As an artist-initiated organisation, the Kochi Biennale Foundation was founded on the conviction that art is essential in society.

The Kochi Biennale Foundation oversees a comprehensive Programmes division that designs and organises critical education and outreach initiatives throughout the year. These programmes include talks, conferences, performances, educational interventions, workshops, and other forms of wide public engagement. Some of our regular programmes are outlined below.

An International platform to showcase works of BFA and MFA students from government arts institutions across India.

India’s first art event dedicated to children’s artworks, produced during workshops conducted in 100 schools across Kerala.

Talks and seminars by a range of exceptional people, including the Biennale’s participant artists, historians, writers, curators, and activists.

An Initiative supported by Tata Trusts, KBF Video Lab is a space for experimentation and research through innovative video projects on contemporary art, artists and art practices.

A curated film festival showcasing diverse genre and formats of moving images ; includes talks and workshops.

An international residency programme for artists working across various media.

The weekly Art & Medicine programme organises performances by music artists from around Kerala at the General Hospital in Ernakulam in order to promote a healing environment at the hospital.

The music programme of the Kochi Biennale Foundation presents traditional musicians and contemporary performers, together with arranging spaces for large concerts, as well as informal jamming sessions.