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2014 Festival

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

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


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.

2014 Exhibition

SAND MANDALA by Tashi Lhunpo Monks of TIBET
10:00am – 5:00pm Daily Turbine Platform


Throughout the Festival, the monks 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. A mandala is thought to bring peace and harmony to the area where it is being constructed. Simply viewing a mandala is believed by Buddhists to be enough to change one’s mind stream by creating a strong imprint of the beauty of perfection of the Buddha’s mind, as is represented in the mandala itself. As a result of this imprint, one may be able to find greater compassion, awareness, and a better sense of well-being.

Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala takes 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.
Sunday 26th Jan 11:00am (Turbine) Sand Mandala Dissolution with Incense Burning Ritual – The mandala construction itself is the result of long and disciplined effort, but it is nonetheless a temporary work. When the monks are finished, there is a dissolution ceremony where the deity is released by the dismantling of the mandala. The sand is cast into a body of water to emphasize and highlight the impermanence of all things and the importance of nonattachment. When the sand enters the water, the kindness and compassion of the deity are disseminated into the world to benefit all beings.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Make your own Mala
3pm–5pm Daily Daily Turbine Platform

CountYourblessings2Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan philosophy under the guidance of Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet. Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 beads and will have the opportunity to have their new mala blessed by the monks.

Materials, including beads made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals.  Whole family can join in this hands on workshop.


10:00am – 5:00pm Daily Turbine Platform


An exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings will transform the Powerhouse’s Turbine Platform into a sacred space of stunning buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities. All paintings by Tibetan Artists in Exile.

The exhibition also features 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.






2014 Festival Schedule


Festival Package Deals for concerts and workshops please call the Brisbane Powerhouse
box office on (07) 3358 8600


Sorry the Chakra workshop starts on 1:30pm not 11:30am


2014 Festival Overview


Brisbane’s Sixth annual Festival of Tibet celebrates the Tibetan way of life, founded on the principles of compassion and non-violence, while addressing issues that continue to threaten the future of Tibet.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Foreign Minister of Tibet in Exile Kalon Dicki Chhoyang  will be coming from Dharamsala, India to join the Festival of Tibet 2014.
Back for its sixth big year from 22nd Jan – 26th Jan 2014, the Festival of Tibet 2014 at the Brisbane Powerhouse has a  program packed with concerts, workshops, talks, exhibitions, kids activities and more.  Details of these events and much more can be found on the Brisbane Powerhouse website. Tickets are on sale now.
Book now to avoid disappointment! Festival tickets would be a wonderful Christmas and New Year gift for your loved ones 🙂

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For Festival Package Deals: Call the Brisbane Powerhouse box office on (07) 3358 8600
All proceeds from the Festival go to the work of the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
With warmest regards,
Festival of Tibet Team.

Festival Package Deals

Over four days, Brisbane’s home of contemporary performance will be transformed into a sacred space for Festival of Tibet. Hands-on workshops, concerts, exhibitions, panel discussions and theatre will showcase the beauty and wisdom of Tibetan traditions.

To enjoy the whole festival we have three great packages for you to choose from.


DEAL ONE – 4 X Workshop Package Deal $75. The Workshop package includes:
1x Painting workshop / 1x Breathing workshop / 1x Chakra healing workshop / 1x Calligraphy workshop

DEAL TWO – 4 X Evening Session Package Deal $75. This package includes:
1x Film: Road to Peace / 1x Women with Wisdom / 1x In the Between… Tibetan book of the Dead / 1x Mystical Tibet Concert.

DEAL THREE – Festival Package Deal $140. This exciting package combines the 4 X Workshop Package Deal and the Evening Session Package Deal $75.
To purchase these packages please call box office on 07 3358 8600.
All proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village for the education of Tibetan children in exile in Dharamsala, India.

Proudly sponsored by Perfect Potion and supported by Brisbane Powerhouse, Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd, Woodford Folk Festival, Folkline WFF, BEMAC, Crystal Castle,  Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute, Karuna Hospice,  Tibet Information Office, Himalayan Film Festival, BiFF, Yak Trak, Chris Hooper Promotions and Tibetan Community Qld



Tibetan Dance Workshop

 ChamDanceTibetan Dance Workshop
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Thurs 23rd and Fri 24th Jan
Venue : Turbine Platform FREE

Tibetan folk dance combines singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by dance master Tenzing Yeshe , 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.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga

kungaTibetan Yoga with Kunga
11:30am – 1:00pm
Thurs & Fri Only
Venue : Turbine Platform FREE

A series of movements reported to be more than 2,500 years old, Tibetan Five Rites Yoga is designed to give you a renewed sense energy and vitality. Born in Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before emigrating to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied Indian and Tibetan Yoga systems, massage and traditional healing practices. Kunga completed his studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.

Talk/Panel Dialogue

11:30am – 1:00pm Sat 25th Jan (Turbine) FREE


With kalon Dicki Chhoyang Tibet’s foriegn minister, Senetor Larissa Waters for Greens and Ven Yeshi Khandro of Karuna Hospice

His Holiness the 14th  Dalai Lama is an extraordinary example of a life dedicated to peace, compassion, and unity. What he represents, and what he has accomplished, heals and transcends the current tensions between Tibet and China. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores just why he has earned the world’s love and respect, and how restoring Tibet’s meaningful autonomy within greater China is not only possible, but highly reasonable, and absolutely necessary for all humans to have a peaceful future.


