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Are you already booked up this weekend? If not, why don't you come and celebrate the fifth annual Sundance Festival in the beautiful, lush surroundings of The Last Resort near the Tibetan border? Established five years ago by Sam Voolstra of The Last Resort and Nirakar Yakthumba of Moksh, the Sundance Festival is still the only overnight open-air live music event in Nepal.

"When you think about Nepal, you think about mountains and not a lot of people know that there is actually a great music scene here. By organising the Sundance Music Festival we want to show tourists as well as Nepalis that this country has amazing talents," says Voolstra.

This year, the festival will once again feature bands from Nepal playing with international guest musicians. The band 'Soul Train and Blue Eyed Girls', for example, fuses musicians from Nepal, Scotland, France and India, and will certainly get the crowds onto the dance floor with their 70's-style music.

DJ Raju will play his loops with live musicians, joining other bands like Electro Foundation, Triveni Classical, Alt+F4 and Velvet Valor.

"As a new addition to the festival, we would like to make the link between music and visual art performance," says Voolstra, referring to 'The Blue Room' an act combining painting with music and the sounds of Tibetan chanting.

Tickets are 2,500 Rs per person and include food, camping accommodation, use of the sauna and plunge pool and transport to and from the festival. They are available at the Last Resort Office in Mandala Street, Thamel and at Moksh in Pulchowk.

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1. Samsara
Isn't the "Sundance Film Festival" supposed to be held at Park City, Utah every year?  Would be great to have Redford attend this one for sure (Sadly, Butch Cassidy wouldn't be able to check in on this one).

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