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FESTIVAL of TIBET
In honour of HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 19th – 25th Jan 2015
“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”
HH the 14th Dalai Lama

The seventh annual Festival of Tibet will be 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.

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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 Village schools in India.
Jetsun Pema, lovingly known as ‘Ama la” (Tibetan for Mother) and younger sister to His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, will be making her much awaited return visit to the Festival of Tibet. UNESCO medal winner and first female Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile, Ama la will reflect on her experiences at a special forum and concert.
The opening concert will feature the popular and much loved international performers, Deva Premal and Miten. Deva and MIten will have just completed a 25 country world tour and are looking forward to presenting their evening of chanting ‘Prayers for Peace’ in support of the people of Tibet.
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.

 TICKETS Booking  www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or (07) 3358 8600

PACKAGE DEALS
“4 x Workshop Package Deal $85*. The Workshop package includes: 1x Painting workshop / 1x Dumplings workshop / 1x Chakra healing workshop / 1x Calligraphy workshop

Evening Session Package Deal $85*. This package includes: 1x Film: Compassion in Exile / 1x Tibet My Story: In Conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema / 1x Beyond Optimism / 1x Mystical Tibet Concert.

Festival Package Deal $160*. This exciting package combines the 4 X Workshop Package Deal and the Evening Session Package Deal.

*An additional $6 fee applies to each Package booking transaction.”

Proudly sponsored by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane Powerhouse, Perfect Potion and supported Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd, Tibet Information Office, Himalayan Film Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute, Tibetan Education Fund, Chris Hooper Promotions and Tibetan Community of Qld Inc.

 

WOMEN WITH WISDOM – Melbourne Special Event

WOMEN WITH WISDOM is night of music and inspirational conversation with Tencho Gyatso, 
daughter of Jetsun Pema La (Younger sister of His Holiness Dalai Lama), Meshel LaurieKerry ArmstrongTenzin Choegyal and the Tarella Strings, moderated by Gabriel Lafitte. 

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Tencho Gyatso, is the daughter of Jetsun Pema. Born in Dharamsala, the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan administration, Tencho was educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village school and St Bede’s College in Shimla, India. She served as an elected member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile for two terms during which, among her other work, she traveled widely to Tibetan settlements in India, and to speak on Tibet to various governmental and NGO groups in Europe and the United States.

She moved to the United States in 1999 to join her husband, Losang Gyatso, a contemporary Tibetan artist. She and her family currently live in Washington DC, where she oversees the Tibetan Empowerment and Chinese Engagement programs at the International Campaign for Tibet, an organisation which works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people.

Along the way, Tencho also acted in Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun, playing the role of the Dalai Lama’s mother, and started the popular Tibetan food blog, Simply Tibetan.

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2015 Talks

TALKS AND PANELS

PANEL : WHY THE DALAI LAMA MATTERS?
11:30am – 1:00pm Sat 25th Jan (Turbine) FREE

His Holiness the 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.

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

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

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.

2015 Workshops

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All tickets for Workshops will be on sale late November …

Morning Meditation with Lama Khedup
Tues – Sun 9.00am – 9.30am (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Start your day with a clear and alert mind with Lama Khedup’s (ex-Gyuto Monastery) 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”. Lama Khedup will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energized.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
Tues – Sun 9.30am – 10.30am (Turbine Platform) FREE

Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before finally 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.

Tibetan Painting Workshops
11.30 am – 1.00pm Wed 21st, Thurs 22nd & Fri 23rd Jan (Graffiti Room) – $25 button_bookonline

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Spend some time with Master painter Karma Phuntsok and learn some simple techniques used in traditional Tibetan 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.

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop
1.30pm – 2.30pm Wed 21st and Thurs 22nd Jan (Turbine Studio) – $25 button_bookonlinemomo

Learn 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.

 Chakra Healing with Sal Battaglia
1.30pm – 2.30pm Fri 23rd Jan  (Turbine Studio)-  $25 button_bookonline

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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.

