City Scripts – An Urban Writings Festival
Bengaluru, Karnataka

City Scripts – An Urban Writings Festival

City Scripts – An Urban Writings Festival

City Scripts – An Urban Writings Festival is a three-day celebration of writings that “bring alive the city” as seen through myriad lenses. The annual festival, organised by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, is held in Bengaluru every year. It occasionally takes place in New Delhi, where it was conducted from 2017 to 2019. Since its launch in 2016, City Scripts has brought together eminent authors, journalists, architects, poets, artists and others, for a series of readings, conversations, panel discussions and workshops.

Over its seven editions so far, City Scripts – An Urban Writings Festival has featured such eminent names as K. Satchidanandan, Manoranjan Byapari, Harsh Mander, Paranjoy Guha-Thakurta, Mukul Kesavan, C. K. Meena, Rohini Nilekani, Arshia Sattar, Vivek Shanbhag, Lawrence Liang and Rana Ayyub. A virtual instalment of the festival was held in 2021. The last edition of the festival included panel discussions on documenting Bahujan voices, mental health, climate fiction, long-form journalism, how sports shape a city’s culture, and fostering animal-friendly cities.

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Festival Schedule

How to Get There

How to Reach Bengaluru

1. By Air: You can reach Bengaluru via air at Bengaluru International Airport, which is located at a distance of 40 km from the city.

2. By Rail: Bengaluru Railway Station is located in the heart of the city. Various trains from all over India come to Bengaluru, including the Mysore Express from Chennai, Karnataka Express from New Delhi and Udyan Express from Mumbai, which cover many major cities in between.

3. By Road: Bengaluru is connected to various other cities via major national highways. Buses from neighbouring states run on a regular basis to Bengaluru, and Bengaluru Bus Stand also runs various buses to major cities in South India.

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  • Family-friendly
  • Free drinking water
  • Gendered toilets
  • Parking facilities

Items & Accessories to Carry

1. An umbrella and rainwear. It often rains in Bengaluru during April and May.

2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.

3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate at the things you should keep handy.

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Contact Details
Phone No 080 67606666
Address No. 197/36 Second Main Road
Bengaluru 560080


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