children can buy and have their books signed by the participating authors.

Sharing the vision of promoting reading for pleasure, Bookaroo’s programme will engage children in sessions of dramatic storytelling, writing and illustration workshops, sessions encompassing both fiction and non-fiction.

Looking back at the turnout in 2019, Bookaroo’s first edition in Vadodara, this time promises more excitement.

For more information about the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, please write to info@bookaroo.in or Whatsapp to 9810054525.


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