Phase 3 of RTA to be inaugurated this week
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.