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Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla sound as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries. Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic. All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove.

Kyinzom Dhongdue

Kyinzom is a campaigner with Australia Tibet Council, an organisation that campaign for the human rights and democratic freedoms of the Tibetan people. The daughter of a noted Tibetan activist, Kyinzom grew up in Dharamsala and was schooled in the Tibetan Children’s Village. After studying at Delhi University, Kyinzom worked a journalist for the Times of India and The Asian Age. She has lived in Australia since 2006 and was the official reporter for the Dalai Lama’s 2011 Australian visit.

Tenpa Dugdak

Tenpa was born in Tibet, grew up in India and is now living in Sydney. With his partner, Karen- he started ‘the Tibet effect’ movement-to document and further the positive impact of the Tibet movement on humanity on every level – He returned to his birthplace in Tibet for the first time in 2007 with his family, since he escaped as a baby on his Mother’s back. The return has been compiled into a book titled ‘ Our Tibet which was published in 2008.


Sonam Norbu Dagpo

Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australasia was born in Tibet in 1956 and escaped to India in 1962. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Sonam has been a member of HH the Dalai Lama’s delegation to China from 2002 to 2008 and is a founding member of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and the Tibetan Young Buddhist Association.

Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso

Tsering T. Drungtso is a traditional Tibetan doctor graduated from Tibetan Medical and Astrological College (Men-Tsee-Khang) Dharamsala, India. He has been editor of many noted Tibetan magazines for health and well-being. He has a deep understanding of modern and traditional medicines and  travelled extensively around the globe for healing seminars. He was also awarded the status of Visiting Research Associate Scholar and member at the Darwin College, Cambridge, UK in 2005. Doctor Tsering is a compassionate traditional practitioner while keeping the values of changing modern world.

Tenzin Tsundue

Tenzin Tsundue is a poet, writer and Tibetan activist. He won the first-ever Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction in 2001. He has published three books to date, translated into several languages. Tsundue’s writings have appeared in various publications around the world including the International PEN, Outlook, and The Times of India. In 2002 the Indian edition of the international fashion magazine Elle, named him among ‘India’s 50 most stylish people’.

Tashi Lhunpo Monks Of TIBET

Tashi Lhunpo was founded by H.H. the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447. It is one of the four great monasteries of Central Tibet which was supervised and looked after by the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and has the glory of producing thousands of renowned scholars in the field of Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy. After the invasion of Tibet in 1959, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established at Bylakuppe in South India in 1972. The monastery has monks coming from Tibet and Himalayan regions like Spithi, Khunu, Ladakh, Ghashar and Sangkhar. At present there are over 250 monks including many Tulkus (reincarnate lamas). The monks have to go through year intensive program of study of both sutra and tantra, debate, and are instructed in the creation of sand mandalas and butter sculpture, ritual performance, music, chanting, dance and basic literary skills in Tibetan and English. Each monk must also complete a two to three month meditation retreat for each of the principal deities and protectors, in order to qualify to perform their rituals. The cycle of retreats might take up to six years to complete.

The Blue Buddha – Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine

This film is a journey into the heart of Tibetan medical practice and explores what it has to offer to today’s Western medicine. Followed by a Conversation on Remedies for Happiness  with traditional Tibetan doctor Tsering Thakchoe and Mr. Sal Battaglia (Perfect Potion founder).

Dr Thakchoe explains the use of meditation, medicinal herbs, incantations, mantras and blessings still employed by traditional Tibetan practitioners to treat a variety of physical and psychological ailments. Sal Battaglia discusses his passion for the art of aromatherapy and shares his approach to creating a holistic way of life.

Visy Theatre Thurs 2nd Feb 7pm $15  Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Summer Pasture

Summer Pasture is an intimate glimpse into the experiences of a young Tibetan family struggling to reconcile their traditional way of life with a rapidly modernising world. Rigid government policies have forced many nomadic families into permanent settlement in towns and cities and, according to the nomads, the world has entered duegnan – ‘dark times’. This feature-length documentary chronicles one summer with the family amidst this period of great uncertainty.

Visy Theatre  Wed 1st Feb 7pm $15  Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

RANGZEN: for TIBET with Love Concert

In a journey into the world of Tibetan chants and ritual dances, the Monks of Tibet perform sacred rituals which embody the essence of secret tantric teachings. Tenzin Choegyal draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create original and authentic musical compositions which uniquely express his cultural heritage. The Roaring Fire Choir of 50 voices with Tenzin, led by renowned musical director, Yani, presents an inspiring performance to complete a magical and moving evening of music.

Visy Theatre  Fri 3rd Feb 8pm $30 ($25con)   Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Planet BEMAC

Part of the Afternoon Planet series presented by BEMAC and Powerhouse for the Festival of Tibet, this free concert features the ever-popular Tibet2Timbuk2 and friends on the Turbine Platform.

Turbine  Sat 4th Feb 5pm FREE

The TIBET Effect

Be the first audience ever to experience the new collaborative work, The Tibet Effect, featuring Indian based Tibetan poet, author and activist, Tenzin Tsundue, the Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Katherine Philp (cello), Shen Flindell (tabla), Peter Hunt (trumpet) and Tenzin Choegyal (dranyen, flute, vocals). Through poetry, narrative, music and chant, The Tibet Effect opens a door to the Tibetan refugee experience, the hopes, fears and dreams of those who long for justice. Enlightening and often amusing, The Tibet Effect will certainly create ripples within all who witness it.

