SAARC Cultural Capital

The city of Thimphu in the SAARC Member State of Bhutan was decalred the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2018, at an auspicious and traditional opening ceremony on the 31st of May 2018. The Exhibition of Handicrafts was also declared open following the official ceremony.

The Chief Guest  for the event was the  honorable chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan, Tashi Dorji.  H.E. the Secretary General of SAARC graced the occasion and addressed the gathering. The Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre, the Director General of the Ministry of Cultural and Home Affairs, Directors from the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, distinguished delegates from ministries of the SAARC Member States, staff from the SAARC Cultural Centre and the participants from the Member States for the Handicraft Exhibition were in attendance.

It was a marvellous celebration and display of culture in Bhutan and was a most successful and creative opening ceremony, including a SAARC parade of participants from the SAARC Member States and the performance of the especially composed SAARC theme song.

The programme will conclude on the 1st of June 2018.