Word warriors live

Word warriors live, poetry by the garden with Kathmandu’s best slam poets. Free entrance, 14 December, 3 to 5pm, The Yellow House, Sanepa,

Tell your story, make a 1-2 min video about how girls are changing the world; contest open to girls aged 12 to 25, winner takes $10,000. Deadline 31 December,

Tree of life, an exhibition of the paintings on the Mithila cosmos by SC Suman. Runs till 6 January, 5.30pm, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babarmahal

Degree maila, watch this humorous play on contemporary Nepali society.Runs till 15 December, 4.30pm, except Mondays, Mandala Theatre, Anamnagar, 016924269

Child and family photography workshop, learn how to take photos of your child before it grows up. Rs 3,500, 19 to 21 December, 7 to 9.30pm, 9841279544/9841240341

Bihani film, watch two films ‘Search’ and ‘Serendipity’ by filmmaker Govinda

Siwakoti, food and beverage afterwards. Rs 500, 13 December, Nanmlo Gardens Restaurant, Patan

Seed freedom, food freedom, a lecture by world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award Vandana Shiva.22 December, 3pm, Shanker Hotel, Lajimpat

Climate+Change, an awe-inspiring educational science exhibition about climate change and Nepal's Himalaya. December to April, Nepal Art Council

Merry Christmas, deck the halls with bows of folly. 25 December

Super Saturday, table-topping Arsenal visit challengers Manchester City. 13 December, 6pm, Reggae Bar, Thamel

Uphill, downhill

The 11th edition of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival is upon us. Here is a selection of films from the International and Nepali Panorama competitions.

13 December

Main Hall

11am, winner of the Why Poverty competition

12.30pm, Sky burial,

dir. Tad Fettig, 12’; Kamlahari,

dir. Cristoph Schwaiger, 52’

2.30pm, Playing with Nan,

dir. Dipesh Kharel/Asami Saito, 88’

4.30pm, Chasing rainbows,

dir. Sahara Sharma, 88’


12pm, The odd sound out, dir. Pernille Sihm & Idamaria

Schouwandreasean, 6.5’; No

place is far away, dir. Michelle Ibaven, 75’

2pm, audio-video presentation by Gerda Pauler on the Great Himalayan Trail

4pm, In the shadow of the sun,

dir. Harry Freeland, 84’

14 December

Main Hall

11am, Life at altitude, dir. Qiao Yan, 18’; To sing to live, dir. Zhao Gang, 62’

1pm, Antim Yatra,

dir. Keshab Pandey, 33’; Mani,

dir. Ella Chay Yin Chi & Sonam Lama, 45’

3pm, When Hari got married,

dir. Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, 75’

5pm, Red Monsoon,

dir. Eelum Dixit, 88’


11.30am, A drop of gold, dir. Christope Peladen, 11’; The hanging village,

dirs. Veronique, Anne, and Erik Lapied, 70’

1.30pm, The blinding sunlight,

dir. Yu Liu, 85’

3.30pm, Journey for happiness,

dir. Marie Veno Thesbjerg, 22’; Breathing the smell of the sky,

dir. Benoit Aymon, 52’

15 December

Main Hall

11am, Himalaya Bhotia between Nepal and Tibet, dir. Denis Olivier Poulet, 75’

1pm, Lost dreams, dir. Ankit KC, 6’; Jhyauli, dir. Rakesh Kayastha, 30’; Chora,

dir. Subarna Thapa, 25’

3pm, Memoria, dir. Elisabet Yr Atladottir, 7’; Mustang Rising,

dir. Amitabh Subedi, 73’

5pm, Closing and prize distribution; The Epic of Everest, dir. John Noel, 85’


11.30am, A new perspective, dir. Corey Rich, 9’; The hidden path, dir. Hossein Jehani, 20’; 86 centimeters, dir. Tshering Gyelsthen & Peter Burgh,


1.30pm, a talk by Stephen Goodwin on mountain tourism journalism 3pm, Loden – the little monk, dir. Andre Hormann, 25’; Mission to Caucasus, dir. Marco Preti, 52’

11 to 15 December

City Hall, Exhibition Road


A green Christmas

If Bing Crosby’s song ‘White Christmas’ is hammering in your head this season, look for a green Christmas next week. After all, it's the season to be eco-friendly.

Instead of chopping down fresh pine trees and branches, you can have a small tree in a pot, look after it throughout the year, and then when Christmas finally arrives you already have the habit of making it grow. Or why not follow the

tradition in the Philippines where fresh pine trees are too expensive and locals prefer to make decorations out of bamboo stalks and then decorate them with lights?

But, perhaps the best option is to plant poinsettias inside and outside the house,

its red petals the perfect symbol of Christmas.

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