Tenzin Tsundue is an award winning author, poet and activist who resides in Dharamsala, India.  Named by the Indian edition of the fashion magazine Elle as one of India’s 50 ‘most stylish people of 2002’. He has published three books, his writings winning the Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction in 2001. The charismatic Tenzin Tsundue has been wearing his red headband for eight years and pledges not to remove it until Tibet is free.

Visy Theatre  Sat 4th Feb 8pm $30 ($25con)   Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Dva Ragaspace

Brisbane Powerhouse and BEMAC present: PLANET

February 5th 5pm – 7pm

Dva Raga Space

Do you have a taste for the exotic but can’t afford a world trip? That’s ok. We’re bringing the world to you. Join Dva (Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier) as they host our first Planet of 2011, they will be joined by Taro Terahara and Shen Flindell.

Taro Terahara is great command of sur (tuning) and lay (timing), with the ability to compose innovative taans and tihais on the spur of the moment. His music both engages the mind and touches the heart.

Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players, and is also very active in the thriving Indian music community of Japan. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment. They both to take you on a spiritual journey to start the year.

2010 Sydney Festival Overview

Festival of Tibet

Click below for Sydney Festival of TIBET program.

Festival of TIBET 19th – 21st Feb 2010
Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney
107 Norton St. Leichhardt NSW

Brisbane Festival of TIBET was a GREAT one thank you to all who came and made it an amazing  Festival… Please click the above to Sydney details.

FESTIVAL OF TIBET – a five-day festival that will engage the senses in a celebration of the unique music and sacred arts of Tibet. The Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet will create a stunning medicine Buddha SAND MANDALA and renowned artist Karma Phuntsok will exhibit his cutting edge contemporary Tibetan Paintings. A Discussion Panel featuring prominent environmentalists on “Climate change on the roof of the world: Why Tibet matters” will allow a stimulating exchange on the importance of protecting Tibet’s fragile environment. Kuzho Lama Geshe Tashi Tsering will give a public talk on ‘Seed of Compassion: The Art of Happiness.’ Each evening concludes with a different themed concert featuring Tenzin Choegyal, Tashi Lhunpo Monks of TIBET, The Australian Voices (prominent choral group), Trikaya (The Tibetan Book of the Dead) and Camerata of St John’s (string orchestra).

You will have the opportunity to join in a number of workshops throughout the festival. Paint your own Buddha with Karma Phuntsok, Tibetan Healing Mantra, Sound Healing, Tibetan Ritual Dance, Why Tibet? Grassroots Workshop and the Art of the Sand Mandala.

Please join us to celebrate this Festival of Tibet.

Tibetan Ritual Dance

Click below for Sydney Festival of TIBET program.

Festival of TIBET 19th – 21st Feb 2010
Leichhardt Town Hall, Sydney
107 Norton St. Leichhardt NSW

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Schedule of the Festival Program

POSTER of the Festival

Post Card of the Festival

2010 Schedule

Date Morning Afternoon Evening Concerts
Wed 27 Jan
Camerata of St John's
Camerata of St John’s
Trikaya - ...in the between
Trikaya – …in the between
Festival Opening Ceremony with special live performances and a screening of Michael Buckley’s documentary film, Meltdown in Tibet6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thu 28 Jan Tibetan Painting Workshop with Karma(10:00 am – 11am)
$25 (Conc $15)

Mantra healing Workshop with Tenzin and the monks

(11:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Tibetan Ritual Dance workshop with the monks(1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)

Sand Mandala Workshop with the monks

(3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

…in the between
Meditations and Illuminations on the ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’
$30 (Conc $25)
29 Jan
Tibetan Painting Workshop with Karma(10:00 am – 11am)
$25 (Conc $15)

Healing Sounds Workshop

(11:30 am to 12:30 pm)
$25 (Conc $15)

Mantra Healing Workshop with Tenzin Choegyal and Tashi Lhunpo Monks(1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)

Tibetan Painting Workshop with Karma

(3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
$25 (Conc $15)

Mystical Tibet Concert
Camarata of St John’s, Tashi Lhunpo Monks of TIBET and Tenzin Choegyal
$30 (Conc $25)
Sat 30 Jan Calming One’s Mind with Tashi Lhunpo Monks Meditation Workshop(10:00 am to 11:00 am)

“Why Tibet?” Grassroots Workshop with Dr Simon Bradshaw

(11.30am – 12.30pm)

Panel Discussion
Tibet Roof of the World – Cimate Change
(1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

Public Talk:
By Kuzho Lama Tashi Tsering: “Compassionate Mind: Path to Happiness”

(3:30pm to 4:30 pm)

Healing Mantra Concert
Australian Voices, Tenzin Choegyal & Tashi Lhunpo Monks of TIBET
$30 (Conc $25)
Sun 31 Jan Calming One’s Mind with Tashi Lhunpo Monks Meditation Workshop(10:00 am to 11:00 am)

Sand Mandala Workshop

(11.30 am to 12:30 pm)

Tibetan Ritual Dance workshop with TL monks(1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)

Dissolution of sand Mandala with Kuzho Lama Tashi Tsering and Tashi Lhunpo monks

(3:30pm to 4:30 pm)

Free Tibet!

For tickets (including Festival package deals) and info Please call Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or visit www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or www.tenzinchoegyal.com

Proceeds to Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

Proceeds to Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala“From the day we became refugees, our basic objective was to rise to the very place from where we have fallen down.” – H.H. the Dalai Lama

Proudly Supported by BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, AFX Digital, AUSTRALIA TIBET COUNCIL, Tibet Information Office (Canberra), Chenrezig Institute.