Stories on Arts & Design

VHT is an online event where you are able to discover a multitude of tours, talks and other events in your city and at the same time, you will be able to interact with heritage and celebrate culture despite the epidemics of COVID-19. We appreciate art, architecture, food, nature, museums and social causes in the form of a heritage tour. We are looking for people like you to curate tours which open interactions with local heritage and culture. Organizations, institutions and individuals are welcome to apply. It will facilitate online heritage tour series where you can read articles, watch videos, listen to interviews and browse image galleries. You can learn about traditions, practices and rituals, institutions, people, built spaces, historic sites and natural spaces through the tour. The tour will be led online by locals, experts, scholars and researchers, the events will not just tell stories, but also help one discover, learn and experience the vibrant heritage.

Virtual Heritage Tour - Seven Summits

Empowering Women

A group of Nepali women mountaineers started their journey by ascending Mt Everest in May 2008. This led them to complete scaling all the 7 Summits by 2014. The group became the first all-women team to do have climbed the seven tallest mountains of each continent. 

The Virtual Heritage Tour is titled Seven Summits and will be led by Shailee Basnet. In the tour, she will be sharing some of the hard-earned insights learned both on and off the mountains.

Shailee Basnet is the leader of the ‘Seven Summits Women Team’. With her team, she is now leading a programme to help train young female survivors of trafficking to become trekking guides. 

REGISTER to participate:


Friday, August 28, 2020

5:00 pm NPT

VHT Leader: Shailee Basnet
*This session will be conducted in the English Language followed by the sign language.


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VHT Past Series

Series 06 - VHT Saipal: A Cultural Story

Virtual Heritage Tour Saipal led by Bhoj Raj Bhat. In the tour, he guided us on the cultural and natural attractions. Bhoj Raj Bhat, a resident of the far-west and the journalist cum movie maker, known for his documentary ‘Sunakali’ and the director of the expedition Mission Saipal, a mission to bring a social change in that community by liberating the women from discrimination in the Saipal region.

Series 05 - Dhe: A Moving Story

Dhe villagers are struggling with their traditional modes of subsistence due to the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events linked to climate change and environmental degradation in the region. Dwindling natural resources and the speed of the change are further affecting the resilience of the community. Their indigenous knowledge and adaptive techniques are becoming insufficient, and thus ineffective, forcing both individuals and communities to migrate elsewhere for survival as the last resort… Dhe: A Moving Story.

Series 04-Everest: Sherpa and the Himalayas

International Everest Day has been observed on 29th May by the world’s highest Everest summiteer for a maximum number of times Kami Rita Sherpa. He has taken a tour to his native land Thame Village, Sherpas traditions, their history in the Everest expedition to celebrate this year’s International Everest Day.  

International Mt Everest Day is celebrated in Nepal and other countries around the world to convey the message to the world about tourism in Nepal, mountaineering expeditions and other adventure activities in Nepal. Sixty-seven years ago, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain. 

Series 03 - Lumbini: Birthplace of the Buddha

Lumbini, in the western Tarai plains of Nepal, is popular as the birthplace of Buddha. The only UNESCO cultural heritage site outside Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini has many beautiful monuments and shrines built with the help of devotees from around the world. The main attraction in Lumbini is the sacred garden accommodating the Maya Devi temple depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, the Tank where Maya Devi is supposed to have taken a bath before the baby was born and the Ashoka Pillar pointing Buddha’s birthplace and other holy sites all around the place. A visit to sacred Lumbini definitely ensures peace of mind and the principles of Buddha and PEACE is what our world needs today more than anything else. A symbol of unity in diversity, Lumbini is regarded as the fountain of world peace.

In honour of Lord Buddha – the light of Asia, Buddha Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Buddha is celebrated in Nepal every year during May. All the devotees throng to the Buddhist stupas, especially Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu and pay homage to Lord Buddha. People also travel to Lumbini for special worship on this very day by chanting prayers and burning butter lamps.

ANIL CHITRAKAR is a social entrepreneur, freelance consultant and a columnist. He regularly gives inspirational talks on development. He has served as a member of the City Planning Commission of Kathmandu, where he focused his efforts on reviving the urban heritage, environmental management and social development within the city. He has worked in many fields and in many countries but has consistently been seen as a leader and an innovator. 

Series 02 - Barpak: Stories from Epicenter

Nepal experienced a major earthquake – with epicentre in Gorkha district's Barpak – on April 25, 2015, which triggered the huge loss of lives and property, unprecedented in the country’s history. Almost the entire Barpak was flattened, with huge loss of lives and property. 

