obwald 2012, festival of popular culture: bhutan & appenzell

This is a great occasion to get to know this exotic kingdom, that lives its isolated life high on Himalaya. The kingdom of Bhutan is this years guest country at Obwald, festival of popular culture. It’s state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and religion and popular culture in Bhutan are one. Very spiritual, it works hard on preserveing its own unspoiled tradition and great culturale heritage and it is still unreachable to most visitors. The monks from Tashichhiedzong, buddhist monastery in the city of Thimpu, are leaving the the country for the first time this year and will perform bhutanese sacral music for the visitors of this festival. 

At the same time this festival is hosting Appenzell as a guest region, with its own, to us more familiar, music traditions. 

This cultural clash and contrast in tradition of two mountainous places from the opposite sides of the world will definitely result in a curious and experience worth seeing and hearing. 

Tickets are available at: Post, SBB, Manor, Coop City, LZ Corner, Kulturfenster Sarnen,  Heggli Reisen, BEO Tickets, Obwaldner Kantonalbank or online.

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Pictures by Marianne Müller & Nik Spoerri

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