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Kizuna-a message of hope
To show solidarity with Japan's children, UNESCO is organising a Post Card writing campaign. School children are requested to write a message of hope on a postcard. The aim is to deliver a post card to each of the thousands of children who were affected by the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami that hit northeast Japan on 11 March to remind them that they haven't been forgotten. The Sendai branch of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) will collect the post cards and then distribute it to the school children. Post cards should be sent before July 31,2011 and addressed to:
Sendai UNESCO Association,
1-2-2, Oomachi, Aoba-ku
Sendai City, 980-0804, Japan
Post cards can also be sent via the UNESCO office in Kathmandu
(PO Box 14391, Sanepa-2, Lalitpur)

The Conference of the Birds is a narrative poem by the 12th century Persian Sufi-Poet Farid-ud-Din Attar. Produced by Studio 7, the stage version of the poem is written by Sabine Lehmann and Ludmilla Hungerhuber .Studio 7 hopes to 'take the moral temperature' of the present day society with this production. It tells the story of a journey undertaken by birds to find a solution to a problem rife in their land. Danger, doubts and strange encounters fill their journey. Attars work is Sufi belief in an extended allegorical form with interwoven stories of great insight.
The Conference of the Birds, 13-29 May, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7.15pm, Naga Theatre, Hotel Vajra, Bijeshwari, Swayambhu, Rs.700, 4271545

Kalashaktishwari, painting exhibition organised by Centre for Health, Education, Training and National Advocay (CHETANA). 8 to 18 May, 2.30 pm on inaugural day, gallery hours: 10am to 5pm, Newa Chen Art Gallery, Kobahal Tole, Lalitpur, 5533532, 9841224753

For the Supreme Right, a discussion on social and political problems organised by Youth Today. 14 May, 8.30am to 10am, In front of Constitution Assembly building, New Baneshwor

Stories in Photos, exhibition of photos submitted for a competition organised by the Photo Journalist Club. 12 to 14 May, 11am to 6pm, Nepal Art Council, Baber Mahal, 420735

Photo Exhibition, an exhibition of winners and selected photos of Mega Bank Photo competition 067. May 14, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Nepal Art Council, Babermahal, Kathmandu

26th Solo Arupan Painting Exhibition, by senior artist Ramesh Khanal. 15 to 27 May, 5pm on the inaugural day, weekdays 10.30am to 6pm, Park Gallery, Pulchowk, 5522307

Global Accent Training, a program to help non-native English speakers better their English. 15 May, 5pm to 6.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm, Edusol Nepal, Baluwatar, 4412606, 9849452929

Discussion on 'Solar cult and some important icons of Sun and Moon of Kathmandu Valley' by Dr. Bina Poudel. May 17, 3pm, Martin Chautari, Thapathali, 4238050, 4102027, 4240243

African Film Festival, organised by College of Journalism and Mass Communication. 23 to 25 May, 12pm to 3.30pm, Russian Cultural Centre, Kamalpokhari

Discussion on Karnali Blues, with author Buddhi Sagar organised by Himalayan readers book club. May 28, 3pm to 8pm, Conference Hall, British Council, Entry- Rs.50, 9851076996/ 9849100300

The Revival, re-exhibition of paintings by K.G.Ranjit.13 to 19 May, 20 to 26 May, 26 May to 3 June, 5 to 17 June, Weekdays: 11am to 7pm, Saturdays: 12pm to 4pm, Fusion Studio, Mandala Street, Thamel, 4700562

Nepal Management Symposium, organised by Kathmandu college of Management and KCM Student Council with the support of Three H Management. 20 to 22 May, Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat, 9841568289

Book Sale, sale of used books organised by Alliance Francaise. 28 May, 10am to 5pm, Gardens of Alliance Francaise, Tripureshwor

The Government Inspector, a play by Nikolai Gogol performed by Shailee Theatre Group. Every Thursdays till 1st week of June, 4.30pm, Russian Cultural Centre, Kamalpokhari

Call for entries for Film Southasia, a festival of South Asian documentaries. 29 September to 2 October, early submission deadline: 31 May 2011, final submission deadline (for films made after April 2010): 31 June 2011, Film Southasia Secretariat, Patan Dhoka, 5552141,,

Culturally Enlightened, a cultural festival organized by Om Mahakal Film Production. 2 to 5 June, 11am to 6pm, Tundikhel Ground

Outdoors Grind, a pool side dance party organized by Party Nepal Outdoors. 28 to 29 May, Riverside Spring Resort, Kurintar, Rs.3500


Absolute Live Music, by Rashmi & Kitcha Band every Friday and performances by Shabnam & Cannabiz Band every Wednesday. 7.30pm onwards, Absolute bar, Hotel Narayani Complex, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, 5521408, 5549504,

KJC Faculty in Concert. 13 May, 6pm, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory/ Moksh auditorium, Jhamsikhel, 5013554,

Yalamaya Classic, a classical music event. 16 May, 5pm onwards, Yalayamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka

Rap:Rock:Reggae, a house of music festival. May 21, 6pm onwards, Patan Musuem, Entry
Rs. 300, 98419041005

La Fete de la Musique, a music contest and concert organised by Alliance Francaise in celebration of the 30th anniversary of International Music Day. 21 to 26 June, 4242621, 4241163,


Bronco Billy, a new restaurant in town offering Tex-Mex and Indian dishes. They make their own corn tortillas, which gets a big thumbs-up. But really, we can't wait to try their Margaritas. Pulchowk opposite Namaste Supermarket

Lhakpa Chulo, try the tender steaks and Thai-style salads. Jhamsikhel
Alfresco, for homemade pasta and other lip-smacking delights. Soaltee Crowne Plaza, 4273999

Boudha Stupa Restaurant & Café, enjoy wood-fired pizza with a superb view of Boudha stupa and free wifi, candlelight dinner options are also available for the romantics every full moon night. Boudha, 2130681

Dechenling, the place to head for Bhutanese and Tibetan cuisine, their pleasant and spacious garden is ideal for big gatherings. Thamel

Cosmopolitan Café, located in the heart of Basantapur, this cozy café offers arguably the best chicken sizzler in town. Basantapur

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)