Today and upcoming festivals of Media, Literature and Print Industry

Wan-Ifra starts today

Kerala Litfest 2020 Photo KLF | festivals
Kerala Litfest 2019 Photo KLF

29 November to 2 December 2021, the Wan Ifra World News Media Congress starts, digs into the innovation, product development, and difficult decisions that support the world’s news offering every day. It is the people, their difficulties, and organizational accomplishments that ensure the survival of journalism. It’s all about sharing ideas, becoming inspired, and encouraging one another. The 2021 Congress brings together the core communities of Wan-Ifra for four days of concentrated conversation. Whether it’s editorial, income, press freedom, innovation, digital publishing, print, or media growth and diversity, we’ve got you covered.

Jaipur Literature Festival – will be held in Pink City

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 at Jaipur city. photo JLF

The renowned annual Jaipur Literature Festival, Friday, 28 January 2022 – Tuesday, 1 February 2022, will return to its beloved heartland of Jaipur in a hybrid incarnation with both on-ground splendour and a clever virtual presence. The hybrid version will allow a bigger audience to enjoy the Festival’s contents, reaching out to book lovers from all over the world. This Festival has never been a more rich feast of reading, dialogue, and companionship.

Festival on the Beach

The Sixth Edition of KLF, 20 to 23 January 2022, marks the community’s reunion after a year of virtual existence, hence the theme “Come Together.” This year’s Festival will be a hybrid event, with 70 percent of the sessions taking place in person and the other 30 percent taking place virtually over four days and four tracks simultaneously.

Kerala Lit Fest is the continent’s second-largest cultural event and the fastest-growing literature festival. Set along the Arabian Sea’s beaches in Calicut, KLF caters to people of all ages and interests, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, amusement, and conversation. Every year, the Festival brings together the greatest of the social, cultural, and literary sectors for talks spanning literature, art, media, society, the environment, science, and technology. Literature on the Beach is an unforgettable experience. Cultural events at KLF include fireside conversations with a slew of the world’s finest entertainers and performing artists. From Carnatic concerts to progressive rock bands, Kihote kathakali to classical and Flamenco dance performances, puppet shows, and theatre, the entertainment quotient at KLF is constantly at an all-time high.

Printpack India in 2022 at Greater Noida

Friday, 11 March 2022 – Tuesday, 15 March 2022, Printpack India will take place over five days at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida, India. In-Press, Post-Press, Finishing, Converting, Digital & Signage and Packaging Machines, Packaging Materials, Printing & Publishing, Paper and Paper Products, Logistics & Transportation Industries, and related products will be on display at the event.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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