1:30pm – 2:30pm Sat 25th Jan (Turbine) FREE


With Miffi Maxmillion Spiritual Program Coordinator of Langri Tangpa Centre, Karma Phuntsok Master Thanka painter and Ven Drolma Dharma teacher from Chenrezig Buddhist Centre
Meditation is one of the best tools
we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health. Meditation cultivates equanimity and compassion, allowing you to be present with a loved one, client or co-worker and really listen to what they are saying and what they may need.


WHY TIBET? Action for Tibet 101
3:00 pm – 4:30pm Sat 25th (Park Mezz) FREE


With Kyinzom Dhongdue, Lesley Dimmock and Lobsang Lungtok

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.

Mystical Tibet Concert

8:00 pm Sat 25th Jan
Venue : Visy $30 Con$25

The Mystical Tibet Concert creates a perfect musical potion through the combination of Tibetan ritual dances and Chants by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Beautiful folk dances and songs by Yeshi. And Collaboration of Camerata of St John’s, Queensland’s acclaimed professional chamber orchestra and Tenzin Choegyal is Truly elegant, Geoff Wood of ABC described it as – “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.”

Camerata 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. Not to be missed

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Ritual Theatre … in the Between

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Ritual Theatre  … in the Between
Meditations and Illuminations on the ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’
8:00pm Friday 24th Jan
Venue : Visy Theatre $30  Con $25

Brings together four of Australia’s finest multi-cultural collaborators in a highly original interpretation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Using selected readings, musical meditations. and sound illuminations this theatrical and profound musical experience provides an insight into how we can prepare for the mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’.

The Bardo Thotrol (The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Between)  was composed by the great Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century. It was buried in central Tibet and rediscovered in the 14th century. First published in the west in 1927, it is arguably the most popular Tibetan Buddhist text and has been reinterpreted in scholarly works,film, and song by luminaries including Chögyam Trungpa, Sögyal Rinpoche, Robert Thurman, John Lennon, and Leonard Cohen.

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WOMEN WITH WISDOM …in Conversation with Kalon Dicki Chhoyang

…in Conversation with Kalon Dicki Chhoyang Tibet’s Foreign Minister

dickiwww7:00pm  Thursday 23rd Jan Q&A/Film
Venue : Visy Th
eatre  $25

Join Dicki Chhoyang, Foreign Minister (Kalon) of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, for a revealing and interactive discussion about persistence in global dialogue and negotiation and the quest for a resolution to the ongoing occupation of Tibet.  For over four decades, first as an activist and then as Foreign Minister, Dicki Chhoyang has worked tirelessly to amplify the voices of Tibet on the global stage.  Kalon Dicki Chhoyang will also speak about her position as a role model for young Tibetan women who wish to participate in public and political affairs, spheres which until relatively recently were the domain of laymen and monks.

Preceding the Q&A session will be a screening of ‘A Song for Tibet’, a documentary by Canadian film maker Anne Henderson.  ‘A Song for Tibet’ poignantly traces the formative journey of a young Dicki Chhoyang as she travels from the Tibetan Diaspora in Canada to Dharamsala, India, the hub of the Tibetan community-in-exile and home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Kyinzom Dhongdue, the Communications and Government Relations Manager at Australia Tibet Council will take the role of moderator.

Phone (07) 3358 8600 or

Chakra Healing with Sal Battaglia

Chakra Healing with Sal Battaglia
1:30pm – 2:30pm Friday ONLY $25  with Sal Battaglia
Venue : Park Mezzanine

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.

Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

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

Duration: 1hr

Breathing with Grand Shakuhachi Master Riley Lee

Riley_bamboo11:30pm – 2:30pm Thursday ONLY $25
Venue : Park Mezzanine

Dr Riley Lee, ethno-musicologist and Grand Master of the Shakuhachi (traditional bamboo flute) developed a series of breathing exercises to promote health, vitality. and wellbeing. Riley started teaching breathing workshops in the late 1980s, at the suggestion of his Shakuhachi students, he has since refined and expanded his repertoire of exercises, gleaned from a number of sources and from his long and focused relationship with shakuhachi. The exercises are designed to create an awareness of one’s breath while at the same time, improving the strength and control of the muscles used in breathing. His workshops are legendary,  and single sessions have been attended by as many as two thousand people.

Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 


Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy with Phuntsok Choegyel
3:00pm – 4:30pm Thursday and Friday (Graffiti) $25 Con
Venue : Graffiti Room

Learn the fundamentals of Tibetan script with Brisbane’s own 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.
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 60mins

Tibetan Painting Workshop with Master Karma Phuntsok

Tibetan Painting Workshop

9:30am – 11:00am Thursday, Friday, and Saturday $25 Con
Venue : Graffiti Room

Paint your own Buddha with  Master Karma Phuntsok

Learn some simple techniques used in traditional Tibetan Drawing and Painting. The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist 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.

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)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 90mins

Mantra Meditations with Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet

Mantra Meditation with Monks of Tibet
9:00am Daily Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Venue : Turbine Platform FREE

Start your day with a clear and alert mind. The Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet offer a special meditation experience using mantra recitation – energy-based sounds which produce healing vibrations.

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