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The tenth annual Festival of Tibet will be an anniversary event to remember. Two events, to go on-sale in early December, offer something for everyone – discussion, art, music, intrigue and philosophy.

Kicking off in the evening of Fri 27April, Festival favourite, Ama la (the Dalai Lama’s sister, Jetsun Pema) in conversation with author and media personality, Meshel Laurie. After their sold out performance during the Festival in 2015, Festival of Tibet is deeply privileged to have Ama la and Meshel join us again. Enjoy a curious, mischievous and transcendent conversation from two entertaining and inspiring minds.

Directly following the conversation, the Festival offers up the Mystical Tibet concert with the superb Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. This is guaranteed to be an evening of heartwarming enjoyment.

In the following days, Festival of Tibet is excited to announce the appearance of national living treasure, Michael Leunig in an evening performance, 1000 Stories. Leunig’s unique talented artistry and philosophy is simple, soulful and mystical. In 1000 Stories Leunig will be creating several works of art in real time, accompanied by the music and banter of Tenzin Choegyal and friends.

The Festival will continue to offer much more with workshops, exhibitions, Tibetan food and public talks. Through varied and engaging experiences through its mix of free and ticketed events, the festival raises much needed funds for the Tibetan refugee community with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Village 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 looks forward to welcoming you to its special tenth anniversary celebration at the Brisbane Powerhouse!

MORE WORKSHOPS AND FREE EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN LATER DATES.

Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse, Philip Bacon Galleries, Perfect Potion 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.

Friends If you can print a poster and put it around your vicinity it will be greatly appreciated.

FREE EVENTS AT FESTIVAL OF TIBET 2018

Festival of Tibet is the perfect opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and to renew mind, body and spirit through workshops and ideas.

The Festival of Tibet will explore themes of compassion, conflict, occupation, love, peace, migration, environmental justice and human rights.  

Morning Meditation with Karma
9.00am–9.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform
FREE

The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘man’ meaning mind and ‘tra’ meaning to protect or to free from. Karma will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energised.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
9.30am–10.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform
FREE

Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before coming to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied the Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga systems under Yoga Master Vijay at the Universal Yoga Centre. At that time he also studied a variety of traditional Tibetan healing practices. Kunga has also completed studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.

Sand Mandala
10am–5pm, Fri 27 + Sat 28 April
dissolution ceremony at 12noon, Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform
FREE

Millions of grains of brightly coloured sand are placed with great skill and patience using a metal funnel called a chak phur to form intricate geometric designs. Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala can take many days to complete, with the process culminating in the spiritually charged dissolution ceremony on the final day Sunday 29th April at 12noon. Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

Mantra Mani Stone Painting
10.30am–11.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Mosquito Foyer
FREE

If you’ve ever been to Tibet, Northern India or Nepal you are familiar with the sites of beautifully crafted mantra tablets or mani stones. Even the skulls of the yaks are carved and painted with mantras after they have died, and placed on top of such pile. Mani stones are intentionally placed along the roadsides and rivers or placed together to form mounds or sometimes long walls, as an offering to spirits of place. Creating and carving mani stones as devotional or intentional process art.
Carving a mantra onto a stone: the care, time, patience, strength, and dedication that it would take. Now imagine carving many stone with the same mantra. Each being done while repeating the mantra prayerfully, intentionally. Then imagine painting each letter with a particular color because doing so and the color carried energy and meaning.

In Tibet, people have been doing this for hundreds of years. These stones are called Mani Stones, and the mantra is OM Mani Padme Hum. Come along to paint your own mantra mani stone.

Karma Phuntsok Exhibition
10am–5pm Daily, Tue 24–Sun 29 April
Mosquito Foyer
FREE

Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Tibetan Art. The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, including Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.

Panel –The Story of Us
11.30am–1pm, Sat 28 April
Turbine Platform
FREE

The Story of Us – is a very personal and insightful sharing of what has been a universal story – that of forced diaspora or human migration throughout the ages around the world. Join Mr. Tempa Tsering (Dalai Lama’s rep), Kyinzom Dhongdue (Director of ATC) and Tenzin Nyidon.

