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Photo Kathmandu 2016 to honour survival and resilience

Lalitpur, October 19, 2016: Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s only international photography festival, is set to commence this weekend with a line-up of print exhibitions, slide-show nights, artist talks, panel discussions, and workshops. The festival, now in its second year, will once again be based out of Patan and will continue for a fortnight.

In a press meet, held at the Taragaon Museum in the Capital on Tuesday, the organisers, photo.circle, announced the full line-up for the festival that will see exhibitions by photographers including Sandra Calligaro, Kim Hak, Azadeh Akhlaghi and Shikhar Bhattarai. The two winners of the Photo Kathmandu 2016 Award of Excellence-Shreedhar Lal Manandhar and Kiran Shrestha-were also unveiled at the meet. The Award of Excellence honours individuals who have dedicated their lives to the growth of Nepali photography and will be handed out during the opening of the fest at Patan Durbar Square on Oct 21. Veteran photographer Mani Lama had been honoured in the last iteration of the award in 2015.

This year’s festival will see a total of 12 print exhibitions, seven slide-show nights, 14 artist talks and panels, six workshops, and a mixed-media residency. Fifty-two photographers, curators, editors and art practitioners from 22 different countries will participate in the festival.

Though without one particular theme, Photo Kathmandu 2016 will feature works that speak to ideas of resilience and revival. Through the works, the festival will examine how the human spirit overcomes conflict, disasters or personal challenges, while presenting stories of survival and triumph from around Asia to the alleyways of Patan, the organisers said.

This year’s festival will be based out of 19 locations in Lalitpur and will also include an Arts and Education Program designed to give  visitors a deeper and more meaningful engagement with the festival’s programmes.

The festival will continue until Nov 3.