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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 2019

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

FREE EVENT PROGRAM 2019

Morning Meditation with Karma

FRI 26–SUN 28 APR 9am–9:30am 
Turbine Platform
FREE
Begin the day with a special meditation experience as Karma Phuntsok guides participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. This session will offer a general understanding of effective meditation methods to create a mind which is stable, calm and alertly clear.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga

FRI 26–SUN 28 APR 9.30am–10.30am
Turbine Platform
FREE
Under the guidance of Tibetan yoga teacher Kunga, learn simple yet profound techniques that emphasis the integration of body, energy and mind.

Sand Mandala Creation

FRI 26 + SAT 27 APR 10am–5pm
SUN 28 APR 12.30pm (Sand Mandala Dissolution)
Turbine Platform
FREE
Over three days visitors to the Festival can watch as our resident monks create 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. Regarded within Tibetan Buddhism as sacred, sand mandalas were rarely seen outside of Tibet’s monasteries until a few decades ago. Exquisitely 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 28 April at 12.30pm.

Print Your Wishes – Tsa Tsa Painting: Kids Activity


FRI 26 + SAT 27 APR 10am–11am + 2pm–3pm
Mosquito Foyer
FREE
Traditionally, prayer flags are printed using inked, hand-carved woodblocks on cloth dyed in five primary colours. When hung in high places it is said the prayers, mantras and powerful symbols on each flag are carried on the wind to benefit all sentient beings. The painting of tsa-tsas, small iconographic forms of various buddhas cast in clay or plaster, is an ancient form of devotional Buddhist art. Tsa tsas are placed on altars or at holy sites to eliminate obstacles, purify negativities and create positive energy. In this session you can try your hand at painting your own tsa tsa or printing prayer flags with special wishes for peace, compassion, prosperity and happiness.

Karmic Imprints: Liberation Through Seeing

FRI 26–SUN 28 APR
Turbine Platform
FREE
View original contemporary artworks contributed by come of the most prominent and occasionally controversial Tibetan artists from around the world. Inspired by both political commentary and religious practice, this collection offers a fascinating insight into the minds of these artists who, in spite of occasional censorship, skillfully portray the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, tradition, spirituality and life in the modern world. This year, the exhibition will also feature a curated selection of ten photographs taken by Carolyn Christensen (Co-director Perfect Potion) of past Festival of Tibet events.

Happiness in Troubled Times: Public Talk

SAT 27 APR 11.30am–1pm
Turbine Platform
FREE
Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering will discuss the essence of Tibetan culture, deeply rooted in the ideals of compassion and loving kindness. Khen Rinpoche explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this to everyday life, aligning one’s inner life with outer expression to discover the true path to happiness.

The Story of the Tibetan Nomad: Panel Discussion

SAT 27 APR 2pm–3.30pm
Turbine Platform
FREE

Join the Australia Tibet Council (ATC) for the launch of a new report on Tibetan nomads and the grasslands of Tibet. Next year, China plans to establish a system of national parks across the Tibetan Plateau, with about 40 per cent of the whole plateau to be directly controlled from Beijing in the name of wildlife conservation and climate mitigation. Report co-authors ATC Executive Officer Kyinzom Dhongdue and Dr. Gabriel Lafitte will discuss what these new parks will mean for the traditional Tibetan way of life. Launch will have Tenzin Nyidon and Lek Bhum sing few Tibetan Nomadic songs.

 

1000 STORIES – Karma Phuntsok and Tenzin Choegyal with Tibet2Timbuk2

1000 STORIES – Karma Phuntsok and Tenzin Choegyal with Tibet2Timbuk2
7.30pm Saturday 27th April (Powerhouse Theatre) 

Profound and moving, the 1000 Stories performance art event features real-time painting by acclaimed Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok – the living treasure of Tibetan contemporary arts.

The painting is accompanied by a collaborative score coordinated by Festival of Tibet Director Tenzin Choegyal and featuring some of Brisbane’s finest musicians and members of the acclaimed Tibet2Timbuk2 – Marcello Milani, Shen Flindell, Richard Grantham and Tenzin Yeshi.

Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and a mesmerising unfolding live visual art experience provides a window into the moments of mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’.

An image speaks a thousand words, while beautiful music can take you on a journey of encyclopedic proportion! Come along to 1000 Stories to also see Tibet2Timbuk2 launch their long awaited new album and be the first to hear this highly anticipated new repertoire.

MYSTICAL TIBET with Bob Brown, Camerata and Tenzin Choegyal

Mystical Tibet Concert/Talk with Bob Brown, Camerata and Tenzin Choegyal

7.30pm  Friday 26th April (Visy Theatre)

An evening of inspiring conversation with Paul Barclay and Dr. Bob Brown, followed by a concert featuring Camerata, Queensland’s chamber orchestra and Tenzin Choegyal.

