City Scripts 2018 | Delhi
9 – 11 Mar, 2018
City writing has gained popularity in the mainstream space in India over the last two decades across various genres. Aman Sethi’s A Free Man, Naresh Fernandes’ City Adrift and Vivek Shanbhag’s Ooru Bhanga are some examples of narratives that archive the moments, people and practices that make and unmake a city over the years. With the city increasingly becoming the locus of a complex landscape of claims, writing about the city has become akin to a political act. To write about the city is to stake a right to represent, re-imagine and re-tell a city’s stories through personal prisms.
With a commitment to catalysing discourse around urban issues in the global south, IIHS envisaged CityScripts – a three-day celebration of city writings. Since 2016, the festival has brought together eminent authors, journalists, architects, poets, artists and others, and centre-staged writing of various kinds through conversations, readings, panel discussions and workshops. City Scripts 2018 will build on these conversations through different modes of engagement including masterclasses, walks, poetry sessions, live art and installations, panel discussions and workshops.
The first edition of City Scripts–Delhi was held at the India International Centre (IIC) Annexe and the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in March 2017. The three-day festival hosted a series of readings, conversations and moderated panel discussions around a range of themes including poetry, violence, cinema, masculinities, reportage and walking in the city. Noted panelists included Ravish Kumar, Kiran Nagarkar, Shahid Amin, Sachin Ketkar and Monalisa Changkija, among several others.
This year, the festival is slated for March 9-11th at the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi. We take form as a critical lens— from fiction, newspapers, new media, academic and research writing, to music, film and art—and talk about how they frame/inform urban discourses in specific ways. We focus on context, the power dynamics between the writer and reader, and how the medium and message speak to each other and to people at large.
The festival will include masterclasses, walking/writing workshops, poetry sessions, readings and more.