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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.

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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.

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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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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SONGS OF FREEDOM CONCERT

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07:30pm Thursday 27th April (Visy) – $30/35

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This concert will share the songs which have inspired movements, exemplified a shift in consciousness, and given people hope in the face of monumental odds.

The Concert features the talented music students from QACI (Queensland Academy of Creative Industries) led by music staff, including percussion director and acclaimed performer and composer Michael Askill.  

Joining them will be a combination of ‘Tongues of Fire’ and ‘Roar’ choirs manifesting as Roaring Fire Choir a truly elegant, vibrant group led by local vocal legend, Yani Choirmistress.

The concert also features Tibetan artists Tenzin Kunsang (a graduate of the acclaimed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) and Genyen Tenzin from Japan, as well as heartwarming music and traditional folk dances by Brisbane’s own Tibetan artists Kunsang Dekey, Tenzin Methok and Tenzin Sherab. Not to be missed.

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MYSTICAL TIBET CONCERT

MYSTICAL TIBET CONCERT  7.30pm Wednesday 26th April
(Powerhouse Theatre) – $30/35

button_bookonlineMusic of Philip Glass and Tenzin with Camerata – Queenslands Chamber Orchestra in Honor of one of the most influential composers of the late 20th and early 21st century, Philip Glass

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Join us for this, one night only, special event.  Experience Tenzin’s voice and virtuosity alongside the majesty of Camerata  – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Tenzin’s friendship and collaboration with Camerata extends back to 2009.  Katherine Philp’s arrangements takes Tenzin’s songs and storytelling to even greater heights. 

Legendary composer Philip Glass has collaborated with Tenzin on a number of projects. Tenzin is a regular guest at Philip’s Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall and they recently performed together in Japan. The program will include selected works by Philip Glass and from Tenzin’s collaboration with Katherine and Camerata.  The concert is being performed to mark Glass’s 80th birthday and honour his unwavering support for Tibet and HH the Dalai Lama who has not seen his homeland since 1959.

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LIVE SPARK – free event

LIVE SPARK – Free on Turbine Platform
Sunday, 24th April. Time 3:30 – 5pm

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. Come along to witness one time alliances between unlikely unions, or hear old friends combine their skills in a piece together.

This month Live Spark during the Festival of Tibet features Tenzing Yeshe, Kathrine Philp and Tenzin.

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS / PRINT YOUR WISHES

FESTIVAL of TIBET
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 18th – 24th April 2016

Proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – HH the 14th
Dalai Lama

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We are honoured to host the first ever visit to Australia by His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who will bless us with his presence and wisdom with Karmic Imprints. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche; the Festival of Tibet therefore offers a rare and auspicious opportunity to hear one of Buddhism’s most respected teachers share his intimate understanding and experience of Karma, death and rebirth.  http://lingrinpoche.info/
Another very special guest is keynote speaker Dr Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned scholar and environmental advocate who has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time. Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling talk Making Peace with the Earth will address the importance of the soil itself as well as Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia.
“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva
Bringing Tibet Home (FILM) – The risks involved in the creation of an audacious work of subversive art are chronicled in this affecting documentary, which explores the personal pain of Tibetan exiles treading on home soil which has been smuggled out of their homeland to India.
Bardo Songs – Liberation through hearing CONCERT – Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and a mesmerising unfolding visual art experience provides a window into the moments just before and just after death and how we prepare for the mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’.
Tibet on Fire Concert – The Roaring Fire Choir is led by local vocal legend, Yani Choir mistress. Tenzing Yeshi from Melbourne will be joined by Sherab and Metok, Kunsang and Gaynyen from Japan.
Special Events: Karmic Imprints: Liberation Through Seeing – a unique exhibition of artworks from  prominent contemporary Tibetan artists from around the world. The exhibition will  open a window into the minds of these artists, some of whom have experienced censorship during their careers, and the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, traditions, spirituality and life in the modern world.
Ticketed Workshops
Free workshops
Sand Mandala,  Morning Meditation, Tibetan Yoga, Chakra Healing, Prayer flag printing.
Proceeds go to Tibetan Children’s Villages, India, to support the education of  Tibetan children living in exile
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*Please note that Exhibition Opening is on Wednesday 20th April @ 6:30pm – free

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A very warmhearted Thank You to Deva Premal & Miten and Frieds for the beautiful Prayer for Peace Concert to Launch the Festival and raise much needed awareness and funds for the education of Tibetan Children in Exile.

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Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse, Perfect Potion, Philip Bacon Galleries and supported by Tibet Information Office,Deva Premal and Miten, Himalayan Film Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute, Tibetan Education Fund and Chris Hooper Promotions.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Make your own Mala
10:00am – 11:00am Wed – Sat (Mosquito Foyer) FREE

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Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 precious beads. Materials, including beads made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals are provided.  The whole family can join in this hands-on workshop.

