ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Writer Residency

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Sayeed has been confirmed as artist in residence for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2018. Sarah is an artist, musician, dancer, and theatre maker, whose work has featured on BBC 1XTRA and the BBC Asian Network. She has also toured across the world, including performances at the Images of Asia Festival, Denmark and the Sydney Festival, Australia.

Nottingham poet and educator Panya Banjoko has also been selected to represent Nottingham for the 2019 festival.

The residency, which is a collaboration between New Art Exchange, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature aims to support a greater diversity of voices and offer local writers the chance to create links with international writers. Sarah will attend the five-day festival in Jaipur, and work with New Art Exchange to produce work based on the theme ‘Looking back, Moving Forwards’

“The theme of the Open Call is ‘Looking back, moving forwards’* synchronising with Britain’s original Mela festival in Nottingham and marking 70 years of Indian independence and partition in 2017.”

Skinder Hundal, CEO, New Art Exchange said “We are delighted to be introducing this new and exciting partnership with one the world's leading literature festivals and working with our prestigious partner Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature to help realise new dreams, ambitions and life changing opportunities for creative writers and thinkers from the region and UK'

 Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature saidThe sheer quality of applications that came through for our first international residency has been outstanding. We are so excited by the winners Sarah Sayeed for 2018 and Panya Banjoko for 2019 and look forward to championing them and their work through this exciting new partnership with New Art Exchange and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

For more information, or if you have any questions please contact

Looking back, moving Forwards is a theme contextualising the seventieth anniversary of the independence of India and its partition into three areas now known as the countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This time in 1947 was a double-edged sword - a time of celebration for some, pain and blood shed for many. In the current post-Brexit climate, where questions are being raised about migration, and the sense of belonging for some is under increasing threat, we ask the question: How have art forms and communities adapted, grown and changed in seventy years? This is an exploration of the pathways and reasoning which has shaped both South Asian and diaspora communities in UK society today. Where have we come from since then, where are we now, and moving firmly and positively forwards – What is our direction now in an inter-connected and inter-cultural world?

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