Nepal Art Village
Nepal Art Village is a privately registered company dedicated to creating a future world heritage city that draws inspiration from the past. Centered around Living Art, our foundation is built upon the symbiotic relationship between art, artists, and clients. Situated in Chhampi, Phishing Phaant, ward no 9 of Godavari Municipality, our mission is to empower young artists by showcasing the potential for an improved quality of life through traditional art. Committed to environmental sustainability, Nepal Art Village aims to become a zero-carbon city, harmonizing with its natural surroundings.
Major Zones at Nepal Art Village
- Heritage Zone
- Residential Area
- Commercial Area
- Kalagram Area
- Garden Centre
So why are we building the Nepal Art Village?
- First of all Nepalis and the whole world are proud of the 7 UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley that our ancestors built. The question we are asking today is, “Should we also build a site that will be a future world heritage site?” We have the knowledge and skills, we can mobilise the resources. So why not leave our legacy for future generations to be proud of?
- Secondly, we want to create a space where the natural, social and built environment is conducive to what artists and creative people need to excel. We want to be healthy, ensure longevity and be able to lead a long productive life. Water, air forests, open spaces, walking and cycling lanes, and hike trails, all will help create the ideal space for creativity.
- People do not move to places where there are monuments and houses but to places where there is work, jobs and opportunities for gainful employment. At a time when 1 in 4 Nepalis have left the country and work abroad, we need to create work opportunities here in Nepal. Nepali art and craft is competitive and the world is our market. We shall also create jobs with traditional food, drinks, festivities and cultural events as well. Visitors and the services for them will all create work for the residents of the “village”. The dividend will be shared so that we can take care of everyone who invests in this unique project. In the future, we are already planning for similar projects across Nepal. We believe that heritage will unite Nepal.
What is the Nepal Art Village? What does it consist of?
The Nepal Art Village will have 4 very distinct areas by functions. The first will be a core heritage area where we shall display the best our artists can design and craft. This will be the main area that will draw visitors and be able to enjoy the best Nepali artists have to offer which will be known as the Heritage Zone.
The second will be a Residential Zone where there will be individual and collective housing designed in traditional styles but with all the modern amenities needed for comfort for everyone, especially children and the elderly. Water, waste, energy, and greenery will all be managed for zero negative impact and renewability. The extra rooms families have will be put online to generate income. We hope to offer more accommodation collectively than the largest hotels in Nepal.
The third will be for business or Commercial Zone which includes shops, restaurants, and coffee and tea shops. The whole place should become a vibrant marketplace to buy and sell the best Nepal has to offer in the most relaxing shopping experience. Art, craft, textiles, food, drinks, pickles to local dairy and vegetable products will be available. We plan to use the market to revive ancient recipes and a memorable dining experience.
The fourth area will be dedicated to workshops where artists, craftsmen, weavers and potters will all be able to do what they do best. We plan to make this into world-class workspaces with the best safety standards. All the needed inputs will be available with ease, and shipping and handling services will be there. Transport from and to the art village will be easy and convenient.
How are we building the Nepal Art Village? The achievement so far
The first task was to look for a good location and sufficient land. The Champi area of Godavari Municipality in southern Lalitpur was identified. The land has been bought and adjoining public land has been leased for the purpose.
Secondly, funds in the form of equity and loans have been mobilised. The numbers will keep changing and so will the value of what we have. These are available in our audit reports and bank statements at the NAV office.
The third is work in making the world’s largest mask which has begun and will be the centrepiece of NAV.