Nepal Fair Hobart 2020 shows rising strength of Nepalese diaspora in the island state

Nepal Fair Hobart 2020: An unidentified woman in traditional Nepalese attire I Photo: Sathi Australia/Facebook

2 March 2020 I Despite the chimera of coronavirus somewhat dampening people’s urge to go out and party, organisers of Nepal Fair Hobart 2020 claim the event has once again received encouraging attention from the wider Tasmanian communities as well as from the local media.

Associates of Everest Magazine, the people behind the Nepal Fair Hobart which is aimed at promoting Nepal and Nepalese culture, say approximately 3500 people attended Saturday’s event held at the Hobart Brewing Company. Dr Keshab Bhattarai, Marketing Director of Everest Magazine and a Hobart resident, says the turn-out was far better than expected given the not-so-festive public mood at the moment.

Nepal Hobart
Photo Courtesy: StormCrow Framework, Facebook
The profile of the event has grown teremendously since last year with the one-day cultural event attracting significant attention of the local media including the ABC Radio and The Mercury, Dr Bhattarai added, “We were featured by ABC Radio few times and even Tourism Tasmania shared our flyers.” 

Both last year and this year, the Nepal Hobart Fair attracted an even mix of Australians and Tasmanian residents of Nepalese origin. And that’s exactly what the organisers hoped for because promoting Nepal among Australians has always been the driving objective of the Fair.

This year’s Nepal Fair Hobart has had some high-profile participation too. Nepal’s ambassador to Australia Mahesh Raj Dahal, Tasmania’s Attorney-General Elise Archer and Hobart’s Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds participated and spoke at the Fair.

Punam Panta, Project Manager for Nepal Fair Hobart 2020, said that the Nepalese fair in Tasmania was envisaged to purely promote Nepal – not make profit. “So we have organised the event twice already and we have made no profit out of it,” she stated.

She says the credit for the successful event this year went to hard-working Everest Magazine team members who worked hard for weeks after weeks to make the fair as successful as it has been.

Nepalese are a fast-growing migrant community in Australia and Tasmania is not an exception.

As minister Elise Archer said during her speech on Saturday, Nepalese language is the second most spoken foreign langauge in Tasmania – the first being Mandarin.

So what did Australians enjoy at the Nepal Fair?

Stalls showcasing Nepalese food and culture were the main attractions for non-Nepalese visitors while momos, Hyper Band and DJ Nutcase kept the young Nepalese youths, mostly international students, waltzing right to the end of the festive day.

Minister Elise Archer spoke highly of the fast-growing Nepalese population in Hobart. She said it was “wonderful” to have Nepalese people in the island enriching the state’s multicultural fabric. She was very appreciative of the effort put in by the Everest Magazine team to organise the event.

Nepalese ambassador to Australia, Mahesh Raj Dahal I Photo: Trijan Photography, Facebook
Lord Mayor of Hobart Anna Reynolds I Photo: Punam Panta
Minister Elise Archer I Photo: Punam Panta
NRNA Australia president Keshab Kandel I Photo: Trijan Photography

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