3rd July 2016, Skills & Care Greenwich took part in the seventh Greenwich World Cultural Festival at Eltham Palace; the festival was a part of Royal Greenwich Festivals. The one-day-only free entry to the grounds at the one of Greenwich’s most iconic locations, was visited by over 3000 people on the day.
Skills & Care was one of the main delivery partners of Greenwich, Dance who organises the event every year. At the event, representing Nepalese community, Skills & Care Performing Art Centre children, aged from 5 – 11 years, performed various Nepali folk dances and were the main attraction of the event. The audiences were screaming and cheering when elderly Gurkha ladies and gentlemen form Greenwich Ex-Gurkha Servicemen Association performed Gurkha dance in “Tite Kareli”; the audience were equally excited to see a group of youth’s performing a fascinating Sherpa Dance. A surprise and unexpected dance performance from choreographer Shimmy Pun herself was again appreciated by everyone.
At the main stage, people from all over the world enjoyed performance by the popular Nepali band “Daju Bhai Inc.” – it is very much true, Music has no language.
Nepal Tourism Board UK shared the platform with Skills & Care and promoted tourism in Nepal. The Honorary PR representative for Nepal to UK, Pashupati Bhandir delivered a talk on tourism in Nepal highlighting the fact that Nepal has recovered from the last year’s earthquake and is very much ready for business.
Greenwich has the largest Nepalese community in London and Nepali language is second most spoken language in the borough. Skills & Care Greenwich as a registered charity has been working with Nepali and wider communities since 2011. The founder member of the charity Sonia Thapa co-ordinated the whole event. Sonia Thapa said – “it was a very hard job to put everything together from communicating with the organisers, artist, the choreographers, professional band, volunteers and sponsors, but the hard work paid off”.
The programme was hosted by Manish Bhandari and Fatta Thapa. Among the sponsor’s, a newly opened travel agency, Sanjog Travel that sponsored a typical taste of Nepali Briyani and other refreshments.