Dr. Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens, is a poet, author, medical doctor, environmental activist and the first openly gay member of the Australian Parliament. Bob has also been a steadfast supporter for the Tibetan cause throughout his political career. After visiting Tibet in 1997 Bob was controversially barred from an address by the Chinese President to Australia’s Federal parliament. He will be joined on stage by Paul Barclay, a Walkley Award winning journalist, writer and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Together they will explore matters close to Bob’s heart, including the future of Tibet.

Camerata, Queensland’s award-winning chamber orchestra, and renowned Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal have been collaborating for more than a decade. They will perform sublime interpretations of Tenzin’s original compositions in a truly elegant and groundbreaking fusion of traditions.

“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 discussion and song that is not to be missed.

2012 Schedule

BRISBANE FESTIVAL OF TIBET SCHEDULE 2012

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

All-Day

Personal Consultations with a Tibetan Doctor from Dharmasala – book at Powerhouse box-office
Exhibition: Sand Mandala being created by Monks of TIBET – FREE
Exhibition and Make Your Own: Namka Thread Crossing (like spirit and dream catchers) – FREE
Exhibition: Paintings by Tibetan Artist Karma Phuntsok – FREE
Exhibition: Weaving the World (Tibetan Carpets) – FREE

Morning

9am FREE

Mantra Meditation with the monks

9am FREE

Mantra Meditation with the monks

9am FREE

Mantra Meditation with the monks

9am FREE

Mantra Meditation with the monks

9:30am – 11am

Tibetan Painting Workshop

$25 (Con $20)
9:30am – 11am FREE

Hand Mudra – The Great Gesture workshop

9:30am – 11am

Tibetan Painting Workshop

$25 (Con $20)
11:30am – 1pm

Sound Healing Workshop

$25 (Con $20)
11:30am – 1pm

Chakra Healing workshop

$25 (Con $20)
11:30am – 1pm FREE

I am Tibet –personal stories of fight, flight, and freedom

10am FREE

Sand Mandala Dissolution with Sang sol Incense burning ritual.

Afternoon

1:30pm – 2:30pm FREE

Tibetan Ritual Dance Workshop with the monks

1:30pm – 2:30pm FREE

Tibetan Ritual Dance Workshop with the monks

1:30pm – 2:30pm FREE

HAPPINESS By Expressing Your Real Self

Festival Package Deals Available
3pm – 4:30pm

Tibetan calligraphy

$25 (Con $20)
3pm – 4:30pm

Tibetan Painting Workshop

$25 (Con $20)
3pm – 4:30pm FREE

Why Tibet?” Grass-roots Workshop

Tibet2Timbuk2 and Friends

Evening

VISY Theatre

Ceremony with the monks to commence the sand mandala and screening of the film Summer Pasture

$15

Film The Blue Buddha – Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine and Forum Remedies for Happiness with Tibetan doctor Tsering Thakchoe and Mr. Sal Battaglia

$15
7:30pm CONCERT

RANGZEN for TIBET with Love with the monks, Tenzin Choegyal, and The Roaring Fire Choir

$30 (Con $25)

The TIBET Effect with Tenzin Tsundue, Tashi Lhunpo Monks, and Tenzin Choegyal and Friends.

$30 (Con $25)

Free Meditations and Workshops

Free Meditations and Workshops

Wed 30 Jan – Sun 3 Feb 2013

Morning Mantra Meditations with Lama Khedup

Start your day with a clear and alert mind as Khedup offers a special meditation experience employing mantra recitation – energy-based sounds which produce vibrations within the universe.

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

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 9am Turbine Platform

Tibetan Dance Workshop

Tibetan folk dance combines both singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by dance master Yeshi and members of the Queensland Tibetan community dance troupe, this workshop teaches basic steps and rhythms used in traditional dance forms.

Tibetans express their history, spirituality, cultural traditions and above all love for their homeland through their traditional dances which are still performed at festivals, weddings and gatherings.

Thu 31 Jan + Fri 1 Feb 3pm Turbine Platform

Kid’s Workshop – Make your own Prayer Flag

Join us for a fun workshop printing your own prayer flag with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world. The prayer flag tradition has a long history dating back to ancient Tibet. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on each prayer flag produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind. The prayers become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from wind and sun.

Thu 31Jan + Fri 1 Feb 2 – 4pm Turbine Platform

Mantra Singing Workshop

Tenzin Choegyal leads a workshop in the Tibetan style of vocal projection and shares his knowledge of stories told through the songs of Tibet’s nomadic people. Participants learn simple Tibetan folk songs and hear about the ancient “Lama Mani” tradition of telling Buddhist parables through song. Such songs were performed by wandering storytellers who travelled from village to village, drawing on their own often humble origins to relate to people from all backgrounds.

