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2008 Festival Video

Bhutanese Procession


Dorji Tshering, Director of the Department of Culture for Bhutan, talks about a chhipdrel (procession) and how it is importantRead More

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Bhutan Program Opening Ceremonies


His Royal Highness the Prince of Bhutan Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck speaks at the opening ceremonies. 

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Yeshi Wangchuk, Spiritual Singer


Tshering Tempa, translator for Yeshi Wangchuk who is a spiritual singer, speaks about the mobile miniature temple called a TashiRead More

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Kheng Sonam Dorji, Bhutanese Singer and Lute Player


Kheng Sonam Dorji sings while playing the Bhutanese lute. 

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Yak Herding


Presentation of a Bhutanese yak herder and explaination of the yak herding lifestyle. The yak herder demonstrates rope slinging andRead More

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The Royal Academy of Performing Arts, Song and Dance Dedicated to Jampelyang, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom


The Royal Academy of Performing Arts performs a folk song and dance dedicated to Jampelyang, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, whoRead More

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Bhutanese Archery Demonstration


Tshewang Dhendup, a member of the Bhutan National Broadcasting Corporation, explains the rules of Bhutanese archery while a demonstration takesRead More

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Bhutan Program Recap


Program participants and staff reflect on their experience of the Festival. 

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