NITFest 2022 Closing Ceremony

Prabin Khatiwada, Namrata KC, and Dhruba Satya Pariyar, an actor, director, and theatre critic respectively will have a conversation with Suraj Subedi, a film/theatre critic on the existence of theatre criticism in Nepal, which is yet to develop as a genre and a worthy subject to invest on. 

Different young poets from diverse geography and genre , come together to recite their poem followed by music. Lets celebrate cultural diversity through the words of their beautiful words.

Performance Poetry : AJ Bob, Bhumika Tharu, Hiradevi Waiba, Kashiram Bajgain (Devbrat),
Rasik Raj and Saras Chari 

Music By: Prasanna Humagain

Shishir Upreti as the panel facilitator will have in-depth conversation with 2 education stakeholders and 2 theatre scholars exploring the possible horizon of theatre education and its challenges in Nepal, which is yet to develop into any university courses. Veteran theatre scholars Abhi Subedi and Shiva Rijal will panel this session together with the dean of TU Kusum Shakya and director of Curriculum Development Centre Khilanath

Palpasa Cafe Drama Book

A drama adaptation of best selling Nepali novel Palpasa Cafe is coming out in book form as Palpasa Cafe Play. The book is published by Nepalaya Publication Nepal, which is the same publication that published the original novel. The adapted play was produced by Theatre Village Nepal under the directorial of Bimal Subedi, a NSD graduate, and was performed in Mandala Theatre Nepal from 22 April - 8 May with houseful of audiences. A discussion entitled ‘From text to stage: practices of theatrical adaptation’ will follow after the book launch. 

From text to stage: practices of the theatrical adaptation

Panelists Narayan Wagle, Nayan Raj Pandey, Upendra Subba, writers whose work has been adapted into drama, and Bimal Subedi and Deeya Maskey, two directors who recently adapted one of the panelist’s stories into play will sit together and discuss the metamorphosis of text. Writer/journalist Basanta Basnet will moderate their coming of age in terms of adaptation practice. 

Naatak Palpasa Cafe Book Launch followed by Panel Discussion- Theatre and Literature
नाटकमा शब्दको आकृतिः के लेखिदैंछ, कस्तो देखिदैंछ?

We believe that theatre in Nepal has a lot of potential and can be a very powerful tool for social change. So we are organizing this panel discussion with some of the leading theatre practitioners in Nepal. The panelists will discuss the challenges that theatre outiside Kathmandu faces, ranging from a lack of infrastructure and support, to a lack of audience engagement. They will discuss the need for more government support for the arts, and for more training and support for theatre artists.

Looking to make your theatre arts more accessible for audiences with disabilites? Then this is the event for you! Join us as we explore how to make theatre arts more inclusive for everyone. 

Sagar Prasai, Founder of Diverse Patterns, strategic partner of NITFest 2022, will lead a workshop with Ms. Michelle Rolfe, an expert from the UK (Birds of Paradise, a theatre group based in Scotland) on providing hands-on and practical information to participants so that they can include persons with disabilities as their audiences or artist & crew.

The workshop will be 2 hours long, and the participants will be primarily theatre directors, arts managers, and organizers of another similar festival. We'll discuss everything from stage design and acoustics to sign language interpretation and assistive listening devices. All are welcome, so come and learn how to make your theatre arts more accessible for all!


Mr. Sagar Prasai has more than a decade long experience in disability inclusion sector. He has worked with national and international organizations to make thier programming accessible to larger audiences including persons with disabilities.

Ms. Michelle Rolfe is a producer for Birds of Paradise (BOP) where she works with the executive Producer and artistic director on delivering BOP Theatre productions. She ensures the smooth running of day to day activities and communications for all of BOP productions and also support the development and strategic strands of BOP through project work and delivering training.

  • Date: 28 November 2022, 2:00- 4:00 pm
  • Venue: Mandala Studio, Thapagaun
  • Free Entry. Registration Required. Tea snacks and certificates will be provided.
A group of persons with disabilities and theatre artist sit in a circle during a workshop at british council
Picture from similar workshop organized on NITFEST 2019 | Source: British Council

Many of our accomplishments and the narratives of history have been intermixed with bloods of different wars. Until today, every continent in the world has experienced and hated war. But the war keeps coming back.

Every war leads people somewhere. But are they really satisfied with what they found as their destiny ?

How does one deal with the memory of their own people's blood shed ? We are not here to answer these questions but the performance will help to search more questions. 

Supporting crew: Anshu Khanal, Prabhat Timilsina, Suraj Parajuli

Nepal International Theatre festival 2022 is going to be inaugurated on 25th of Nov, 2022. The venue for the opening ceremony is Mandala Aagam (Open Premises) at Mandala Theatre, Thapagaun, New Baneshwor.

The opening ceremony will be graced by VIPs, theatre artists, litterateurs, students and general public.

A book इन्द्रधनुष- यो छिमलका सात नाटक will also be launched during the festival.

Organized by
Mandala Theatre Nepal
Strategic Partners
Gowin Production
Encore Media
Diverse Patterns
Accessibilty Partner
British Council Nepal
Supported by
Kathmandu Metropolitan City
Nepal Tourism Board
German Development Coorporation
German Development Coorporation
Civil Peace Project
Venue Partner
Pathshala Foundation
Video Partner
Foto Crystal
Hospitality Partner
Hotel Le Himalaya
Hydration Partner
Jalapa Fresh Drinking Water
Energy Partner
Hunk Energy Drink
Sign Language Partner
Nepal Association of Sign Language Interpreters
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