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21 Aug 2019 24 Aug 2019



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org
Gender Bender is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective. The project is conceived, conceptualised, and curated by Sandbox Collective.


Age: 14+

Gender Bender is an arts festival that showcases diverse kinds of art around gender, sexuality and identity. These range from installations, music, and documentaries to interactive art experiences. Every year, artists all over the world are invited to apply for a trigger grant with new ideas for  projects on gender. 10 applicants to whom the grant is awarded showcase their work, or a segment of it, at the festival.

In addition to showcasing the work of grantees, this year’s festival includes an exciting range of curated displays, performances, and talks. There are photography exhibits, lecture-demonstrations, a stand-up show, Feminist and Queer pop up libraries, a talk on women in comics, a workshop on zine making and much, much more.

Gender Bender 2019 promises to be a colourful, exciting and celebratory exploration of gender and art.


21 Aug | 7:30m | Inaugural Act: Gender BenderWho You Callin’ A Lady? | An evening with stand-up comedian Vasu Primlani

22 Aug | 12:00 onwards | Opening of Grantee Showcase 

22 Aug | 6:00pm-7:00pm | Women in Comics: A Talk by Kadak Collective 

22 Aug | 7:30pm | In Search of Umrao: Exploring Desires and Destinies

23 Aug | 11:00am-5:00pm | Zine Workshop with Kadak Collective 

23 Aug | 6:00pm | Talk on Feminist Literature

23 Aug | 6:30pm | Shuddh Digital Romance

23 Aug | 9:00pm | Raqs-e-Bender: An Evening of Fluid Movement with Eshan Hilal

24 Aug | 6:00pm |Talk on Queer Literature

24 Aug | 7:30pm | Movie Screening: Body Electric

View the full schedule here

View Brochure here

About Sandbox Collective 

Sandbox Collective is a creative services organisation that curates, produces and tours performances. It acts as a catalyst facilitating meaningful collaborations nationally and internationally between artists, cultural agencies and arts spaces creating an explosion of innovative artistic expression.

About The Goethe-Institut:

The Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore was founded in 1960 with the objectives of promoting the German language, fostering intercultural exchange and supporting local art initiatives and engaging with civic and urban issues.