KATHMANDU, June 25: Nepal Music Festival (NMF), in partnership with Playing for Change, a US based organization that funds many musical projects, is scheduled to be organized on September 21 and 22, 2012, to commemorate the UN International Day of Piece and the Global Playing for Change day.
The two day music festival will boast a genuinely Nepali touch with international artist just augmenting to the Nepali feel.
The festival aims to bring the people of Nepal together, in a turbulent time, with music and get them to celebrate a social standing and music rather than attend the event for artists. The festival will be reasonably priced for inclusiveness but will also be streamed live to various designated to locations for free.
“We want the festival to be as important as Woodstock and we want to inspire people to stand up for a social cause,” says Ian Choo, Vice President of Strategic Planning of Nepal Music Festival.
Choo is originally from Singapore but is currently living in Copenhagen. He is also a lecturer at Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College. “We want the festival to stand for something that will make a difference in the society. There are many conflicting thoughts in Nepali politics at the moment and getting people together like this can mean a lot. We want the festival to be about something more than music, we want it to be about standing up for something greater than oneself,” he adds.
The festival will have various stalls and hopes to spark up NMFx, independent projects on the theme of Nepal Music Festival. The festival aims to fulfill all of the circles of communication, with the first core for people to attend the physical festival, the second circle for people in allocated live-streaming locations, the third circle of TV viewers and the finally for people on the web.
Artists playing at the event are yet to be confirmed but among the confirmed are Astha Tamang Maskey and Strings,a Pakistani Band.
“We want the festival to be a part of the festival culture here in Nepal,” says Estee Wah, Operations Director of Nepal Music Festival, adding, “We want it to be very different from traditional concerts and want people to celebrate the experience of being there, with different people indulging in a collective experience with everyone.”