In the mountains of central Bhutan, a small group of craftspeople are struggling to sustain traditional practices that are disappearing as the remote Himalayan country becomes increasingly globalized. The Choki Traditional Art School in Thimpu Province, Bhutan, offers free training in traditional Bhutanese crafts, such as weaving, wood carving, and … Continue reading Cultural Sustainability and Traditional Crafts in Bhutan
The Folklife Festival hosted a program on Bhutan in 2008 that was the largest and most comprehensive celebration of Bhutanese life and culture ever hosted outside the remote Himalayan Kingdom. As with many Festival programs, Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon resulted in new and expanding relationships, leading to some … Continue reading Staging Bhutan’s First Opera
The Bhutanese New Year’s festival, called Losar, is celebrated between February and March depending on the lunar calendar. In 2013 Losar falls on February 11-12. This festival holiday is marked by ritual feasting and family gatherings, as well as offerings of thanksgiving and for an auspicious year to come. The … Continue reading Losar: Community Building and the Bhutanese New Year
Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon overview narrated by Preston Scott, Bhutan Program Curator.
Discussion on the history of Bhutanese temples and the development of a temple erected on the National Mall. Narrated by Festival staff.
Dorji Tshering, Director of the Department of Culture for Bhutan, talks about a chhipdrel (procession) and how it is important to perform before big events.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Bhutan Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck speaks at the opening ceremonies.