Upcoming events

The Bhutan Society organises several events each year, in London and elsewhere, for Society members. The back catalogue of events can be found here.

The 2nd Annual Bhutan Film Evening

Tuesday 26th March 2019, 6pm (second half from 8pm)

The Polish Hearth Club, 55 Princes Terrace, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2PN

After an interesting journey seeking out talented Bhutanese filmmakers, we are excited to announce our 2019 film evening programme. The evening will feature two different screenings, starting at 6pm and 8pm. You are welcome to join us for either or both screenings.
6pm: 1st screening
The programme will start with a short animation ‘In the Park’, a tongue in cheek look at keeping up with modern technology, followed by an art house short, ‘The Song Of Silence’ about a deaf woman dealing with her interpretation of sound. The second animation ‘Dawbutshu’, is a Bhutanese folktale exploring friendship. This will be followed by a documentary montage of vintage photos and archived filmed footage with a commentary from Margaret Williamson's book, ‘Memoires Of A Political Officer’s Wife’. Finally, a short, 'Go Vegetarian’, reflects on the Buddhist values of the sanctity of life.
7pm: break for dinner
N.B. The Polish Hearth Club is offering a one or two course meal in the interval. Those interested should call the Club on 020 7589 0101 to book a table.
8pm: 2nd screening
The programme will continue with a very short animation, made for an IT assignment by a student at Paro Collage, called 'The Extinction Of The Yeti’. This will be followed by our feature film, ‘The Next Guardian’, a documentary filmed in 2017 about the complexity of contemporary life in Bhutan, and the divisions and aspirations between generations.

Members and Bhutanese Honorary Members are welcome to bring guests - the more support we get the better next year will be! Guests will be asked for a £10 donation and/or encouraged to join the Society.
Please contact Elizabeth Jacobson at tookiej@btinternet.com if you wish to attend so that we have enough seats for everyone.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

Annual General Meeting

Monday 8th April 2019, 6:00 pm

The National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Please join us for the Society’s Annual General Meeting. After the AGM there will be a brief break followed by several short talks by Bhutanese students in the UK (7pm start).
As usual, members' guests will be encouraged to join the Society or consider a £10 donation.

Presentations by Three Current Post-Graduate Students
We are delighted that Dorji Lhamo, Kesang Tshokey and Yedzin Tobgay will join us to speak about their courses in the UK and how these are relevant to their work and plans in Bhutan.
Ms Dorji Lhamo is a Chevening Scholar reading for an MA in International Education and Development at Sussex University. In this course she is focusing on foundations of education policy and on gender and identities as she sees these as most relevant to her work in Bhutan. Dorji has been a planning officer with the Royal University of Bhutan for some twelve years now involving her in the tertiary education roadmap, national education policy and the current Five Year Plan.
Ms Kesang Tshokey is also a Chevening Scholar who is studying for an MA in Public Administration at Exeter University. Her role in Bhutan is as a programme officer with the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. She has been much involved in planning for women in rural enterprises and with opportunities for young people in commercial agriculture. She also hopes to continue work on a fitness program for young working mothers which she had initiated a few months before coming to the UK.
Ms Yedzin Tobgay is the first recipient of the Bhutan King’s Scholarship at the University of Cambridge offered by the Cambridge Trust and the Kidu Foundation; she is at St John’s College studying for an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. Back home she has worked in a variety of roles, including an internship with the Prime Minister’s Office, as a reporter with Business Bhutan and also with the Loden Foundation. She wishes to contribute to the public sector in Bhutan, improving gender equality, enhancing democracy and expanding inclusivity.

Previous events

On 29th October 2018 Dorji Wangchuck spoke to the Society on Bhutan's Elections in 2018, the third cycle of parliamentary elections to take place in the country. His excellent presentation may be read here.