Australian Film Roadshow from Friday

KATHMANDU: The Australian Embassy celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Nepal on February 15. And what could be a better celebration than a musical event? The embassy hosted a concert in the evening where Tigramuna, a Sydney-based Latin Jazz band were joined by Nepali musicians for the musical show at the Australian Embassy. Tigramuna entertained more than 200 friends of the embassy.

As a part of the celebrations, Australian Embassy is also hosting a festival of contemporary Australian films — the Australian Film Roadshow from February 19-23 at the Russian Culture Centre, Kamalpokhari. This festival has lot in store for all movie lovers as eight recent Australian feature films and six short films will be screened during the festival.

“We have selected some of the finest Australian films for the roadshow. These movies give an insight into the Australian lifestyle,” said Australian ambassador Susan Grace at a press meet organised at the Australian Embassy on February 16. These movies highlight the history, culture and contemporary values of Australia.

Ambassador Grace even gave her recommendation saying, “Kenny, Chopper and Rabbit Proof Fence are the films I would recommend.”

This is the eighth consecutive year of this event in Kathmandu and access to Australian movies to Nepalis, who have very less access to movies from the country down under, is the main purpose of this event. Some of the movies included in this festival have also been featured in the Cannes.

According to a press statement issued by the embassy, the funds raised from the ticket sales (priced at Rs 30 per ticket) will be donated to Tilganga Eye Centre.