Opportunities at Attakkalari

Attakkalari is seeking an exceptional Arts Manager to build sustainable partnerships and work towards developing projects and programmes to meet the overall strategic objectives of the organisation..

Job Title: Manager – Festivals and Partnerships




Bengaluru, India

Purpose of the job


The job holder is expected to manage the Attakkalari India Biennial Festival and  allied activities; identify avenues for growth and potential partners as well as cultivate new funding sources and sustain the existing ones.

Main opportunities/challenges

  1. Manage Attakkalari India Biennial and other related projects. (Attakkalari India Biennial usually held biannually over 10 days in multiple venues across Bengaluru, India with satellite events apart from main-stage performances by highly reputed dance companies from around the world - To check previous editions visit - The next edition of the festival is planned as a hybrid event from April to June 2021.
  2. Develop national and international partnerships, fundraise for the project as well as research, cultivate and develop new sources of funding
  3. Develop co-creation arrangements of production and programmes with international cultural agencies, national funding partners, corporate establishments, artists and choreographers from India and abroad.

Main responsibilities


Production and dissemination

Responsibilities include leading the production and dissemination of works of the national and international co-productions involving Attakkalari Culture Port (a digital hub for hybrid arts events) and Incubation Centre for Arts and Media (ICAM) at Attakkalari, Attakkalari Dance Company and Attakkalari India Biennial (South Asia’s largest and most important festival of contemporary dance)

Working alongside the Artistic Director, in charge of the programme development of the organization, ensuring strategic financial planning and gaining the maximum visibility for the organisation at national and international levels.

Raising Funds and Developing Partnerships

The selected person is responsible to lead a result-oriented fundraising strategy to ensure the projects can run smoothly as planned. Responsible for writing proposals to secure private and public funding from national and international cultural and philanthropic bodies and government agencies; managing those relationships, reporting on outcomes, and diligently researching new opportunities for funding. The person in the role will work closely with the Director and Program Heads to drive fundraising activities as well as cultivate and strengthen partnership opportunities

In charge of the programme development of the organization, ensuring strategic financial planning and gaining the maximum visibility for the organisation at national and international levels.

Financial management

  • The person should have knowledge of drawing budgets and conducting financial analysis for projects
  • Planning and successful management of new grant applications
  • Have a very strong understanding of financial reporting, managing costs and expenses and identifying ways of closing financial gaps through practical on the ground solutions
  • Ability to interpret internal financial planning and reporting systems as well as demonstrable capacity in reporting of data accurately across various meetings and focus groups

Stakeholder relationship and people management.

  • Keep a well-defined relationship with existing and prospective partners, partner-funders and collaborators to ensure sustainability
  • Work on a well-defined plan with internal stakeholders and colleagues to reach the targets set out to the post holder
  • Work with the Attakkalari Resources team to ensure financial compliances and risk management as per the organisations business policies and the person should have the ability to foresee business risks. host the ability to foresee business risks

Monitoring and Evaluation

    Work with internal teams to integrate evaluation metrics across all projects and programme verticals and host the ability to report and implement them clearly

Applicant’s competencies – will be used for shortlisting and the interview

  1. Minimum 3 years of work experience in Arts Management/ Entertainment Industry / Development sector / Fundraising in India or abroad
  2. Candidates must have the initiative, independent decision-making capabilities, creativity, leadership qualities and entrepreneurial flair to work in this position.
  3. Has hands-on experience in large-scale programme initiatives
  4. Has experience in fundraising and ensured business growth of organisations/departments with measurable evidence
  5. Experience of partnership and stakeholder management across large-scale projects and programmes
  6. Hands-on experience of project and financial management of large-scale arts projects.
  7. Robust working knowledge of financial management, budgeting, financial reporting of projects and programmes
  8. Experience of working across diverse teams with effective goals being generated and known to be a team player
  9. Writes and communicates clearly and holds thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite programmes, digital and digital marketing tools and controls

HR information

Shortlisting and Interview
In-station candidates shortlisted for the interview will be notified by HR of their face-to-face meeting
Outstation candidates shortlisted for the interview will be invited for a telephonic or Skype interview

Commitment timeline is at least 2 years with a probation period of 3 months.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, skills and capabilities.

Last date of submitting application

Friday, 15th January 2021



Attakkalari has opportunities for people in Bangalore and elsewhere, who are interested to learn a new trade, gain experience and be part of a committed team in delivering many exciting projects. You should be adventurous, a team player and always ready to learn and try out new things. It offers the opportunity to work in various contexts with several artists, professionals from other disciplines, and national and international organizations broadening your horizon.

For further details of the job opportunities and to register your name please contact

Raising Funds and Developing Partnerships

Photography Credits: Divya Babu & Sanjay Arora