Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

’86 centimetres…’ at social change film festival 2012

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Tashi and his friends at work

The Social Change Film Festival and Institute selected ’86 centimetres…’ for their SCFF online screening room. The documentary can be viewed from 26 November – 17 December 2012.

86 centimetres… Is the documentary about Tahsi and his friends whom travelled up to the Thorthormi lake in Lunana in 2009, to help prevent Bhutan from a Glacial Lake Outburst Flooding (GLOF), that would turn into a disaster for people, animals, land and livelihood. Working at high altitude to lower the water level of the lake, moving and slashing boulders bare handed in gushing ice cold water, Tashi worries about the future of his land and family.

The Social Change Film Festival and institute is a global community promoting transformative filmmaking & fostering social change. The 2012 film festival theme is ‘Water: challenges & solutions’ and is held in New Orleans, LA – USA, November 28 to December 2, 2012

November 21, 2012

henk de jong visits bhutan

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Henk de Jong, director bhutan+partners visits Bhutan from 11 November to 5 December 2012.

Henk will discuss the possibilities for a centre for entrepreneurs in Bhutan and the establishment of the Bhutan Film Society and the Bhutan Film fund.

De bhutan+partners director will also prepare the visit of the PUM (senior management program) representative visiting Bhutan from 27 November to 2 December 2012 and facilitates the Bhutan participation in the CBI (export promotion) programs on home decorations, textiles and food ingredients.

The launch of the Queen of Bhutan tulip in Thimphu is expected to take place during his stay and finally Henk will participate in the bi-annual friends of Bhutan meeting in Thimphu from 27 to 29 November.

November 20, 2012

grand piano played by maribel pitte

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The grand piano, sent as a gift to Bhutan in 2008, was played by Maribel Pitte, a French musician. The grand piano was shifted from the Royal Banquet hall to the Royal Academy of Performing Arts for a concert on 7 November 2012. Mrs Pitte performed classical western pieces after which she and bhutanese musicians played these pieces with the piano forte and Bhutanese instruments. Mrs Pitte stated that ‘music is a great medium to bring people together’. And that is what the gift back in 2008 was meant to be for.

Bhutan+partners, initiator and organizer of the grand piano project in 2008, are very happy that the instrument is being used to bring people together through music.

article Kuensel: Music brings together Bhutan and France