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
3.00pm – 4.30pm Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Jan (Graffiti Room) – $25 button_bookonline

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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.

Tibetan Dance Workshop
4.00pm – 4.30pm Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Jan (Turbine Platform) – FREE

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Tibetan folk dance combines both singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by accomplished dance teacher 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.

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Make your own Mala
10:00am to 12:00  – 2:00 to 4:00pm Tues – Sun (Mosquito Foyer)

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

 

2015 Exhibition

SAND MANDALA by Lama Khedup Bhutia
10:00am – 5:00pm Tues – Sun (Turbine Platform)

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Throughout the Festival, mandala master Lama Khedup 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 (Sunday 25th Jan @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

 

TIBETAN ART EXHIBITION
Tues – Sun (Mosquito Foyer)

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Fest Deals

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BRISBANE FESTIVAL OF TIBET SCHEDULE  2015
Details of Festival Package Deals for concerts and workshops

“4 x Workshop Package Deal $85*.
 The Workshop package includes: 1x Painting workshop / 1x Dumplings workshop / 1x Chakra healing workshop / 1x Calligraphy workshop

Evening Session Package Deal $85*. This package includes: 1x Film: Compassion in Exile / 1x Tibet My Story: In Conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema / 1x Beyond Optimism / 1x Mystical Tibet Concert.

Festival Package Deal $160*. This exciting package combines the 4 X Workshop Package Deal and the Evening Session Package Deal.

*An additional $6 fee applies to each Package booking transaction.”

Please call the Brisbane Powerhouse
box office on (07) 3358 8600

Special Event In Melbourne following Festival of Tibet
Folks in Melbourne a very special event for you all. For the first time Ama Jetsun Pema, Meshel Laurie and Kerry Armstrong will be sharing the stage together.  Titled Women with Wisdom, the evening will be one of inspirational conversation along with music provided by Tenzin Choegyal and Tarella strings. Click the flyer below for Tickets.

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Jetsun Pema’s biography is extensive, listed here are just a few highlights of her life well lived!
In 1990, Jetsun Pema was elected to Central Tibetan Administration and is the first Tibetan Woman Minister elected to Tibetan Parliament in exile. In 1995 The Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies, awarded her the title, ‘Mother of Tibet’, in recognition of her dedication and service to the Tibetan children.
Jetsun Pema published her autobiography ‘Tibet: My Story’ in 1996, in 1997 she portrayed her real – life mother in the film ‘Seven Years in Tibet’.  In 1999 Jetsun Pema received the UNESCO award. Known and loved around the world, Ama la travels and speaks widely about her people in exile and her work for Tibetan Children.

Meshel Laurie is a stand-up comedian of some 20 years’ experience, a radio and television broadcaster and writer.
She is currently co-host of Nova’s breakfast show in Melbourne with Tommy Little, broadcasting weekdays on the Nova Network from 6-9am.  She is a regular panelist on TEN’s The Project.  Other television credits include Spicks and Specks, Can of Worms, Rove, The Circle, ADBC, Adam Hills: In Gordon Street Tonight and This Week Live to name but a few.

In 2013 Meshel released her first book, a memoir titled “The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny” and she continues to blog at MeshelLaurie.com.  The site is also dedicated to connecting charitable people with charitable organizations, and fighting racism.  She is also a regular contributor to Sunday Life magazine
Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.

Kerry Armstrong  is an acclaimed award-winning actress who landed her first television role at just fifteen, before appearing in The Sullivans, The Getting of Wisdom and Prisoner.
Kerry moved to New York in the early 1980s to study at the Herbert Berghof School. In 1987, Kerry returned to Melbourne and has established herself an actor winning two AFI Awards in 2001 (for ABC drama series Sea Change and for the feature film Lantana) She became the first actress in Australia to win the Best Performance by an Actress award in both a feature film and television category in the same year.
Kerry Armstrong places a great deal of importance on her charitable work and is extremely proud of her role as official ambassador for Mind Shift – The National Self Esteem Initiative.  She has published two practical empowering self help books.

