About Khyentse James

The creative force behind internationally celebrated events, Khyentse James founded the Decibelle Music and Culture Festival, which has been covered by Spin Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and National Public Radio. Khyentse James also produced and directed the feature-length documentary film Coup d’Etat, which highlighted female musicians like Amy Ray, Miranda July, Kathleen Hanna, and Bahamadia.

In recent years, Khyentse James has staged the Voodoo Island: 1950’s Tiki Exotica Ball, the 1940’s White Christmas Ball, and the 1940’s WWII Era Ball, all of which are held in Boulder, Colorado. Each evening features period-appropriate live music along with dancing, entertainment, and great costumes. Proceeds from the events benefit the Spirit of Flight Center Colorado, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Khyentse James’ inspiration for these events comes from her grandparents, radio personalities who fell in love during World War II. She wanted to put on a celebration of that era and its heroes in their honor. The World War II Era ball was such a success that Ms. James went on to create the 1950’s Tiki Exotica Ball and the 1940’s White Christmas Ball. Coverage of her grandparents’ romance and the events themselves has appeared in media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, FOX31 Denver KDVR-TV, and The Dallas Morning News, as well as many other online news sites and local magazines.

Khyentse James studied at Boston University and Columbia College Chicago, where she earned an undergraduate degree and many accolades, including a President’s Scholarship, an Academic Excellence Scholarship, and an Outstanding Voluntary Service Award. In 2009, she obtained a Master’s degree from Naropa University in Engaged Buddhism and Environmental Studies. As part of her degree, Khyentse James obtained a certificate from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder and took second place in its Entrepreneurship Competition.


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