Join the 14th annual festival, where over 80 films from 28 countries will be screened over 5 days aiming to entertain, challenge and inspire its audience. 8 to 12 December, QFX Cinemas-Kumari and Russian Culture Center, Kamal Pokhari, (01) 440635,

Celebrating art, Mark your calendars for an art fair showcasing 12 Bangladeshi and 54 Nepali artists under one roof. 9 to 11 November, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, Park Gallery, Pulchok,, (01) 5522305, 9808525790 

School theatre, Don’t miss Neil Simon’s Rumours involving one hilarious evening of lies, slamming doors, mistaken identities and police break-ins, presented by Ullens IBDP theatre. 2 to 3 December, 5.45 pm, Ullens School, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, (01) 5570724,

Art market, Teaming up with the 2016 Adventure film festival, the art market will have an amazing line up of independent films alongside the best contemporary Made in Nepal brands for sale. 3 December, 3 to 7 pm, Moksh, Jhamsikhel, Kathmandu

Divine debris, Attend an exhibition of sculptures by artist Meena Kayastha at Siddhartha Art Gallery. Until 11 January, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, (01) 4218048/4433930

Rajman’s Kathmandu, Don’t miss out on the exhibition of artist Rajman Singh’s mid-19th century drawings of Kathmandu Valley. Until 16 December, Taragaon Museum, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Boudha, (01) 5178334

Poetry in extremis, Run by English PhD student Ellie Walsh, the workshop will analyse poems that challenged injustice and created change throughout history. A discussion designed to help improve one’s own poetry will follow. 3 & 4 December, 12 to 3 pm, Quixote’s Cove, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur,, Register:

World Warriors live, A cosy evening of spoken word poetry and conversations featuring a line-up of the core group members of the Word Warriors spoken word poetry collective. 3 December, 4.45 to 7 pm, Nexus Culture Nepal, Maitri Marg, Patan, Lalitpur

Mulled wine, Enjoy a cup of mulled wine and huddle yourself around a firepit with the rest of the Communitere community. 2 December, 4 to 9 pm, Nepal Communitere, Ward No.3, Pulchowk, (01)5555856,


Dan Ran

Dan Ran, The best Japanese food this side of Bagmati. Try one of the bento boxes with a fresh lemonade. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur (01)5521027

Fire & Ice Pizzeria, For the best Italian pizzas in town. Thamel, (01)4250210

The Vesper House, Stop by for the best in Italian and all local favourites, in their breezy outdoors seating. Also a great venue for wine connoisseurs. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, (01) 5548179,

Dhokaima Café, Beat the cold with indigenous cocktails at the Rukhmuni Bar. Patan Dhoka, (01)5522113,

Wine at Hyatt, Experience the taste of Torres wines recommended by Josep Plana Monsterrat paired with an evening of delectable food. 3 December, 6.30 to 11 pm, Hyatt Regency, Boudha, Rs 3999 per person

Wunjala Moskva, Treat your palette to Newari and Russian dishes in the lush garden with ancient trees and trickling streams. Naxal, (01) 4415236

Barista Lavazza,  The Valley’s best European-inspired coffee culture café serves excellent mochas and lattes. Don’t forget to try their grilled chicken sandwich.  Jawalakhel, (01) 5548597,



Shivapuri Village

Shivapuri Village, Eco-tourism close to the Shivapuri National Park replete with a charm of bygone days. Patiswara, Shivapuri National Park, (01)4017725, 985-1034141,

Glacier Hotel, Good value and friendly service for travellers on the lap of Lake Phewa. Gaurighat, Lakeside, Pokhara, (061)-463722,

Shangri-La Village, Spend your weekend under the shadow of breathtaking mountain views, landscaped gardens, water bodies and a relaxing ambience. Gharipatan, Pokhara, (61)462222, (01)4410051

Pataleban Vineyard, Just 16 km west of Kathmandu city, the resort is a perfect place to spend your weekends with food and wine. The resort offers astounding views of sunset and Himalayan range of Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna. Chisapani, Kathmandu, 9841679364,

Famous Farm, Wake up to the sounds of chirping birds and a fresh morning breeze wafting in through the aankhijhyal. Nuwakot, (01)4700426,

Buddha Maya Gardens, Add value to your travel in Lumbini with a stay at probably the best hotel in the area. Lumbini, (71)580220, 9801033109,

Grand Norling, Countryside weekend package offering suite room, swimming, gym, massage, and discounts on other facilities. Gokarna, (01)4910193


Songs with Akhu

Songs with Akhu, Do not miss the chance to see the frontman of Imphal Talkies, Akhu Chingabam playing songs of freedom at Basecamp. 14 December, 7 pm to 10 pm, Basecamp, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, Rs 300

Purple haze, Come and listen to bands Atrocity, Rage Hybrid and more as they join together to support street children in their charity music event. Donations of winter supplies are welcome. 10 December, 1 to 5.30 pm, Purple haze rock bar, Thamel, Kathmandu, Fee: Pre-sale Rs 300, Door-sale Rs 500

Ciney live, Live performance by Ciney Gurung every Friday evening at Shambala Garden Café. Every Friday, 7 pm onwards, Shambala Garden Café, Hotel Shangri~La, Rs 2000 per person, (01) 4412999 Extn. 7520, 7508

Open mic night, Grab the mic and sing your heart out at the House of Music every Tuesday. House of Music, Thamel, 9851075172

Night market, A night of music accompanied by art, shopping, eating and relaxing. 10 December, 5 to 11 pm, Basecamp, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel

Reggae at Shamrock, Join four national and international artists as they perform great, classic reggae tunes. 2 December, 1 pm to 6 pm, Shamrock Irish Pub, Kathmandu, 986-7811892

Music workshop, Grow in your passion for music through workshops that cover how to pitch your work, impact sponsors and promote new releases. 5 and 12 December, Rs 1000 per class,

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