PRINT YOUR WISHES – Tibetan way
02:00pm – 3:00pm Wed – Sat (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 age old traditional Tibetan woodblocks, Participants can print their own wishes and prayer with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world.

EXHIBITIONS / HANDS ON ARTS

EXHIBITIONS / HANDS ON ARTS
SAND MANDALA – Monks of Tibet
10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun (Turbine Plateform) 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 24th 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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Please join us for the Exhibition Opening Night on Wed 20 April from 6.30pm on the Turbine Platform.

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Karmic Imprints – Liberation through seeing brings artworks from some of the most prominent, sought after and sometimes controversial contemporary Tibetan artists from around the world to the Festival of Tibet in 2016. This unique exhibition will open a window into the minds of these artists, some of whom have experienced censorship during their careers, and their inspirations of politics, religion and the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, traditions, spirituality and life in the modern world.

Tibetan and Himalayan artists have recently made a significant impact in the world of contemporary. Inherent in their works is the desire to address the experience of identifying as Tibetan  – a notion that disrupts the modern world’s tendency to categorise peoples by geographic boundaries. The experience of living in exile and reality that several generations of Tibetans have now grown up without ever stepping into their homeland is addressed in this exhibition, as well as the ongoing issues arising from the occupation of Tibet, through powerful references such as self-immolation, to the continued evolution of Tibetan Buddhist art and spirituality.

From the rich colours of thangka painting to quiet meditative compositions, the works featured carry an energy and voice for Tibetans, each providing their own spiritual or emotional imprint, releasing their own karmic presence. Karma is created by making free-will choices not in line with your Higher Self. Karma represents decisions, concepts, vows, unresolved emotions and attitudes that are held consciously and unconsciously by YOU that creates, influences, or magnetizes events and experiences into current reality.

Karmic Imprints include your past individual karmic imprints, ancestral karmic imprints, parental karmic imprints, as-well-as collective imprints inherited.
Please join us for the Exhibition Opening Night on Wed 20 April from 6.30pm on the Turbine Platform with Tarun Nagesh and Karma Phuntsok. 

See the full catalogue of artists HERE.

  • Karma Phuntsok (AUS)
  • Tenzin Rigdol (NYC/INDIA/NEPAL)
  • Tsherin Sherpa (CALIF/INDIA)
  • Gonkar Gyatso (LHASA/NYC/BEJING)
  • Sonam Dolma Braurn (SWISS)
  • Hit Man Gurung (NEPAL)
  • Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar (INDIA)
  • Chungpo Tsering (CALIF/INDIA)
  • Tulku Jamyang (NEPAL)
  • Tashi Norbu (AMS/INDIA)
  • Dolma Chonzom(CALIF/NEPAL)
  • Judy Holding (AUS)
  • Surendra Maharjan (NEPAL)
  • Pema Tshering (BHUTAN)
  • Karma Sichoe (INDIA)


                       

Karma's work                         Karma Phuntsok – City Mandala – 2016

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

button_bookonline3.30pm – 4.30pm Fri 28th April (Graffiti Room) – $25

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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 practiced 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.

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop

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I Heart Momo: Tibetan Cooking Workshop
3.30pm–4.30pm, Fri 27 April
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All tickets $25Learn the art of making the perfect Tibetan dumpling – the Momo!  Momo master and West End Market favourite Wanday will share his secrets with you at this delicious workshop for all ages.    All ingredients provided.

Bringing Tibet Home (FILM)

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7:30pm  Monday 18h April (Turbine Studio) $15

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The risks involved in the creation of an audacious work of subversive art are chronicled in this affecting documentary, which explores the personal pain of Tibetan exiles treading on home soil which has been smuggled out of their homeland to India.

Inspired by his inability to fulfil his dying father’s final wish to once again visit his homeland, this film follows the efforts of New York-based artist Tenzing Rigdol to smuggle 20 tonnes of earth from Tibet and bring it across the border into India. With it, Tenzin created the most poignant art installation, ‘Our Land, Our People’ which enabled exiled Tibetans to set foot on their home soil, sometimes for the first time in their lives. ★★★★★

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DIRECTOR’S BIO
Tenzin Tsetan Choklay was born to Tibetan refugees in India, and was raised in Dharamsala where he was a student at the Tibetan Children’s Village. In 2005, after taking part in Busan International Film Festival’s 1st Asian Film Academy program, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul, one of South Korea’s leading film schools. He graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts in 2008. Since then Tenzin has worked on a number of documentaries and film projects as a producer and director. Tenzin’s latest film “Bringing Tibet Home” first premiered at the 18th Busan International Film Festival and went on to win the “Prix Du Jury Des Jeunes Européens” award at the 2014 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in France. Tenzin is based in New York City.