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Ekadeshma, the Nepali edition of the Manhattan Short Film festival will feature international as well as local films, and there will be discussions on filmmaking. 6 to 7 October, 12.30 pm to 7 pm, Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap

WCN nature and wildlife photography competition, take photos of flora, fauna, landscape, macro, and human interaction with nature to promote awareness and interest in conservation. Deadline 31 October, forms available at

Social entrepreneurship bazar 2012, sample the products, services, and ideas of social entrepreneurs from across Nepal and enjoy culinary delights and arts and music from across Asia. 4 to 6 October, 9 am to 4 pm, Babarmahal Revisited, 4462254, 9813198453,

Corporate five-a-side futsal tournament, take your business rivalries to the pitch. Rs 4500, 12 to 14 October, Futsal Arena, GAA Hall, Thamel, 9849718836, 9841817298

Saturday is workday, for those who fancy backyard landscaping and want to help out. 6 October, 10 am to 5 pm, Hariyo Chowk, Lagankhel, 9841442296

Dhulikhel Kite Festival, head to the hills and battle it out with the best kite flyers from Dhulikhel. 12 to 13 October, Taalu Danda, Dhulikhel

Nepal music education festival, an eight-day workshop conducted by Gene Aitken and Mariano Abello culminating in a two-day celebration. Rs 10,000 for non-members, 4 to 13 October, 2 pm, Moksh, Jhamsikhel, 5013554

Meet Pushpa Basnet, the social worker intends to make sure no child grows up in prison and you can meet her with children from her home. 6 October, 4 to 6 pm, Basantapur

Voices of hope, an exhibition of Sumeet Shakya's photo-essay on the lives of 24 underprivileged children living at a children's home. 28 September to 11 October, 10 am to 6 pm, Galleria CUC, 9841240341, 9841497639

Inheriting statelessness, exhibition and sale of paintings by Saroj Bajracharya. 21 September to October 5, Park Gallery, Pulchowk, 9803187665


Silence Festival III, five bands from Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden as well as Jindabaad of Nepal will be rocking it out at this year's annual music festival. Rs 500, 13 October, 12 pm, Jawalakhel Football Ground

An evening with Mark Atkins, the Australian musician, performer, storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist, and instrument maker Mark Atkins will summon the sounds of the Australian outback on his didgeridoo. 9 October, 6.30 pm, Siddartha Art Gallery, 4371687, 4218048

All Nepal battle of the bands, see if you can hit the right notes at this nation-wide music competition. Rs 5000, auditions on 6 October, 9841779176, 9803750550


Bluebird Newari Food Festival, savour the delights of fine Newari cuisine and enjoy traditional music and dance performances. 5 to 6 October, 11 am to 7 pm, Blue Star Complex, Tripureswor

Oktoberfest, free flow of Carlsberg beer and lavish German buffet at the Terrace Bar. Rs 1299 plus taxes, 5, 6, 12 and 13 October, 6 to 10 pm, Radisson Hotel, 4488181, 4423888

Lhasa Bar, enjoy a beer or a splash of cocktail at this springboard for excellent young musicians starting out on the Thamel circuit. Thamel, 985101043
Alfresco, for homemade pastas and other lip-smacking delights. Soaltee Crowne Plaza, 4273999

Chopstix, savoury Asian food cooked in true Chinese fashion sure to charm and impress. Try the famous drums of heaven. Kumaripati, 5551118

Boomerang Restaurant & German Bakery, offers a large selection of cuisine for those who want to enjoy a full meal and desserts. Lakeside, Pokhara, 061-461412

Yin Yang Restaurant, east meets west as you choose from a variety of Thai and continental dishes. Add a little spice to your life with the pad thai or green curry. If you can't handle the heat, fall into the safety net of its western dishes. Thamel, 10am to 10pm, 4701510


Top to Toe Pampering, go the full monty with 240 minutes of facial, body, pedi, mani, and foot massages. Rs 8600, Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu

Mango Tree Lodge, indulge in culture walks, rafting in Karnali, wildlife exploration, jungle safari at the Bardia National Park. Bhetani, Bardiya, info at

Shivapuri Village, eco-tourism close to the Shivapuri National Park replete with a charm of bygone days. Patiswara, Shivapuri National Park, 4017725, 9851034141,

Jungle Sunset at Sauraha, special one night-two days package for Nepalis, including accommodation, lunch, dinner, and breakfast, as well as elephant back safaris, cultural dances and sightseeing, two-way tickets from Kathmandu and Pokhara. Rs 6666, Jungle Sunset Camp, Sauraha, 056 580112, 9855062199, 9851137060

Mo' jazz

Jazzmandu turns ten in a month and have they got a treat for you. This year's fanfare will feature Tito Puente Jr, Marlow Rosado, Suzy&2, Adil and Vasundhara, Rootman, Nojazz, Cadenza Collective, Urjazz, Kutumba, and many more. In the past decade, Jazzmandu has brought quality music to Nepalis, and worked across cultural boundaries to spread a message of peace and compassion through music. This year will be no different, and promises to be a bigger blast.

Starts 1 November
9803076007 or 01-5013554

Let there be sight

'Nepal and Australia: 20 years of restoring sight' will showcase photographs in celebration the twentieth anniversary of the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF). FHF was set up to carry on the work of Australian visionary late Professor Fred Hollows who thought it was appalling that people in the developing world became blind from cataracts because they didn't have access to affordable treatment. He set out to provide local doctors with the skills and tools they needed to give people back their sight. In 1994 FHF started an intraocular lens production lab in collaboration with the Tilganga Eye Hospital. It is now run by an all-Nepali team and produces world class intraocular lenses to be used within Nepal and to be exported to south-east Asia.

9 to 17 October, 12 to 4 pm,
Siddartha Art Gallery

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)