YOUNG ZOOM on Garbage – The Festival


YOUNG ZOOM on GARBAGE – The Festival was officially opened on 26th August 2010 by the Minister of Works and Human Settlement, Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba along with the Opposition leader Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay. A 4 day festival co-sponsored by Bhutan Foundation, City Corporation and VAST Bhutan.

Welcome to YOUNG ZOOM on GARBAGE – An Art Festival
by Depkia

Not the ideal conversation starter in our minds, in fact, the last thing in most of our minds. But as we go on living life everyday, not speaking of garbage very much, it is a problem creeping out of gutters into lanes, bursting out of landfill sites, clogging drains, dispersing in the wind with pollen and apple blossoms.



We at VAST Bhutan spoke about garbage for a while, because it is not something you can ignore. We have been thinking about it, collecting it, taking pictures of it, and making works of art with it, for the past few weeks. And all that has resulted in this Art Festival,where we hope to show you that garbage is something that you should be thinking about too.


Waste in Bhutan is a significant and growing environmental problem. The household wastes- plastics, pet bottles, clothes and shoes, paper, cardboard, construction debris, and many many things we don’t use anymore, are dumped in streets, streams, rivers and forests. And with more than 30% of the Bhutanese now living in urban areas, the problem can only grow worse.


Reports indicate that the municipal authorities in Thimphu and Phuentsholing collect 37 and 25 tons of solid waste on an average, three times more than what was collected in 1998. Find out what you can do to help reduce this unsightly problem.


The exhibition is hosted by VAST in collaboration with the following Partners:

  • Thimphu City Corporation
  • RBG Aums
  • Police Aums
  • Jungshi Paper Factory
  • Early Learning Centre
  • Tiny Toes
  • Happy Valley
  • HeHe
  • Yudruk Biking Club
  • Thimphu Primary School
  • Greener Ways
  • BBSC
  • Pelkhil Higher Secondary School
  • Green Prints
  • Business Bhutan
  • Happy Green Corporative
  • Ghayul Garden
  • Ugentsu Communication
  • And Bhutan Foundation


  • Dasho Peljor J Dorji
  • Lyonpo Pema Jamtsho
  • Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay
  • Mam CJ
  • Mam Deki Choden
  • Mam Shoko San
  • Aum Tsiyangzo
  • Aum Sonam Om of Yudruk
  • Aum Choki of Dechencholing
  • Ms.Regina Deluise
  • Chogyal Wangdi of Wangdi LPG
  • Uncle U Wangdi
  • Papa Kama
  • Ms. Dechen Roder
  • Dhendup Dorji
  • Nono
  • Xochitl
  • Rabecca
  • Ap Phub Dorji of Kabisa
  • Aum Dhan Maya from Dagana
  • Aum Kunzang Dema
  • Mam Kueron
  • Mam Cara Foster
  • Ap Peter
  • Atta Sonam Phuntsho
  • Clock Tower Local Children
  • Ms. Deki, MUSK
  • Aum  Sonam om of Yudruk
  • Wangchuk Wangdi of Thunder Dragon Tours
  • Dasho Tobgay Dorji of Gangtey palace
  • Mr. Rinzin Ongdra of Yudruk
  • And VAST Students and Volunteers

A very big THANK YOU to all the Volunteers, the wind beneath the VAST wings as always!!!

Stories elsewhere:

Ms. Deki, MUSK
Mr. Dominic, Mandala
Aum  Sonam om of Yudruk and Wangchuk Wangdi of Thunder Dragon Tours
Dasho Tobgay Dorji and Aum Genzing of Gangtey palace
Mr. Rinzin Ondra of Yudruk

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