Last year, as the world came to standstill, we had to cancel the festival that was scheduled to take place in Kirtipur.
This year, we are doing things differently. If the pandemic has imposed limitations on physical gatherings, it has also broken barriers and boundaries, opening us to newer possibilities. From a festival that focuses on traditional and folk music, we want to expand our definition to encompass artists of Nepali heritage who are spread in all corners of the world creating all sorts of music. We believe that Nepali musicians, regardless of their genre of music, language, location, instrument, are directly or indirectly contributing to Nepali music as a whole. In addition to a shift in our core focus, we are also changing our format from a one-day long music festival to a year-long asynchronous virtual event.
This year’s festival is an acknowledgement to the work they do while being so far away from home. It is a small thank you note. That is why this year’s theme is A LETTER HOME.