Brisbane’s 9th annual Festival of Tibet is a celebration of the resilience and optimism of a people and culture under threat. Founded on the principles of compassion and non-violence, this all-ages festival explores these universal themes through concerts, exhibitions, discussion and workshops.
For hundreds of years Tibet existed in the imagination of many, it was treated as this mythical land of Shangri-la, this Himalayan Utopia – a land of eternal bliss, isolated from the outside world. What this imagination shielded was the real, on-going inhumane atrocities committed by the Chinese leadership against the Tibetan people. The Chinese occupation and the sufferings of the Tibetan people and the subsequent wave of Tibetan refugees revealed the stark reality and revealed both its treasures and challenges for the world to see. The Festival of Tibet offers audiences the chance to experience this dichotomy of the beautiful cultural traditions of Tibet and its people as well as the expression of resistance to the Chinese occupation by sustaining and keeping this culture alive and allowing it to thrive despite the odds.
Not only does the Festival offer audiences varied and engaging experiences through its mix of free and ticketed events, it raises much needed funds for the Tibetan refugee community with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Villages schools in India.
Witness the creation of a superb Sand Mandala from millions of grains of coloured sand, learn to cook Tibetan dumplings, paint, meditate, contemplate and be swept up in beautiful music – the Festival of Tibet offers something for everyone.
Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse, Philip Bacon Galleries, Perfect Potion, Chris Hooper Promotions, The Yellow Church Yoga & Natural Health Centre and supported by Tibet Information Office, Tibetan Cultural Centre, Himalayan Film Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute and BEMAC.