The Story of Us traces the way in which our recent waves of refugee migration during the past twenty years have become an archetypally Australian multicultural story, seen through the prism of a series of personal experiences from a diverse array of speakers who now, along with their communities, call Queensland home. Many of the Tibetans in Australia were actually born in Tibet and have experienced life under China’s occupation. Others were born to refugee parents who fled into exile in Northern India. Through their personal stories, The Story of Us celebrates the human spirit of hope, healing and courage.

Join us for The Story of Us, celebrating remarkable, moving, compassionate, bold and resilient stories.


Buddhism For The Unbelievably Busy
2pm–4pm, Sat 28 April
Turbine Platform
FREE

Join highly respected Tibetan Buddhist master, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering and Meshel Laurie as they discuss the ideals of compassion and loving kindness and the benefit these bring to all.

Khensur Rinpoche explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation, they will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer reality to discover oneself in this unbelievably busy world.

Meshel Laurie is probably a very bad Buddhist, but she puts her heart and soul into improving, every day. She works in TV and radio, podcasts, writes columns and books, and parents 6-year-old twins. Meshel used to be quite good at stand up comedy, but unfortunately doesn’t do it anymore, as she has no interest in going out at night. Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.

1000 STORIES – Michael Leunig and Tenzin Choegyal and friend

1,000 STORIES – Michael Leunig and Tenzin Choegyal and friend
7.30pm Saturday 28th April (Powerhouse Theatre) 

An image speaks a thousand words, and together with beautiful music can take an audience on a journey of encyclopaedic proportion!

Join legendary artist and cultural commentator Michael Leunig as he creates original artworks live on stage, accompanied and animated by Tenzin Choegyal and friends’ evocative music. Leunig’s unique talented artistry and philosophy is simple, soulful and mystical.

The music and the art will be reflective of the theme, ‘Nurturing the Earth’ and will truly be a feast for the senses and the soul. Tenzin will be joined on stage by Shen Flindell on Tabla and Marcello Milani on Guitar and Vocals (Tibet2Timbuk2), as well as Michael Askill on gongs and singing bowl and Richard Grantham on Viola and Menaka on  Indian classical vocals.

MYSTICAL TIBET CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUEST AMA JETSUN PEMA

Mystical Tibet Concert/Talk 
7.30pm  Friday 27th April (Powerhouse Theatre) 

An evening of story and song, with the Dalai Lama’s revered sister, Jetsun Pema la with Meshel Laurie, and the Camerata and Tenzin Choegyal.

An evening of story and song, with the Dalai Lama’s revered sister, Jetsun Pema la with Meshel Laurie, and the Camerata and Tenzin Choegyal.

The Festival of Tibet is thrilled to be welcoming back Jetsun Pema la, sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and UNESCO medal winning educational reformer and activist as part of Mystical Tibet alongside Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.

Affectionately known by Tibetans as ‘Ama la’ (respected mother), Jetsun Pela la has had 42 years as director of the Tibetan Children’s Village schools (established in India to care for and educate for Tibetan refugee children). She was elected the first Minister for Women in the Tibetan Government in Exile. Joining Ama la on stage in conversation is the marvelous Meshel Laurie, author of several books including her latest release, Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy.

Ending Ama la’s talk will be the awe-inspiring collaboration that is Mystical Tibet. The award winning Camerata–Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and renowned Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal have been collaborating for over a decade and perform sublime interpretations of Tenzin’s original compositions. “It’s a completely new genre of music, what we might call Tibetan Folk Chamber Music. And as far as we can tell Tenzin is the first Tibetan musician to write and perform with a Western classical group.” ABC RN

Join us for a fabulous night of story and song that is not to be missed. 

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FESTIVAL of TIBET
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 26th – 30th April 2017 
Proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – HH the 14th Dalai Lama

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.