Why Tibet ? Our Tibet Story

Why Tibet – Our Tibet Story 3.00pm –
4.30pm Sat 24th Jan  (Turbine Platform)-  FREE
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Ever wanted to take action for Tibet but don’t know where to start? Hosted by the Brisbane branch of 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 cause and help create a better future.

This session will showcase the ‘Our Tibet Story’ series in which Tibetans in Australia share their stories of loss, courage and hope. Australia has a small yet strong community of over 1000 Tibetans, many of whom are former political prisoners and have experienced life under China’s rule. Through their personal stories, Our Tibet Story counters China’s propaganda and celebrates the human spirit of courage and hope.

For six decades, the Tibetans have committed to non-violent resistance in their freedom struggle. However, today violence grabs the headlines and moves leaders to action. A better world is possible by embracing the positive stories of non-violent resistance.

Our Tibet Story is an initiative of Australia Tibet Council enabling Tibetans in Australia to share their stories in their own words. For more information on the project, visit www.ourtibetstory.org

Finding Happiness in troubled times

Finding Happiness in troubled times
1.30pm – 2.30pm Saturday 24th Jan (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Join the much loved Khensur Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering and explore ways of achieving peace of mind and come to terms with life’s inherent suffering. Examine the roots of many of the problems facing the world and how we can approach these calamities in a way that alleviates suffering, and helps us in our personal quests to be happy. Through this in-depth conversation, attendees will identify the cultural influences and ways of thinking that lead to personal unhappiness, making sense of the hardships we face personally, as well as the afflictions suffered by others. Khensur Rinoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering was Abbot of Gyu-me Tantric College in India and is Patron of the Good Fortune Trust and School of Buddhist Science in Brisbane.

The Dalai Lama’s legacy?

The Dalai Lama’s legacy – who can carry it? 
11.30am – 1.00pm Saturday 24th Jan (Turbine Platform) FREEDLegacy-3 copyHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inspires intense devotion amongst Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.  He is much loved and respected by millions of people around the world.  He has democratised and secularised the Tibetan administration in exile and has tirelessly worked to preserve Tibetan religion and culture as well as promoting compassion and religious tolerance on a global scale.  Mr Lhakpa Tsoko, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative in Australaisa, joins us from India to discuss the impact and legacy of His Holiness and his thoughts for the future.  Tempa la will be joined by Dalai Lama In Australia general manager, Lynn Bain la and award-winning author, poet and journalist, Barry Hill whose latest release, Peacemongers has been described as ‘a book of ethics for the coming times.’ This Panel Discussion will be moderated by Tsewang Thupten a passionate youth of future Tibet.

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Barry Hill is a poet and historian who has won Premier’s Awards for poetry and non-fiction and the essay. He is possibly best known for the multi-award winning biography of T G H Strehlow, Broken Song, which has been described as ‘one of the great Australian books.’  His short fiction has been widely anthologized and translated into Japanese and Chinese.

His most recent book is Peacemongers, a travel book, a history book, a peace book. His odyssey begins with a pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha received enlightenment, and ends after he reaches Nagasaki, in Japan, in the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Hill’s quest is for some understanding of peace as it was explored by Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. His journey revisits the Tokyo War Crimes Trial and involves a critical engagement with Japanese Buddhism and its failure to resist war.

Barry Hill has been trying to be a good Buddhist for almost four decades. His book is as acutely personal as it is political, and it invites the reader to enter it as a long poem, a prayer, a meditation, a work of art devoted to the ordeals of making peace.

 

Mystical Tibet Concert with Camerata of St John’s and Tenzin

Mystical Tibet Concert
8.00pm Saturday 24th Jan (Turbine Studio) – $30
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The Mystical Tibet Concert creates a perfect musical potion through the combination of Tibetan Chants by Lama Khedup, Beautiful folk dances and songs by Tenzing Yeshi and Qld Tibetan Community Dance Troupe. Second half a collaboration between Camerata of St John’s, Queensland’s acclaimed professional chamber orchestra and Tenzin Choegyal is truly a elegant and groundbreaking fusion of traditions. First half will be Beautiful folk dances and songs by Tenzing Yeshi and Qld Tibetan Community Dance troup and Tibetan chants of Lama Khedup.