Thu 31Jan 11.30am Turbine Platform

Why Tibet? Grassroots Workshop

Ever wanted to take action for Tibet but don’t know where to start? Hosted by the Australia Tibet Council, this session addresses ways to promote human rights and democratic freedoms and encourage a peaceful and lasting solution to the Tibetan situation. Come along for an opportunity to meet others who care about Tibet and consider some of the ways we can all support the Tibetan community and help to create a better future.

Sat 2 Feb 3pm Park Mezzanine

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Fri 1 Feb 2013

Tibetan Calligraphy with Phuntsok Choegyel

Learn the fundamentals of Tibetan script with Brisbane community member Phuntsok Choegyel, master in Tibetan calligraphy. Phuntsok teaches the formation of Tibetan script which is commonly used to write mantras and prayers and traditionally practised as a daily meditation.

Tibetan calligraphy can be appreciated purely for its aesthetic beauty and, at the same time, for the profundity of Tibetan philosophy expressed by simple strokes of a bamboo pen.

Materials for Students:
Required: ink calligraphy pen/s.

Graffiti Room  1:30 pm start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb,
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 60mins

Chakra Healing Workshop

Chakra Healing Workshop
Fri 1 Feb 2013

Chakra Healing Through Aromatherapy Workshop with Sal Battaglia

Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. Chakras represent the major energy centres of our bodies and are connected to our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Subtle aromatherapy draws on the energetic or vibrational qualities of the essential oils which can be used in restoring harmonic resonance. Learn from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Perfect Potion founder and managing director Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop.
Park Mezzanine  11:30 am, Fri 1st Feb
$25 (con$20)

Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

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

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Tibetan Painting Workshop with Master Karma Phuntsok

Tibetan Painting Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 2013

Paint your own Buddha with Karma Phuntsok

The practice of drawing the Buddha is like a meditation, helping to purify negativities of body, speech and mind. Spend time with master painter Karma Phuntsok and explore your own creative skills while following a traditional grid to create an image of the historical Buddha. Karma expertly teaches the basic techniques and principles of Tibetan drawing and explains historical conventions for the creation of traditional images.

Suitable for everyone, including beginners.

Tibetan Painting Workshop Materials:
Required: (1, 2,3)
Pencil (1 soft, 1 hard)
Drawing Paper (A4 x 1)
Optional: Right triangles(2 recommended)
T-square or Ruler Compass
Tracing Paper (A4 x 1)

Graffiti Room  9:30 am start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb, Sat 2nd Feb
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 90mins

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness
Sat 2 Feb 2013

Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Geshe Lobsang Jamyang of Chenrezig Institute discusses the essence of Tibetan culture which is deeply rooted in the ideal of compassion and loving kindness.

He explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation with Geshe la, he will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer expression to discover the true paths to happiness.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world
Sat 2 Feb 2013

An important tenet of Tibetan Buddhism, Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence toward all living things and above all, to do no harm. But in a world of hostility, we humans still find this task almost impossible, in spite of a wealth of information on cultivating world peace. How then, in the face of unending violence are Tibetans around the globe still able to practice Ahimsa when their country is experiencing one of the darkest periods in Tibetan history under the PRC? This promises to be a challenging and thought-provoking conversation.

PanelwithTsewang

Panel members: Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Tenpa Dugdak (Tibetan Activist), Sonam Dagpo (HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s representative in Australasia) and Kyinzom Dhongdue (Australia Tibet Council). Tsewang Thupten (Tibetan student activist) will Moderate the panel discussion.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 11:30 am – 1:00 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr 30mins

The State Oracle of Tibet (Film) Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup

Special evening FILM Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup
Thu 31 Jan 2013 *not to be missed

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)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

Duration: 2hrs

 

Exhibitions

Wed 30 Jan – Sun 3 Feb 2013

ExileLens Photo Exhibition

This exhibition is a celebration of Tibetan visual culture against the backdrop of ongoing Chinese oppression and continued adjustment to life in exile. Through images straight from the heart of the exile community and its burgeoning creative scene, these works will provide a deeper understanding of the multiple realities of what it means to be Tibetan today.

These incredibly talented and often young emerging artists offer new insights into current life in Tibet, exploring the exile ‘condition’ of Tibetans living as refugees, taking a fresh and young approach.
*Daily Park Mezz

Sand Mandala Creation

Throughout the Festival, mandala master Lama Khedup Bhutia will create 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. Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.
*Daily Turbine Platform

Tibetan paintings Exhibition by Karma Phuntsok

The Festival features an exhibition of cutting edge contemporary Tibetan art by master painter Karma Phuntsok. Although traditionally trained, Karma also applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Buddhist Art.

Karma’s art is featured in collections around the world including the Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Daily Turbine Platform

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)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

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)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

Duration: 2hrs