Mix Tape – TIBET In Song

Mix Tape – TIBET In Song
Turbine Platform 3:30pm Sun 30th April FREE
The last Sunday of every month, Mix Tape inspires collaboration between diverse and talented singer-songwriters. Three different musicians will be brought together to discuss the music that drives them, each chatting about and performing their own mixtape of original songs or covers. Join us for “Tibet In Song” during the Festival of Tibet featuring  Gyenyen Tenzin and Tenzin Kunsang from Japan and Tenzin Theckchok and Tenzin Khentse Brisbane’s own Tibetan talent share their journey through songs.

Mask Painting and Print Your Wishes Workshops

Mask Painting 10:30am
10am–11am Wed 26–Sat 29 April FREE (Mosquito Foyer) FREE

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Masks are used in Tibetan Buddhist ritual dance and Tibetan performing arts to represent various characters.  Wrathful, kind, devious or spiritual, the masks are often extremely colourful and stylised.   Traditionally trained artist Gyaltsen will guide participants as they create their own Tibetan mask to take home.

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Print Your Wishes
2pm–3pm, Wed 26–Sat 29th April (Mosquito Foyer) FREE

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The prayer flag tradition has a long history dating back to ancient Tibet. Buddhists believe that, as the wind moves the flags, the prayers and mantras they bear are carried on the wind to benefit all sentient beings. Prayer flags were traditionally printed using black ink and hand carved woodblocks. The colours
most often used for the flags are yellow, green, red, white, and blue representing the five Buddha families and the five elements. Using traditional Tibetan woodblocks, participants can print their own wishes and prayers with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world.

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OUR TIBET STORY

OUR TIBET STORY
11.30am – 1.00pm Saturday 29th Jan (Turbine Platform) FREE
To understand Tibet, people must hear directly from the Tibetans. Australia has a small yet strong community of around 2,000 Tibetans. Many were born in Tibet and have experienced life under China’s occupation. Others were born to refugee parents who fled into exile in India. Through their personal stories, Our Tibet Story celebrates the human spirit of hope and courage.
Join a panel discussion with three young Tibetan activists and hear their Tibet stories.
Our Tibet Story is an initiative of Australia Tibet Council to enable Tibetans to tell the story of their struggle in their own words.

LUMINOUS NATURE OF MIND

LUMINOUS NATURE OF MIND
2.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday 29th April (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Join highly respected Tibetan Buddhist master, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering as he discusses the ideals of compassion and loving kindness and the benefit these bring to all sentient beings.

In Buddhism consciousness is defined as clear or luminous, and knowing. Khensur Rinpoche will explain the luminous nature of the mind, and how we can improve our mind to make it more positive. It is said that if the mind is accompanied by wisdom and great compassion, it can be developed without any limitation and Rinpoche will explain the reasons why this is possible.

Khensur Rinpoche explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation, he will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer reality to discover the true path to happiness.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing Workshop

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3.30pm – 4:30pm Wed 26th and Thurs 27th April (Graffiti) – $25

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Join Michael Askill and participate in a sound healing workshop using his extensive collection of Himalayan singing bowls and Chinese gongs. Michael has spent the past twenty–five years quietly but effectively
carving a niche for himself as performer, composer, musical director and recording artist. Amongst many other things, Michael composed music for
the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2006 Asian Games and the 2011 CHOGM. In 2001 he was the Musical Director of a special concert for HH Dalai Lama held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

EXHIBITION – TIBETAN ARTISTS

EXHIBITION – TIBETAN ARTISTS – Exhibition (Visy Foyer) FREE

10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun
Traditional and contemporary expressions of Tibetan painting and sculpture will grace the walls of Brisbane Powerhouse during the entire festival. Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok (Australia), versatile contemporary artist Tashi Norbu (Netherlands) and traditional Thankgka painter, Thupten Gyatso (Australia) will take patrons on a journey from the highly formulaic traditions of Tibetan Buddhist art, to striking contemporary expressions of their now dynamic globalised culture.  Urgen Sonam’s Silk appliqué and embroidery on fine strong silk to create dramatically beautiful, refined Buddhist iconography.The exhibition will also feature  photographs of Tibet.

