Delhi 2017

PARKING ADVISORY

As the India Gate circle is a high-security zone, all cars will have to be parked in Bhairon Road parking lot or on official parking lots around India Gate, not in the circle. Please try and use public transport, Uber or Ola to come to the venue.  Nearest metro stations are Central Secretariat and Barakhamba Road.

Join in the biggest birthday party of the year for children!

Bookaroo, India’s first children’s literature festival, will be celebrating its 10th birthday on the 25th and 26th November from 10.30am to 5.30pm at Children’s Park (near India Gate).

The celebrations have already started with 10 walls around the city being painted with illustrations from children’s books.

Come and meet over 50 award-winning writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, including 18 from outside India. Enjoy Delhi’s first Ski Slalom, a Story Mountain, the original Oranginus Tragonus Transmuter, an Indian Beach and an Upside Down Forest, two duelling illustrators competing in the Battle of the Brushes and history in a bowl of paneer makhani.

Be ready for fun and games galore with stories and books in all forms, shapes and sizes – and a very special cake of course!

Entry is free and open to all. There is no pre-registration.

 

Jaipur 2017

Jaipur, here we come again!

 

It is going to be Bookaroo time again in Jawahar Kala Kendra.

On November 18th and 19th, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will once again play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, drama and much, much more.

Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. This year, Bookaroo has speakers from four other countries – Portugal, Australia, Poland and the UK.  Add to this a mind-boggling assortment of Indian stories and you get a tantalising taste of what is to come.

The sessions will be conducted in Hindi and English. On the weekend of November 18th and 19th, you know where you have to be

Timing: 11am to 430 pm

Check out the line-up of speakers who are going to keep you in thrall.

 

 

Srinagar 2017

 

It has been four long years but we are back at the place we love.

The dates: October 7th and 8th, 2017
The venue: DPS Srinagar

 

Bengaluru 2017

After 22 editions – in the North, West, East of India and one in faraway Malaysia – and one international award under its belt, Bookaroo decided to look to the south of India.

There is a little story behind this. When the Bangalore-based Funky Rainbow‘s spunky co-founders Greystroke a.k.a. Shyam Madhavan Sarada and Vidya Mani  visited Delhi sometime early this year, we happened to be chatting in our office. Thinking aloud, we were wondering how it would be to go south.

“Bangalore,” they said in unison, adding persuasively, “If you want to go south, start with Bangalore.” Their arguments seemed to make perfect sense. It was an early March eight-in-the-night snap decision. Funky Rainbow’s third partner Muthamma B Devaya was around somewhere in Delhi while this momentous decision was being arrived at.

One thing led to another and here we are, five months down the line with a new city on the Bookaroo map. On September 2nd and 3rd, Bookaroo’s will touch down in the charming city of Bengaluru (to give the city its rightful name).

Funky Rainbow is a travelling children’s bookshop that carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). What could be a better fit?

And the venue? Bookaroo’s home in Bengaluru will be the sprawling Freedom Park with its awe-inspiring history. We hope Bookaroo in Bengaluru becomes as loved as it is in the other cities it has visited. Take a look at the fantastic line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers you will meet in Bookaroo Bengaluru.

VENUE: Freedom Park, Seshadri Road
TIMINGS: 11:00 hours to 16:30 hours
DATE: September 2-3, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)
PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

See you there!

Jo Williams, Swati Roy & M Venkatesh

Kuching 2017

We are back in Kuching fresh from winning the International Excellence Award at the London Book Fair! Pustaka Negeri, the Sarawak State Library, is all set to experience a magical third edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival.

Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, a major information resource centre and hub of information services throughout Malaysia,  also provides a gateway into and from publicly accessible international information centres.

Set within a vast park that covers the State Mosque and the Minaret Gardens on the western side, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak has the perfect atmosphere for a children’s literature festival like Pustaka Bookaroo.

Pustaka Negeri has been a major stopover in Bookaroo’s mission  of bringing children and books together in a borderless world. Check out the fantastic spread of sessions and take a look at this year’s line-up of speakers.

Don’t miss the dates – April 22 and 23rd 2017.

For  enquiries, please write to: Japri Bujang Masli or Razak Rambili at 082-442000 ext 103 /348 or email: japribm@sarawak.gov.my or razakr@sarawak.gov.my

Delhi 2016

Welcome to Bookaroo 2016

Celebrating what is the 21st edition of Bookaroo in the eighth year is a heady moment for us. In what has been a sometimes bumpy but mostly exhilarating ride, we are grateful for the support we have received from publishers, arts councils, corporate sponsors, the media, speakers, friends and most of all from the young visitors and their parents who have made the festival what it is.

This year, we are back in our favourite venue, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Continuing with the special state focus, we bring you some of the best of  children’s literature in Marathi. Also on show is an exhibition of original artwork from children’s books  published by Children’s Book Trust and displayed in public for the first time.

Savour a literary Smorgasbord of scrumptious storytelling, delicious doodling, tangy tales, spicy stories and cool crafts.  52 speakers, 102 sessions and 11 venues – there is something for everyone. It can’t get more exciting than this.

None of this would have been possible without our enthusiastic bunch of volunteers who make every Bookaroo tick over smoothly. Whether it is Delhi, Pune, Goa, Kuching, Ahmedabad, Jaipur or Kolkata, it is they who keep the Bookaroo flag flying high. You will meet them as they smilingly help you navigate your way around the grounds.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kolkata 2016

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Although the cyclone and rain played spoilsport, Bookaroo in Kolkata went ahead with all the excitement. The show had to go on and our speakers rose to the occasion magnificently. Squelching through waterlogged paths to their respective sub-venues, they made sure that even a single child who dropped in did not go back disappointed.

We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts. The Indian Museum too made it an occasion to remember.

Jaipur 2016

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The Pink City. The city of forts and palaces. Jaipur does not need an introduction at all. As Bookaroo returns from Kuching, Malaysia, straight into Jaipur for its first edition in the city, a wonderful venue awaits India’s best-loved children’s literature festival.

On April 30 and May 1, 2016, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, Dream Jars and much, much more.

Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. The multi arts centre, designed by Charles Correa, is inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open. JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called Vastu Vidya.

With Bookaroo making its home in the centre for two days, the children of Jaipur are in for a double treat.

Watch this space!

 

Kuching 2016

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We are back with Bookaroo at one of our favourite venues – Pustaka Negeri, the Sarawak State Library.

Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is conceived as a major information resource centre and as the hub of information services for the public and private sectors throughout Malaysia. It  also provides a gateway into and from publicly accessible international information centres.

Set within a vast park that covers the State Mosque and the Minaret Gardens on the western side, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak has the perfect atmosphere for a children’s literature festival like Pustaka Bookaroo.

The park includes a lake, areas for public performances and art exhibitions, a playground, picnic areas, a scenic drive, pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes strewn with trees, shrubs and flower gardens.

Bookaroo’s mission is to bring children and books together in a borderless world.

For  enquiries, please write to:

Japri Bujang Masli or Razak Rambili at 082-442000 ext 103 /348 or

email: japribm@sarawak.gov.my or razakr@sarawak.gov.my

Ahmedabad 2016

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Amdavad, here we come. February 13th and 14th are the two days when Bookaroo will make its first tryst with the city and its children.

We promise to make the weekend an unforgettable one as the festival gets ready for its home in Ahmedabad – the iconic Mill Owners’ Building on Ashram Road. In a historic city, Bookaroo will have a venue that has a lot of character and history around it. We couldn’t have found a better place than the open house-palace engineered by the Swiss-French master architect Le Corbusier way back in the 1950s.