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BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 26th – 28th April 2019
Proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – HH the 14th Dalai Lama

Brisbane’s 11th annual Festival of Tibet will be an event to remember, with something for everyone – discussion, art, music, intrigue and philosophy.

Kicking off on the evening of Friday April 26th, MYSTICAL TIBET brings together former Australian Greens leader and environmental activist Bob Brown in conversation with radio presenter, writer and journalist, Paul Barclay for a discussion about conservation, activism and resilience. The evening concludes with the Mystical Tibet concert featuring the superb Camerata, Queensland’s award-winning chamber orchestra in collaboration with renowned Tibetan musician, Tenzin Choegyal. Guaranteed to be an evening of inspiration and heartwarming enjoyment.

On Saturday April 27th, in what has become a Festival of Tibet tradition, 1000 STORIES will present a blend of exquisite artwork by Karma Phuntsok accompanied by the joyful, global sounds of fusion band Tibet2Timbuk2 and friends. With their music as inspiration, Karma will create a unique artwork in real time, while sharing personal stories and snippets of philosophy. This concert will also feature the debut of Tibet2Timbuk2’s long-awaited new album.

Over three days the Festival will also offer workshops, exhibitions, momo making, chakra healing, public talks, traditional Tibetan art, prayer flag painting for children and the creation of a superb sand mandala consisting of millions of grains of coloured sand. In a program of varied, engaging experiences, both free events and ticketed during the period of the Festival.

The 11th Festival of Tibet will once again raise much needed funds for Tibetans living in exile, with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Brisbane Powerhouse! 

Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse,Perfect Potion, Philip Bacon Galleries, The Yellow Church Yoga & Natural Health Centre and supported by Tibet Information Office, Chenrezig Institute, Chris Hooper Promotions, Himalayan Film Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Woodford Folk Festival, Good Fortune Trust, BEMAC, Tashi Delek Foundation.

From HH the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

I am very pleased to know that over the next three days a Festival of Tibet will be taking
place in Brisbane, Australia. I am always encouraged when, in addition to words of
support, people take active steps to help increase awareness of Tibet, her people and their
rich and peaceable culture. I would like to congratulate Tenzin Choegyal, who has been
organizing this Festival almost single-handed annually over the last ten years.
After almost sixty resilient years, Tibetans inside Tibet and those of us scattered in exile
continue to cherish the dream of freedom being restored in our homeland. But it is not only
Tibetans’ freedom we are concerned with. There is a great deal in Tibet’s spiritual culture
with its understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, its medical knowledge,
its peaceful outlook and respectful attitude to the environment that can be of widespread
benefit to others.

We have been successful on preserving these traditions and values so far, but in the long
term we can continue to maintain them in a dynamic way only if freedom prevails in Tibet.
And to achieve this we will need the continued support of the many friends we already
have around the world and many more. I feel sure that this Festival will provide an
opportunity for us to make many more friends and for those we have already to deepen
their understanding and appreciation of things Tibetan.

I understand that the festival will include a wide range of interesting and enjoyable
activities that will provide ample opportunity to explore and share the knowledge and
values that we Tibetans derived from ancient Indian thought. Based as it is on ethics,
wisdom, and compassion, Tibet’s peaceful, non-violent culture, is not only valuable to
Tibetans, it can also be conducive to the welfare of the 1.3 billion Chinese people and
many others in the world at large. Therefore, it is important that we make every effort to
preserve that culture and keep it alive.

I offer my greetings to everyone taking part in this year’s Festival of Tibet in Brisbane and
my prayers that not only will the occasion be a success, but also that everyone will enjoy it.

27 April 2018