OPENING CEREMONY BEGINS – THIMPHU, BHUTAN
Local vegan and animal rights activists, advocates, educators, celebrities, chefs, conservationists, environmentalists, organizers, athletes, and plant-based entrepreneurs are joined by delegates from over 27 countries to launch the Himalayan Vegan Festival celebrations in Thimphu, Bhutan. The opening ceremony marks the official launch of the biggest vegan event ever in Bhutan and the start of the first-ever Himalayan Vegan Festival. The festive celebrations this evening include live music & dance performances, special cultural programs, two fantastic workshops on the benefits of a plant-based diet for health, the environment, and animals, and a fabulous vegan feast of local Himalayan delicacies. Don’t miss out on this landmark celebration to mark the official start of this history-making event in Bhutan!
WHAT IS VEGAN?
Vegan, veganism, and plant-based – being you’ve heard these words, now learn what they all mean!
Will I get enough protein, where will I get my calcium, can I still play sports and be strong? How
does what I eat really impact the environment and climate change? And even if it all sounds good –
how can I afford it both economically, and physically? Is it just a trending diet for the rich and
celebrities? These and many more questions are answered in an in-depth conversation with some
of the region’s and world’s leading experts who explore the health, environmental, ethical, and
affordable benefits of a plant-based diet – which has a lot more to offer us than most people think.
- Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director, and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)
- Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan), Animal advocate and film director & producer)
- Dr. Nandita Shah (Award-winning author and disease prevention advocate)
- Ken Spector (Head of marketing and key principal at HappyCow – the largest vegan/vegetarian website in the world)
- Kuntal Joisher (Vegan Mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter)
- Tshering Dorji (Animal Rights Activist, Director of Jangsa Animal Saving Trust, Actor and Film
THE RISE OF VEGAN ACTIVISM IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION
Being vegan is much more than just about what you eat. By being vegan or eating more plant-
based foods, you not only can help your own health, but also the environment around you. And
there are many more benefits as well. To be vegan is to be an activist simply by leading by
example. It is about planting seeds and educating those around you which is key to successful vegan activism. This evening we will discuss the rise of vegan activism in the Himalayas and what’s
the best ways to help create a more compassionate community around you.
- Shova Bhujel (Vegan Advocate and Plant-Based Food Blogger)
- Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan), Animal advocate and lm director & producer)
- Suresh Sharma (World Vegan Organisation Nepal Chair, Himalayan Vegan Festival Chair)
- Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
- Shristhi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president, Animal Nepal)
- Ashmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016 and vegan social activist)
- Sanam Puri (Singer, Songwriter and Vegan Advocate)
- Namgay Zam (Journalist and Social Justice Activist)
OPENING CEREMONY DINNER
Special vegan feast of Himalayan delicacies from across the region all 100% veganized for this
absolutely delicious plant-based celebration in the heart of Thimphu!