Project information

Artists against censorship - Gaijatra in Nepal

30 artists, 10 writers, performers and cartoonists will be invited to create works relating to freedom of expression, which will be publicly showcased during the festival of Gaijatra, which is celebrated in the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

6 weeks - taking in August 2014

Charity information: Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre

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  • Need

    Need

    To throw light on censorship in Nepal - last year one of our artists was issued with a death threat for blasphemy. At the time, the authorities were quoted saying that 'any artwork that questions the state should only be displayed during the Gaijatra festival.’  There have been other issues with censorship that have been perpetrated by the government and excused by the judiciary in the recent past.

    Solution

    By establishing and recognizing the government's role in curbing freedom of expression by bringing individuals from different disciplines to use the traditional festival of Gaijatra as an inspiration to challenge authority and promote dialogue. Documenting the performances, compositions, artworks so that an exhibition can continue beyond the festival and keep dialogue alive
    lay the foundation down for an annual event of similar nature t

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to throw light on censorship in Nepal and to inspire people to question it

    Activities

    » by taking performances to the streets where it would be more accessible

    by documenting the performances, compositions, artworks so that an exhibition can continue beyond the festival and keep dialogue alive


  • Impact

    Impact

    lay the foundation down for an annual event of similar nature to safeguard freedom of expression in Nepal by establishing and recognizing the government's role in curbing freedom of expression

    Risk

    Gaijatra is an ancient festival which allows people to deride authority through music, poetry, and theatre performances. For the 4 days of festivities all opinions on the government can be comically presented without consequence.

    Reporting

    We will document the performances, compositions, artworks so that an exhibition can continue beyond the festival and keep dialogue alive.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,770

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      Amount Heading Description
      £420 3-day workshop led by a cultural expert exploring gaijatra
      £2,200 2 week workshop making papier mache cow heads
      £2,300 exhibition for one month
      £850 performances during the gaijatra festival
  • Background

    Location

    Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - the three cities in Kathmandu Valley

    Beneficiaries

    Nepalese artists, writers, performers and cartoonists

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    as the only international contemporary arts centre in Nepal

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sangeeta Thapa

    Organisation of the project in Nepal

    Celia Washington

    Organisation of the project in Nepal