In 2015, as founding partner, in association with VAST Bhutan, Mojo Park, Le Meridien and a host of other key players, Learning Planet was involved in the conception, planning and organisation of Bhutan’s first ever International Festival – a 10 day extravaganza of arts, music, dance, film and food – all centred around the Bhutanese New Year and the 35th birthday of HRH the 5th King of Bhutan.
Bhutan International Festival (BhIF) is a non-profit event – conceived to create a resilient platform for the ongoing support of the creative arts in Bhutan. The goal is to provide a new outlet for artists from across the nation, and invite a cultural exchange with world class artists from around the globe.
The first festival created an incredible atmosphere with more than 200 international and local artists performing, creating and interacting together with huge audiences in venues all around Thimphu. From the serene and breathtaking Art in the Park in the capital’s Centenary Park and at VAST Sculpture Park, to the Music and Food festival at Clocktower Square and wider music events in the Changlimithang stadium, and the Film festival in the Le Meridien hotel. Some highlights from the festivities can be seen below:
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Great moments from the Clocktower Square included shows with UK veteran artists MC Xander, Dizraeli and Bellatrix, the Harvard Orchestra, a large variety of Bhutan’s rock bands, ethnic fusion collaborations and solo shows from Outtallectuals artists and Indian artists Monks of Majuli & Kutle Khan Projects, as well as a variety of rehearsed and freestyle dances.
organizers and international artists of BhIF were introduced to the royal family of Bhutan and congratulated for their efforts in a most elegant fashion.