WORLD KIDS FESTIVAL 2019 in NepalNepal

The attractive qualities of Nepal and the world, and a day filled with the smiles and radiance of children.

With the stage set at Nepal’s Kathmandu, we held a festival where the children of inner cities, mountainous regions, and poverty areas, where all children could become closer to the world around them. Expanding viewpoints, potentials, and choices in their minds, we wished for them to be encountered with the new world and their potential standing right in front of them. By collaborating with the local JOCV, NPO, corporations, schools, and locals, it was a day where the appeal and beauty of not only Kathmandu, but the beauty of the world and the shine of the children’s smile shone through.

In charge of: Sponsor | Planning | Produce | Direction | Space | Organize | Film | Music | Design
Genre: FESTIVAL | NPO・NGO | Local | Developing Country | Children | Education | Family | Event | Tech | Animation | Music | Cultural Exchange
Kathmandu, Nepal
Founding of the country 1768 Major Cities Kathmandu(1 million people) / Pokhara(426,000 people)
Official Name Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal(Known as Nepal) Major Languages Nepali(Official language) etc.
Area 148,000㎢(0.39 times that of Japan) People Parbate Hindu, Magars etc.
Population 28.7 million people(Asian Development Bank) Religion Hinduism, Buddhism etc.
Capital Kathmandu(1 million people) Currency 1 Nepalese rupee(Rs)= 0.90 JPY / 1 dollar = 116.81 Nepalese rupee
Political system Federal Democratic Republic Industrial distribution Agriculture and forestry, Trade / Wholesale business, Transportation / Communication industry
Project Information
Title: WORLD KIDS FESTIVAL 2019 in Nepal
Produced & Sponsored by: WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.
Supported by: JICA Nepal
Brihaspati Vidyasadan
Kids of Kathmandu
Otaku Next
International Otaku Expo Association
Bancha Pariwar
Aikido Aikikai Association, Nepal
JCCN (Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Nepal)
Craft’s Souvenir
Women’s Skills Development Organization
Cerebral Palsy Parents Group
Cafe U
Team Kazuya
Little Flowers Public School
Tribhuvan University Bishwa Bhasha Campus
NPO Youme Nepal
Doorkel Inc.
Dot Life, Ltd.
& Organizer:
Yuki Kondo (WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.)
Shunya Awamura (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, JOCV)
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Place: Brihaspati Vidyasadan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Participant: About 1000 people
What: Local × The world’s attractions!
A festival where children can interact closer with the world and expand upon their views, potential, life choices, and encounter a new world and their own attractive qualities.
Who: the children of Nepal
Aim: Directed towards the children of Nepal, by incorporating content that has little opportunities to be brought up during normal school education, we aimed to provide a spark for the children to widen their viewpoints, imagination, and horizons. By doing so, we hope that it has given them a chance to feel closer to the world and open up their future life choices and to discover “How Wonderful” the world is.
Contents: 1. Musical Instrument Experience / Music Session Booth
2. Music session and performance
3. Wa-daiko performance
4. WORLD FESTIVAL Photo & Film exhibition booth -Everyday life in the world
5. “You are the bridge of the world” Project
6. Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Exhibition
7. Skeletal specimen Exhibition
8. Marble art
9. VR Journey to Wonder Nepal
10. Spray Art Experience
11. IMAGINATION LIVE PAINT – Draw your imagination on a big canvas!
12. Idea Paint Booth
13. Drawing Workshop
14. Let’s make egg candles
15. Let’s make a world literature map
16. Welcome to WKF tree
17. Manga Workshop
18. Wishes Tree – Write&Hang your wishes on the tree
19. Crafts
20. World’s Play Ground
21. Extreme gymnastics experience
22. Make-up with Hologram, Seal, Paint “Discover new self”
23. Henna Tattoo “with motif of heart, star, etc..”
24. Original Hair-extension Handicraft with strings and rubber
25. Traditional “Budo” performance (Judo)
26. Traditional “Budo” performance (Iaido)
27. Traditional “Budo” performance (Aikido)
28. Traditional dance performance
29. Extreme gymnastics performance
30. Who am I? Guess the animals from the sounds they make!
31. How to make a pinned specimen of a stag beetle
32. Rokta paper notebook, Picture book, Paint
33. Hemp Bag、Goods & Accessories
34. Natural Grass Bloom
35. Bag, Clothes
36. Panipuri
37. Japanese foods
38. Okonomiyaki
39. Cafeteria
40. Poggimo – Solar × WIFI
Film Producer & Director: Yuki Kondo (WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.)
Camera: Yuki Kondo (WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.)
Edit: Yuki Kondo (WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.)
Yurika Nakazawa (WORLD FESTIVAL Inc.)
Note: In Nepal, there remains the problem of the disparity of education between the city and rural areas, and school educational programs themselves. As they are not directly to proceeding to higher education or exams, emotional education such as art, physical education and music are rarely conducted. This means that there are not enough opportunities for children to touch upon the various aspects of the world, and independently think, feel, and learn.
Moreover, Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual nation, with the foundation of respect between ethnicities and religious views, and the culture of each have their own unique attractive qualities. However, although publicly there is no Caste system in place, in rural areas that are conservative there are cases where there remains racial consciousness between people. This narrow view, along with the lack of opportunities to be exposed to new ideas, is a problem that Nepal is burdened with.
With this in mind, we planned and conducted an event partnering with various Japanese and Nepalese corporations, NGOs, and educational institutions. The aim of this event was to allow children and youth to be exposed to the natural occurrences (local) around them and see the connection with the wide world, expanding their viewpoints. This was done through experiencing the “fun” factor of entertainment and creativity from music, art, dance, architecture, design, science (including media art), and media.
The concept was “Local × The world’s attractive qualities!” If they were to find out everyday natural occurrences around them are actually “connected to the ideas and attractions worldwide”, and “by combining them, how much potential can be unleashed”, we believed that things far away and are difficult to understand at first glance would become more familiar to them. Moreover, by facing the world, we thought it would be a renewed opportunity to see the attractions of traditions, culture, land that Nepal possesses, and would be a spark to realize the respectability and attractions that they touch upon every day, and their potential. On the day of the event, with assistance from Japanese aids, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, local students and aids, various content was put on display, with a focus on art, music, creation, exhibitions, sports. 40 of such content was created together with the children. On the day, with some coming from locations several hundred kilos away from Kathmandu, 15 schools participated, and the student attendees was over 1000 individuals.
For those children who will carry the future, by experiencing “the importance of connection”, a budding mind of “accepting and expanding on one another’s good qualities”, this will lead to a society where individuals can respect and accept one another. We sincerely wish that the children who participated will create such a future.