International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK)
Began in 2008, the International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) is one of the major theatre festivals of India. ITFoK is organized by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi; the nodal body for promotion of theatre, music and allied performing arts of Kerala. Akademi is an autonomous institution under the Department of Culture, Govt. of Kerala. Conceived during the chairmanship of Late Bharath Murali, as an annual theatre festival for independent, experimental and contemporary theatre groups from across the world, ITFoK has been elevated to a major cultural event of international appeal and repute. Today it ranks among the most important Indian theatre festivals. Spanning eight days ITFoK takes place at the premises of the Akademi, at Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. Precise and well calibrated curatorial exercise behind every edition has given a definite character to ITFoK. Open-air performances and shows of Keralas own traditional theatre well connected with local contemporary practices is the highlight of the event.