Phase 3 of RTA to be in­au­gu­rated this week

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Staff Reporter from Thim­phu

Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck, the Royal Pa­tron and Chair­per­son of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Tex­tile Academy (RTA) will in­au­gu­rate the Phase 3 of the RTA in Chubachu, Thim­phu on Novem­ber 4-5.

The Phase 3 re­port­edly in­cludes pre­mium of­fice space, the rental in­come from which will be uti­lized to sus­tain the pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties of the RTA.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from RTA, the in­au­gu­ra­tion func­tions will also be at­tended by Her Royal High­ness Princess Ee­uphelma Cho­den Wangchuck; Dr. Fred­erik Paulsen, RTA’s Board Mem­ber and Prin­ci­ple Donor; mem­bers of the Board of the RTA, friends and donors from abroad, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in Thim­phu.

As part of the in­au­gu­ra­tion, an opera will be per­formed at the RTA Plaza at 5:45 pm on Sun­day.

Opera De Lau­sanne, a renowned Swiss opera house with over 140 years of the­ater ex­pe­ri­ence will be in Thim­phu to per­form “La serva padrona” (The Ser­vant Turned Mistress), ac­cord­ing to the RTA’s press re­lease. In ad­di­tion to in­vited guests, tick­ets are also be­ing sold for the per­for­mance.

The tra­di­tional open­ing will be­gin at the RTA Plaza at 3:30 pm on Mon­day. Her Majesty the Gya­lyum will be de­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress fol­lowed by distribution of prizes to win­ners of the An­nual Na­tional De­sign and Arts Com­pe­ti­tion 2018, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

This na­tional level com­pe­ti­tion is re­port­edly be­ing or­ga­nized by the RTA and the Tex­tile Mu­seum ev­ery year to con­trib­ute to pro­mot­ing the unique arts and crafts of Bhutan by en­cour­ag­ing and pro­vid­ing a be­fit­ting plat­form and recog­ni­tion to ar­ti­sans un­der the Royal Pa­tron­age of Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck.

This will be fol­lowed by in­au­gu­ra­tion of two ex­hi­bi­tions; Prize win­ning pieces from the An­nual Na­tional De­sign and Arts Com­pe­ti­tion and an Ex­clu­sive Ex­hi­bi­tion on Beaded Thangkas by Mr. Ten­der Kun­chok from In­dia.

The pro­gram will then con­clude with a dance drama per­for­mance on the theme “The Four Friends”, created and directed by Ms. Charmi Cheda.

Mean­while, the Royal Tex­tile Academy of Bhutan is a regis­tered Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion founded un­der the Royal Pa­tron­age of Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck in May 2005. The Academy is ded­i­cated to pre­serve and pro­mote the unique tex­tile arts of Bhutan.

Lo­cated at Chubachu, Thim­phu, the RTA presently in­cludes the Tex­tile Mu­seum and the Weav­ing and Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre.

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