Sept 18

02:00pm –
02:50pm

Ngal Tsho Sa
OPENING CEREMONY BEGINS – POKHARA, NEPAL
Local vegan and animal rights activists, advocates, educators, celeb- rities, 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 Nepal 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 celebra- tion to mark the official start of this history-making event in Pokhara, Nepal!

Sept 18

03:00pm –
03:50pm

Ngal Tsho Sa
JANGSEM MONDAY
Meatless Monday has gained momentum all over the world. In Bhutan, it is known as “Jangsem Monday”. Jangsem actually trans- lates as “Bodhicitta” in the Sanskrit language, which is taught by the Buddha and Buddhist masters as the essence of enlightenment. Jangsem serves as reminder to think beyond yourself and to think of others. Learn about the journey, struggle and progress that Jangsem Monday has brought and experienced in Bhutan.

Speakers

  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan) Animal advocate and lm director & producer)

Sept 18

04:00pm –
04:50pm

Ngal Tsho Sa
ANIMAL RIGHTS IN BHUTAN
Mahatma Gandi had once said ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’. Known as the happiest as well as the only carbon negative country of the world, let’s discuss how far Bhutan has come on addressing animal rights. Assess the condition of animal rights and animal welfare in Bhutan, whether our fellow earthlings are protected by the law or the culture? Find your answers here.

Speakers

  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan) Animal advocate and lm director & producer)
  • Tshering Dorji (Animal Rights Activist, Director of Jangsa Animal Saving Trust, Actor and Film Director)
  • Tashi Payden Tshering (Founder & Executive Director of Royal Society for Protection and Care of Animals, Bhutan)
  • Namgay Zam (Journalist and Social Justice Activist)

Sept 18

05:00pm –
05:50pm

Ngal Tsho Sa
WHAT IS VEGANISM? WHY IS IT A BETTER DIET?
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.

Speakers

  • 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)

Moderator

  • Tshering Dorji (Animal Rights Activist, Director of Jangsa Animal Saving Trust, Actor and Film Director)

Sept 18

06:00pm –
06:50pm

Ngal Tsho Sa
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.

Speakers

  • 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)
  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president, Animal Nepal)
  • Asmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016 and vegan social activist)
  • Sanam Puri (Singer, Songwriter and Vegan Advocate)

Moderator

  • Namgay Zam (Journalist and Social Justice Activist)

Sept 18

07:00pm –
07:50pm

Nyal-Tso
WHAT THE PANDEMIC!
As we are on the tail end of one of the greatest disasters of our time, a journey of food habits and their connection to pandemics and epidemics that have caused destruction on the world throughout history. All we need to begin with are the baby steps with the im- plementation of a basic plant-based journey for a week or a month before committing entirely. By doing that you can understand how to prevent a future global catastrophe like the one that each one of us were no doubt affected by just a year ago.

Speakers

  • Dr. Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Healers and author)
  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)

Sept 18

08:00pm 

Thab-Tsang
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!