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November 21st, 2012:

Mystical Tibet Concert

with Tenzin Choegyal and Camerata of St John’s

Sat 2 Feb 2013

Mystical Tibet Concert features Brisbane’s Camerata of St. John’s Chamber orchestra, Tenzin Choegyal and guest artist Taro Terahara and Tenzing Yeshi.

Camerata of St John’s, Queensland’s acclaimed professional chamber orchestra, is known for its stylish presentations and refreshing approach to both traditional and contemporary performances. Together, Tenzin Choegyal and Camerata perfectly capture the soul of Tibetan nomadic music and elevate it to even greater heights through sensitive and innovative interpretations.

They will be joined by master bansuri player, Taro Terahara, who creates music of intense beauty which both engages the mind and touches the heart. Traditionally trained performer Tenzing Yeshi will also join in the concert further enhancing this colourful musical tapestry.
Visy Theatre  Sat 2nd Feb 8:00pm $30($25con)
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Duration: 1hr 30mins

LHAKAR: for TIBET with Love Concert

Fri 1 Feb 2013

Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other!

Tibet2Timbuk2 (Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell) create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries. After T2T2, The Roaring Fire Choir will take to the stage.

A choir of 50+ voices led by renowned musical director Yani collaborates with Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal to create a truly inspiring performance, completing a magical evening. Rangzen means ‘freedom’ in Tibetan and the artists offer this concert in the unwavering hope for freedom.

**The Tibetan word “Lhakar” (ལྷག་དཀར་) translates literally as “White Wednesday,” as Wednesday is considered special by Tibetans because it is the Dalai Lama’s soul day (བླ་གཟའ་). Lhakar is a homegrown, Tibetan self-reliance movement that started after in the aftermath of the 2008 uprising. In spite of China’s intensified crackdown, Tibetans have embraced the power of strategic nonviolent resistance.

Visy Theatre  Fri 1st Feb 7:30pm $30($25con)
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Duration: 2hrs

Film/Forum – The State Oracle of Tibet

Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup

Thu 31 Jan 2013

The outstanding feature of this year’s Festival touches on the little-known tradition of Tibetan oracles.

An important part of the Tibetan way of life, oracles act as mediums between the physical and the spiritual realms and can be called upon as protectors and healers as well as to foretell the future. The most highly revered of these is the tradition of Nechung, the State Oracle of Tibet, whose spirit enters a Buddhist monk to give guidance to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

A film about the State Oracle of Tibet will be followed by an extraordinary opportunity to discuss the tradition of Nechung with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup himself, who is the present Nechung medium of the Chief Oracle of Tibet based in Dharamsala, India. Don’t miss this rare, never to be repeated event.
Powerhouse Theatre  Thurs 31st Jan 7:o0pm $25(con$20)
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Duration: 2hrs

All proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

State Oracle of Tibet Biography

Film ‘Olo – The Boy from Tibet’ and Festival Opening

Wed 30 Jan 2013

This is the touching story of Olo, a Tibetan boy who left his family, fled his home and country at the age of 6 and currently lives as a refugee in northern India.

Japanese film maker Kuku Minami first met Olo, now in his early teens, in the winter of 2009 and was touched by the boy with the clear eyes and innocent expression which gave little hint of his sad history. He decided to document the plight of Tibetan refugees and became absorbed in all aspects of the film from planning and casting to shooting on location in India and Nepal.

The film revolves around Olo’s nostalgia for his homeland as well as life in his new home in exile. “Many people in the world are forced to live like Olo and his friends,” Minami says. “I want as many people as possible to understand the reality.”
Visy Theatre  Wed 30th Jan 7:o0pm $15
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Duration: 120mins

2012 Festival Poster

Thank you for all those involved in this year’s Festival. It was a great succes Here are few videos of the festival made by Tempa la. enjoy in the side bar.

In its fourth year, sponsored by Perfect Potion and supported by Chenrezig Institute, Brisbane Powerhouse,  ATC, Qld Tibetan Community and Dalia Lama in Australia – the Brisbane Festival of Tibet offers five days of Tibetan culture where audiences can participate in Tibet’s unique, philosophy, arts and way of life. The Festival celebrates Tibetan heritage, founded on the principles of compassion and non-violence, while addressing the issues which continue to threaten the future of Tibet. We are committed to ensuring the world heritage of Tibet is never lost or forgotten.

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