Ethnic school holds cultural event in Adelaide


The Bhutanese Ethnic School (BES) organized a cultural and literary event on Nov. 2 at Farley Grove in Salisbury of Adelaide, South Australia.

Young children on cultural dress
Young children on cultural dress

The event was held to observe Dashain-Tihar amidst presentations of various literary and cultural flavors, and commemorate the 205th birth anniversary of one of the greatest poets of Nepali horizon Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota.

The event organized as an annual program of the school included the cultural aspects of the resettled Bhutanese community with songs, dances and items of traditional, cultural, linguistic, literary and ethnic importance.

The school said the event aimed at giving continuity to its annual cultural event that it started organizing from last year.

In the presence of guests Mr. Binh Nguyen, the Chairperson of the Ethnic School’s Association of South Australia Inc, Ms. Zoe Bettison MP, State Member for Ramsay, Ms. Ina Kusumaningrum from Embracing Diversity Salisbury, Chairperson of the Bhutanese Australian Association of SA, Mr Suren Ghalley and the Chairperson of the School Mr. Kamal Dahal, the cultural event embraced a presence of some 500 individuals.

Audience of the cultural event

Organized on the partial sponsorship of Nepali Grocery, Namaste Nepali Shop, Wagley Interprises, Indian Shop-Salisbury, GNG Auto repairs and from the personal contributions from Nick Champion, MP for Wakefield and showcasing the performances of the Ethnic school’s children and artists from within the community, the audience crowded in the Farley Grove hall were refreshed with more than 30 items for more than three hours. The organizers also arranged raffle system with prizes from the funds generated from the sponsors.

The Bhutanese Ethnic School (BES) is a Nepali language school established in the March of 2012 to educate the children of Bhutanese Community about their language, arts, culture and heritage.

Set up as a non-profitable value based institution by a handful of committed volunteers, it has around 90 students who take class every Saturday of week in St John’s Church.