Arts And Imphal is an upcoming international contemporary arts festival at Imphal, Manipur. It is a platform to facilitate exchange and critical dialogues in society, making art accessible and sustainable for a connected and constructive community.

Towards realising these objectives, the first edition of the festival will be organised in the winter of 2019. It will feature international and national artists/performers of different mediums and genres with a spotlight on Manipur and neighbouring Northeastern states. The stage will be shared by different art forms like contemporary dance, visual art, sound art, theatre, installation, video art, photography, literature, films etc. in a series of performances, exhibitions, artists’ talks, publications, workshops, readings, panel discussions, and other events. The festival aims to explore, nurture and showcase critical contemporary art practices while encouraging study on traditional/concurrent practices which inform them.

The run-up to the festival, starting October 2018, will be dotted with many pre-festival events that will set the stage for 2019 as well as aid us in cultivating and articulating our vision for the festival by extensive interactions with the community.


The team making it happen:
Beeshantam Yumnam is an illustrator and mime-artist. He also runs a bookshop + cafe + art space outfit in Imphal / Korou Khundrakpam is a contemporary visual artist and co-founder of Amasoong, an arts initiative based in Imphal / Kundo Yumnam is an Imphal based art practitioner. She co-founded Amasoong / Rahul Laishram (MoMO) is the co-founder of OOKABI, a design consultancy based in Imphal. He works as an illustrator, animator and graphic designer besides organising art and design related events / Surjit Nongmeikapam is an award-winning choreographer, performer, and movement teacher. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Nachom Arts Foundation, Imphal / Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam (Tomba) is a freelance production manager working in the field of arts and culture industry. He has worked with several National and International organizations, and also works as a filler performance artist.


Imphal is the capital of Manipur, an erstwhile sovereign kingdom of Southeast Asia which merged with the Indian Union after both gained independence from British Rule. Manipur is now one of the eight States making up the Northeast of India. Imphal is a small burgeoning city which has been developing steadily in the past decade and is increasingly getting acquainted with the idea of urbanity and the complications it entails.

Founding Partners: