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Art for the environment

Friday, November 18th, 2016
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Pic: Shreejana Shrestha

Pics: Shreejana Shrestha

The Alliance Francaise in Kathmandu Saturday started a two-day arts and environment festival in Jawalakhel focusing on wildlife conservation and the illegal trade in animal contraband.

The fourth edition of the annual ‘Planet Nepal’ festival hopes to attract young people to the venue near the Central Zoo in Patan and features stalls of various environment groups, concerts, photo exhibitions and panel discussions.

Prabin Bikram Rana of the Alliance Francaise said: “The issue of environment awareness should be raised throughout the year but not just on a particular day but we are trying to make this a festival for the youth.”

Alliance Francaise is using art and culture to promote environmental protection because it  says this is more effective than making scientific arguments. It also wants to work on the youth so that the need for nature conservation stays with them throughout their lives.

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Editor of Nepali Times Kunda Dixit launched the Green issue of La.Lit, a literary magazine, during the official opening of the event on Friday. French Ambassador Yves Carmona also attended.

Organisations working on environmental issues have put up exhibition stalls at the Jawalakhel Football Ground. Visitors enjoyed dramas on environmental themes and musical concerts on the first day of the festival. The second day’s treats include live performance by popular band, 1974 A.D and recital of ‘Aatma (Spirit)’ produced by WWF.

Alliance Francaise will also be announcing the best photo submitted by various amateur photographers, through a public voting. The organisation had called for photographs related to wildlife and nature.

 

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