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International Glacial Symposium and inauguration of Daphne Hall

A three day International Glacial Symposium at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Bumthang with support from the Bhutan Foundation. International and national experts participated for the symposium held in the Daphne Hall. World class leading glacier experts from around the world together with national experts are taking part. Honorable Minister Lyonpo Yeshi Dorji opened the symposium on 16th April in the Daphne Hall. The symposium will take stock of our current state of knowledge about Himalayan Glaciers.

The Daphne hall was constructed with the generous financial support from Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham through the Bhutan Foundation.

The Ugyen Wangchuck Museum for Ethnobiology showcases traditional implements, equipment, dresses, pottery and containers which were the essential and important parts of our ancestors’ daily lives. The museum is a part of the UWICE’s tribute to the 60th birth anniversary of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

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Restoration on Wangduechhoeling Palace to begin

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Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck launched the restoration of the Wangduechhoeing Palace on the morning of 29 March 2015 dedicated to the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth anniversary in a traditional ceremony. His Excellency the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay accompanied Gyalyum during the event.

The Wangduechhoeling Palace was built by Gongsar Jigme Namgyel and is the first largest structure to be built as a residential manor and not a fortress. It bears a special and important place in history as it significantly marks an era of peace and stability in the country that has continued to this day. The palace also marks the birthplace of monarchy in Bhutan.

This project is undertaken by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs with financial and technical support from the Bhutan Foundation and will be implemented by the Department of Culture in coordination with the Bumthang District. The documentation and planning for the entire palace complex was completed in August 2014, which was made possible with support from the U. S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (India) and the Bhutan Foundation.

In the following months, a project site office will be set up and the consolidation of the Lingkha Lhakhang (temple), an ancillary structure within the palace complex, will commence. Next year, restoration work will begin on the main palace structure and the five Chukhor Mani (water prayer wheels). The restoration of the Utse (central tower) and the establishment of a museum will be undertaken in following phases. The entire project is estimated at over $ four million.

Join the Bhutan Foundation at the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

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The Bhutan Foundation invites all to join us for the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2PM. Three films will be screened during the festival and all three filmmakers will be present to discuss the films after the screenings.  Please find below short descriptions of each film and we hope that you will join us to learn more about Bhutan.

The Red Door (Bhutan, 2014, 15 min.) The Red Door follows the metaphorical journey of a Bhutanese man during the various phases of his life. Tashi Gyeltshen comes to terms with his cousin’s suicide in this minimal, but meaningful tale. If reincarnation exists, death is a new start. Directed by Tashi Gyeltshen.

Boy of Good Waste (Bhutan, 2005, 22 min.) The film looks at a young, self-employed waste collector. Featuring real, raw footage that showsBhutanese ways of life, the boy is making effort to clean his town, paying neighbors for scraps that otherwise lie in their yards. Directed by Dechen Roder.

Made in Bhutan (Bhutan, 2013, 33 min.) Made in Bhutan is a documentary portraying this recent emergence of entrepreneurship. In 2012, pro-bono director Hirondelle Chatelard travelled the kingdom with a Bhutanesefilm crew meeting and interviewing entrepreneurs and key individuals. Directed by Hirondelle Chatelard.

This program on Bhutan will be introduced by Tshewang Wangchuk, Executive Director of the Bhutan Foundation with opening remarks by Ambassador Kunzang C. Namgyel, Bhutan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Discussion with filmmakers Hirondelle Chatelard, Dechen Roder and Tashi Gyeltshen will follow screening.

Thanks to the Asian Cultural Council and the Rubin Foundation for their support of this program.

To find out more about the program click here.