Gender Bender
Bengaluru, Karnataka

Gender Bender

Gender Bender

Gender Bender, launched in 2015, is a multiarts festival that celebrates questions and fresh perspectives on gender in order to generate positive change and increase empathy in society.

Each year, the festival invites applications from artists and individuals worldwide for the creation of works that play with innovative ideas around issues of gender, cutting across dance, theatre, performance art and more. An independent panel subsequently shortlists projects and award a trigger grant. Most of these works have gone on to have a vibrant post-festival life.

A number of prominent activists, filmmakers and writers have been part of the festival over the years including, Aarthi Parthasarathy, Gautam Bhan, Kalki Subramaniam, Nadika Nadja, Nisha Susan, Paromita Vohra, Saba Dewan, Urvashi Butalia and Vijeta Kumar. The festival was staged online in 2020 and 2021.

Over the last nine years Gender Bender has evolved into an arts festival that makes space for all things gender by curating and programming everything from stand-up comedy, dance, music and literature to panel discussions and technology as part of the festival.

The ninth edition of Gender Bender will take place in December 2023 with a programme comprising music, dance, theatre, film, podcasts, art works and installations to pop-up library, Karaoke bar, photo booth, talks, discussions and workshops.

Gender Bender 2023 Grantees whose work will be showcased at the festival on 9th and 10th December are: Inner Rhymes, Bengaluru; The Pomelo, Darjeeling; Mohd Intiyaz, New Delhi; Shonottra Kumar, Mumbai; Soumya Mishra, Bhubaneswar; Rajiv Bera, Goa; Shradha Raj, Bengaluru; Akramul Hijra, Dhaka; Santoshpur Anuchintan, Kolkata; Mavelinadu Collective, Thane.

See the 2022 event list here.

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Festival Schedule


Artist lineup

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 Bangalore, which includes Mysore express from Chennai, Karnataka Express from Delhi, and Udyan express from Mumbai, which covers many major cities in between.

3. By Road: The city is connected 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 of South India.

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  • Free drinking water
  • Gendered toilets
  • Parking facilities
  • Seating


  • Wheelchair access

Items & Accessories to Carry

1. Woolens. Bengaluru during December is pleasantly cold, with temperatures ranging from 15°C-25°C.

2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.

3. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).

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

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