KARMA PHUNTSOK

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Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Tibetan Art. The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery

TASHI NORBU

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Tashi Norbu is a Tibetan born contemporary artist who lives and works in The Netherlands. He was trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter at the offices of the Dalai Lama in India and after coming to Europe, completed his art studies at the Saint Lucas Academy of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium.
Tashi Norbu is a versatile contemporary artist whose works reflect the essence of his background – Tibet and Buddhism – combined with strong influences from western art forms and western ideas.

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URGEN SONAM
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Urgen Sonam is a renowned master artist of silk thangka, a sacred rare art of Tibet, which uses techniques of appliqué and embroidery on fine strong silk to create dramatically beautiful, refined Buddhist iconography. Silk Thangka is practiced and mastered by very few and is considered the pinnacle of the various thangka arts. Reverence is due to it’s intricate and time consuming nature, exquisite materials and it’s ability to last generations.

Urgyen Sonam was born in Eastern Tibet and spent much of his childhood travelling by foot to the scared sites, later, in India he became a monk and specialised in ritual music and chanting. His natural affinity with the arts led him to take up a 5 year full time apprenticeship with Phuntsok Tsering The Dalai Lamas personal thangka maker and textile artist. Urgyen is now based in Australia and is one of only a few traditionally trained Tibetan silk thangka artist in the west, he travels regularly showcasing his pieces and holding workshops around the world.

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SAND MANDALA

SAND MANDALA  10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun (Turbine Platform) FREE
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Throughout the Festival, you can witness our resident monks creating a stunningly beautiful sand mandala. Millions of grains of brightly coloured sand are placed with great skill and patience using a metal funnel called a chak phur to form intricate geometric designs. Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala can take many days to complete, with the process culminating in the spiritually charged dissolution ceremony on the final day (Sunday 30th April @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.


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Tibetan Yoga with Kunga Yoga

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
Wed – Sun 9.30am – 10.30am and Wed – Sat 5.00pm – 6.00pm (Turbine Platform) FREE


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Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before coming to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied the Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga systems under Yoga Master Vijay at the Universal Yoga Centre. At that time he also studied a variety of traditional Tibetan healing practices. Kunga has also completed studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.

In Conversation – the Honourable Prime Minister of the Tibet

In Conversation – the Honourable Prime Minister of the Tibet with Paul Barclay
7.30pm Saturday 29th April (Visy) – $30/35button_bookonline

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A rare opportunity to hear the Honourable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-exile speak about his vision for Tibet. We live in a fast-changing world – Brexit in the EU, Trump in America, the rise of China and growing threats to Climate stability. More than ever before, values such as democracy, freedom, environmental and human rights should be upheld. The Tibet issue symbolises justice, non-violence and freedom. What are the challenges facing the Tibetan struggle? How can we maintain optimism for positive change?

In 2011, Dr. Lobsang Sangay became the first democratically-elected political leader of the Tibetan people in their history. Despite what Dr. Sangay himself acknowledges as ‘a high level of anxiety amongst Tibetans’ at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s decision to withdraw from politics, he has gone on to win the confidence of the Tibetan people and was re-elected during a general election in 2016.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from Dr. Sangay as he speaks about his vision for Tibet with Paul Barclay, presenter and series producer of Big Ideas on ABC RN.

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LOTUS BORN CONCERT

LOTUS BORN 07:300pm Friday 28th April (Visy) – $30/35

button_bookonlineBardo_SongsMulti genre and mesmerising, Lotus Born combines lucid spoken word with sublime music, dance intensified by an unfolding and enthralling visual art experience that is a feast for all the senses. This unique event features real-time painting by prolific Amsterdam-based Tibetan artist, Tashi Norbu, set to a collaborative score coordinated by Festival Director Tenzin Choegyal and Tenzin Yeshi (a graduate of the acclaimed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts).  They will be joined by some of Brisbane’s finest musicians including Marcello Milani (Toothfaeries), Shen Flindell (Spirit of Bhakti), Peter Hunt (Kooii) and Richard Grantham.

Best of all, one lucky patron will be able to take the experience home with them, as the painting will be available for purchase after the concert.  Proceeds will benefit Tibetan Children’s Village.

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