Bir Bahadur Ghale will take us on tour and shared how the Barpak community, the epicentre of the quake, rebuilt Barpak. He explained the steps of the rebuilding process and how they are dreamt to make Barpak a sustainable town in future. Bir Bahadur Ghale is an Ashoka Fellow and energy access entrepreneur based in Barpak, the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. He is a revered community leader of Barpak where people know him for his work of electrifying the village through a micro-hydro plant in the 1990s. Barpak has constructed several micro-hydropower plants for many communities across the country. After the earthquake, Bir Bahadur Ghale was actively engaged in relief and temporary shelter management in the village. He is now engaged in preparing a master plan for the rebuilding of Barpak.

Series 01 – Bagmati Promenade: Thapathali to Teku Dovan

StoryCycle, have been able to bring in community leaders, youth leaders and government leaders in one place and their support for the campaign further in the future. We were able to build a strong relationship with the Ward Chairperson-11 and City Planning Commission of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City(KMC) and have pledged to contribute to our efforts to create situational analysis reports regarding Thapathali-Teku Stretch. A detailed mapping and digital documentation have been carried out which covering the cultural and religious sites. Through these heritage walks, we are aiming at making the local community and commuters aware of the preservation and promotion of culture and natural heritage. These walks will also mobilise the youth, engage and integrate them into the movement for sustainable conservation with the aid of technology. 

A thorough report on Teku Thapathali was done in 1993 under a British researcher, John Sanday. It is obvious that there has been a lot of changes in the structure and the community itself.




A three-week exhibition of art, craft and multimedia with the title of “Nepal Show 2017” has been open for public. The exhibition will support the artist from Nepal who are affected by the earthquake.  

Chairman of Rotary Foundation Paul Lucas, President of Art Council Fort Worth, Karen Wiley, Director of Story Cycle USA Ram Pokhrel and Curator/Founder Story Cycle Saurav Dhakal Jointly  inaugurate the Nepal Show 2017 : Opening at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX.  

Chairman of Rotary Foundation Paul Lucas said “It's very impressive work to promote traditional knowledge and save skillset to rebuilding process, this show definitely encourage artiest for their work”

President of Art Council Fort Worth Karen Wiley said “ I am   delighted with the artistic work done by Nepali artist in a very creative way. Storytelling through art is universal language and it   is the best way to share to the world”

StoryCycle in association with Fort Worth Community Arts Center ( and Crafted in Kathmandu  organise , a three-week exhibition of art, craft and multimedia that will run from from April 07 - April 26. Beside sunday it will be open from 9 am to 5 pm whole day.

Curator of the show, Saurav Dhakal, said, “We are trying to promote storytelling using arts, crafts and multimedia and this is first experiment for us to showcase such multiple approach for storytelling. This show will help to promote artists and also promote Nepal’s positive image in the world.”       

Nepal is a country with rich tradition of crafts, both secular and religious. Men and women create these crafts like their forefathers have done for centuries. They continue to exhibit a high level of skill passed on from one generation to another. They still use primitive tools and work in very rudimentary settings, yet the results are exquisite. Little is known of these people and the workshops and studios where they create these arts and crafts.

Nepal is undergoing significant development in social, economic and environmental fields and as a result these crafts are at risk of dying out. Young people who are instrumental in bringing about these changes aspire to the values of the developed nations and they no longer want to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers as crafts practitioners. For this reason, the time to record the life and work of this unique group of people is running out. It is thus important to raise awareness about the work of these people and record it on time.

The exhibition project will be on show in the United States from April 07 - April 26, 2017. We will present the life and work of these people through photographs, written documentation, videos and physical objects. The presentation will provide a holistic view of the fine arts and crafts as they are at this point.


Art : Show have a collection of artworks from our Everest StoryCamp that was led by artist RK Thapa ( ). Recently, we conducted Dumja Art Camp with a team of young artists led by Surem Deshar , which will be showcased at the show. We have a few collection of traditional Thanka paintings by Tasi Lama and Juni Lama.

Craft : Show have a collection of crafts with the theme ‘When Heritage falls, Artists Rise’  from the team of Crafted in Kathmandu ( and a few collection of crafts made at the Early Childhood  Development Center.   

Photograph : collected a number of photo  stories from the StoryCamps and Build Camps. There are  selected pictures from these camps. Major Pictures are from Lamjung Areas by Nabin Baral

Cover Story : This is the new and interesting section where our storyteller Saurav Dhakal will share the story of 6 personalities Apa Sherpa, Anil Chitrakar, Mahabir Pun, Bir Bahadur Ghale , Pusha Basnet and Pushkar Sah.    

Kids Art : We are showcasing and launching the art/painting prepared by Shreeya Pokhrel and Rawdeep Pokhrel titled Colorful Brain

StoryCycle based in USA and Nepal (a storytelling platform that encourages people from grassroots to tell their stories and bring change in society) organised a series of events in the USA. We organised “Apa Sherpa and Stories from Everest” in California in February 2015 and “Stories from Epicenter and Beyond” in Washington DC in October 2015

Fort Worth Community Arts Center

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