Geoff Wood of ABC described it as – “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.” 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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Beyond Optimism – Performance Art

Beyond Optimism – Performance Art
8.00pm Friday 23rd Jan (Turbine Studio) – $30
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Atmospheric and moving, ‘Beyond Optimism’ features real-time painting by acclaimed Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, performance poetry by Tibetan activist Sonam Lhamo and a collaborative score coordinated by Festival Director Tenzin Choegyal and featuring some of Brisbane’s finest musicians Shen Flindell on Tabla, Marchello Marcello Milani and Tenzin Choegyal of Tibet2Timbuk2 and Katherine Philp on Cello, Peter Hunt on Trumpet and Cye Wood on Violin. Inspired by the success of ‘The Tibet Effect’ at the Festival of Tibet, 2011, ‘Beyond Optimism’ will be a feast for the eyes, ears and intellect.

 

Tibet My STORY – Meshel Laurie in conversation with Jetsun Pema

Tibet My STORY – Meshel Laurie in conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema
7.00pm Thursday 22
nd Jan (Visy Theatre) – $30
For the first time Ama Jetsun Pema and Meshel Laurie will be sharing the stage together.
Not to be Missed……
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AmaLaTibetmyStory1 MeshelJoin ‘Mother of Tibet” Jetsun Pema la, our main festival guest speaker for an intimate conversation about her extraordinary personal journey with Meshel Laurie.  Jetsun Pema la is the sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, long term director of the Tibetan Children’s Village Schools, first female Minister in the Tibetan Government-in-exile and UNESCO medal winner.  The facilitated discussion will be punctuated by music by Tenzin Choegyal and the Tibetan Community dance troupe.

Meshel Laurie is a stand-up comedian of some 20 years’ experience, a radio and television broadcaster and writer. Meshel is currently co-host of Nova’s breakfast show in Melbourne with Tommy Little, broadcasting weekdays on the Nova Network from 6-9am.  She is a regular panelist on TEN’s The Project.  Other television credits include Spicks and Specks, Can of Worms, Rove, The Circle, ADBC, Adam Hills: In Gordon Street Tonight and This Week Live to name but a few.

In 2013 Meshel released her first book, a memoir titled “The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny” and she continues to blog at MeshelLaurie.com.  The site is also dedicated to connecting charitable people with charitable organizations, and fighting racism.  She is also a regular contributor to Sunday Life magazine. Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.

FILM : Compassion in Exile

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7.30pm Wed 21st Jan (Turbine Studio) – $15
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Compassion in Exile is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  Directed by Mickey Lemle and with music by Philip Glass, this stunning film documents the life story of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and his his unwavering efforts to bring attention to the plight of his people.  To the Tibetan people, His Holiness is the embodiment of the Buddha of compassion and his life story is testament to this ideal. Described by the New Times as, ‘alive filmmaking…intensely moving’, this film is a great way to acknowledge the 80th year of his birth.

Prayers for Peace (Special Festival Opening Concert)

Prayers for Peace  (Special Festival Opening Concert)
7:30pm  Monday 19th Jan (Powerhouse Theatre) $35/$45
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Their music has been described as ‘beautiful!’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and as ‘pure magic’ by author Eckhart Tolle. You’ll agree when you witness this unique duo performing their ancient Sanskrit mantras and songs of the spirit with special guest Tenzin Choegyal. Join us for a magical and uplifting evening of inner peace and bliss.  They have committed themselves to a nomadic existence, intent on sharing a life carried on the wings of these powerful healing formulas, known to the world as Mantra.

Deva & Miten have released a string of CD’s since their first, The Essence, in 1998, which rocketed to the top of New Age charts around the world. Their annual world tour, around 25 countries annually, attract thousands of devotees.

“Bring your voices and your open hearts to sing the mantras of peace with us in these intense times.
Om shanti Om”  Deva & Miten