About Photo Kathmandu

Photo Kathmandu endeavors to create conversations between the city, its public, its past, and its dreams and aspirations. The festival invites photographers and other practitioners who work with the visual medium to Kathmandu to build and showcase projects as exhibitions, projections and various pop-ups, facilitate workshops and exchanges, join a mixed-media residency and participate in other core and collateral programming.

The festival attempts to challenge the limits of ‘artistic intervention’, by constructing platforms and programs that create in-depth engagement with local audiences and special interest groups on themes and topics of socio-political relevance locally. A dynamic arts and education program takes this mission further. The program is run by a group of committed young arts educators who invite Nepali students, teachers, professional networks, and families to engage with the participating artists and projects.

In its third iteration, Photo Kathmandu is launching two new programs; a commission for which artists were selected through an open call, and an incubator program that will bring together young photo and related practitioners to share and discuss work and concerns about their practices.

The festival has grown from a two-week format in its last edition, to a month-long event this year, with one of its key exhibitions being extended for 6 months.

Photo Kathmandu is organized by photo.circle, a platform for photography based in Kathmandu founded in 2007.

Photo Kathmandu takes place from 12 Oct to 16 Nov, with the main programming week happening from 26 Oct to 1 Nov.

Photo Kathmandu is free to the public and ticketless. If you are visiting us from outside Nepal, we encourage you to register here.

***No Bullshit Clause - Code of Conduct***

As you prepare to join us for the festival this year, we ask that you endorse this very important code of conduct clause to ensure a safe, pleasant and fun experience for everyone attending or involved.

Photo Kathmandu is committed to creating a safe and respectful environment for all participants as well as the local community, who host us so graciously.

The festival will NOT tolerate any/all harassment and intimidation of a sexual, physical, verbal, emotional or any other nature based on gender, sexual orientation, age, appearance, marital status, religion, ability or any other excuse at any time of day or night, at any festival gathering including parties. Substances consumed can not be taken as an excuse.

Should the festival be notified of any bullshit, prior to attending, during and after attending the festival, the festival reserves the right to terminate any/all association with you.

Should you be a witness to any bullshit during the festival, we ask that you not be a silent embarrassed by-stander but offer your support to the person needing it in the way they deem safest.

This clause is not meant to offend anyone who does not plan to offend others. And it shall not get in the way of us all having a perfectly wonderful time together.

We look forward to seeing you in Kathmandu!