Himalayan Cultural Festival

RAWA Solidarity Scotland combined forces with the Himalayan Cultural Festival to present an evening of film, photography, music, and food!

The event was both the launch night of the Himalayan Cultural festival and a fund-raiser for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).

Featuring some great live music, tasty Afghan food, craft stalls on behalf of “Solidarity Goods”, interesting film, a photographic display and a short presentation about RAWA.

The event raised awareness and over £140 for RAWA.

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More about the Festival itself..

The Himalayan Cultural Festival was conceived to celebrate the rich and varied cultures of the world’s mightiest mountain range with film, music, art and photography.

The Festival initially took place in London from 28 January to 12 February 2010.

It also took place in Edinburgh from 13 to 27 May 2010 at The Filmhouse, Roxy Art House, and Forest Cafe.

The Himalaya stretch for thousands of miles, encompassing forests, deserts, snowy peaks and vibrant cities, and a huge diversity of peoples and cultures live on their slopes and in their valleys.

The film programme reflects this diversity with films from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet. Some are classics, others are being shown for the first time in the UK. We also explore the Himalaya through the still image with exhibitions of art and photography from a range of international artists, and taste the music of the region, with live performances from musicians traditional and modern.

The UK is home to one of the biggest Himalayan diaspora communities outside of South Asia, but apart from a few well-known symbols and stories, this important area has a low profile in this country, and remains a mystery to many. Therefore, our central aims in organising the Festival are:

  • to reach and captivate a wide audience, introducing them to Himalayan film, music, art
    and photography.
  • to raise awareness and visibility of Himalayan countries and cultures in London and the UK
    to celebrate the cultural ties between Himalayan diaspora communities, encouraging solidarity and fostering a sense of the Himalaya as a region
  • to create a platform for Himalayan and related artists to showcase their work in London.



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