5th International Folk Festival organized by Everest Nepal Cultural Group, successfully concluded at Khullamancha (Open Air Theater) on 13th March 2010 with the presence of massive public audiences after performing various shows in different parts of the Himalayan country Nepal.
The Festival was initially inaugurated by Rt. Hon. President Dr. Ram Baran Yadhav, first president of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (FDR Nepal) at Academy hall in Kathmandu on 6th of March 2010. The festival that begun with over 350 international and over 100 national participant artists from 12 different countries from around the globe, then performed at Birendranagar, Surkhet, Tansen, Palpa and Pokhara attracting more than 5 lakhs (half a million) enthusiastic public audiences. Nargarik and Republica National Daily Newspapers and ABC National Television covered news stories as official Media and other National printing and electronic media broadcasted the event stories with significant emphasis.
The International Folk groups from different countries like France (LA SAVOIE and Kerlenn Pondi), “Grand Canaria” Spain (Coros Y Danzas De Ingenio), The Netherlands (Stedeker Daansers) , Bulgaria (Obzor) , Lithuania (Gojus) , Slovakia (LIPA), Slovenia (SAVA), Poland (Poligrodzianie of Poznan University of Technology), Bangladesh (Nritto Rong Academy), India (Rajasthan Art and Culture group and Punjab Folk Art Center) and Nepal (Everest Nepal Cultural Group) actively participated in the Festival and performed their native folk dances and songs along with their respective costumes. The publics in Birendranagar Surkhet and Tansen, Palpa have shown great interests and enthusiasm in International Folk parade and artists received great applause while French group LA SAVOIE unfolded Nepalese and French national flags along with their performance. And while other International groups played Resam Phiree Ree and Sim Sime Paneema very famous Nepalese Folk music/songs, with their native musical instruments, all sitting audiences at front stood amass and gave big hand to be in tune. It was a great testimony toward harmonious cultural and friendly ties between the people of Nepal and participant countries.
After successful performances in Surkhet, Palpa and Pokhara, International and Nepali Folk groups performed at Khullamancha (Open Air Theater) in capital city Kathmandu on 13th of March 2010 among massive presence of public audiences. Thus, long awaited mega event which is being organized by Everest Nepal Cultural Group in every two years, concluded with the message of global brotherhood, peace and cultural harmony among the nations of the world and being influenced by the warm welcome of the people of Nepal, alluring mountains, tranquility and awesome landscapes, the participants promised to carry message of peace and harmony to their respective countries and committed to tell their relatives as Nepal is a safe destination for travelers. And furthermore, they assured that they will return to Nepal again to participate in the events of this kind or as a tourist in near future to explore this wonderful himalayan country Nepal.
And finally, only an organizer to organize Festival of this kind in Himalayan country Nepal, Everest Nepal Cultural group extended its heartfelt thanks to all the participant artists from different countries for their efforts and patience even in adverse circumstances and bringing their Folk cultural heritages among Nepalese audiences with enthusiasm, Government of Nepal, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Festival Travel and Tours, Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Nepal, Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Printing and Electronic media, Local organizers: National Folk and Duet Song Academy-(NFDSA) Surkhet, Palpa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI-Palpa), all members of ENCG & volunteers and audiences for their active support for the grand success of the mega event and expect the same also in the event of this kind in the days to come.