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– 2016 Festival

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.

WED 20 APRIL–SUN 04 MAY, 2016
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

Make your own meditation blend with Sal Battaglia

Make your own meditation blend with Sal Battaglia

button_bookonline2.00pm – 4.00pm Fri 28th April (Park Mez) – $30

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy and Perfect Potion founder Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop.

Sal2Learn 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.

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop

button_bookonline2.00pm – 3.00pm Wed 26th and Thurs 27th April (Turbine Studio) – $25

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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.

Tibetan Painting Workshops

Tibetan Painting Workshops
11.30 am – 1.00pm
Wed 26
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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.

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.

Making Peace with the Earth with Dr Vandana Shiva (TALK)

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7.30pm Wednesday 20th April (Powerhouse Theatre) – $35

“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalisation author Dr Vandana Shiva has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time.  The disastrous gas leak in Bhopal from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in 1984 compelled Dr Shiva to shift her focus from Physics to environmental policy, the protection of agricultural diversity, organic farming and fair trade.  Author of over 20 books including Making Peace with the Earth, Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars, Dr Shiva highlights the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalisation. Due to her first book, Staying Alive and her progressive views on women’s involvement in agriculture, Dr Shiva is also known as an eco-feminist who has helped redefine perceptions of women in developing countries.  Dr Shiva chairs the Commission on the Future of Food and is a board member of the International Forum on Globalisation.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr Shiva as one of the seven most powerful women in the world.

This evening, moderated by Paul Barclay host of Big Ideas, ABC Radio National, and is titled Making Peace with the Earth. We will enjoy Dr Shiva’s sharing of the importance of the soil itself which was acknowledged by the UN General Assembly when it declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia will also be a particular focus. 

Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling address will be complemented by evocative music by Tenzin Choegyal and friends.

Tibet on Fire Concert (CONCERT)

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8:00pm Thursday 21st April (Visy) – $30

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Tibet on Fire Concert features folk dances and songs by some of Australia’s most exciting Tibetan musicians. Presented by Tenzing Yeshi from Melbourne, a graduate of the acclaimed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) which is the most prominent, active and flourishing centre for Tibetan cultural arts. With original music by Japan based Tibetan artist Genyen Tenzin and fabulous traditional folk dances by Brisbane’s own Tibetan artists Kunsang Dekey, Tenzin Methok and Tenzin Sherab.

The second half of the concert will bring the Roaring Fire Choir back to the Festival to create a truly elegant, vibarnt vocal concert.  The Roaring Fire Choir (a combination of ‘Tongues of Fire’ and ‘Roar’ choirs) is led by local vocal legend, Yani Choirmistress. A singer, performer, facilitator and choir mistress, Yani treats her audiences to a wide array of musical styles ranging from Blues to Gospel, traditional African to Indian devotional and from Soul to Klezmer.

Bardo Songs – Liberation through hearing (CONCERT)

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08:00pm Friday 22nd April (Visy) – $30

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Profound and moving, ‘Bardo Songs – Liberation through the senses’ features real-time painting by acclaimed Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok.  Together with extracts from the Tibetan Book of the Dead and a collaborative score coordinated by Festival Director Tenzin Choegyal and featuring some of Brisbane’s finest musicians – Marcello Milani, Shen Flindell, Peter Hunt, and Yeshe Reiner.  Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and songs – 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’. The ‘Bardo Thotrol’ (The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Between) was originally composed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 14th century. Although this book is ostensibly written for the dead, it is in fact about life.

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Karmic Imprints: Life After death (TALK)

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7.30pm Saturday 23rd April (Visy) – $20

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Concepts of Karma and rebirth are central to Buddhist philosophy.  In this not to be missed event, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most respected teachers will share his profound insight into these ideas when he joins the Festival of Tibet for ‘Karmic Imprints’ in the Powerhouse Theatre. 

When His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was only two years old, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of the 6th Ling Rinpoche (1903 – 1983). The 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was His Holiness’ main teacher and spiritual advisor throughout his lifetime, and accompanied His Holiness when he fled into exile from Tibet in 1959. His Holiness refers to him as “my Root Guru”. He was also supreme head of the Gelugpa tradition which is the largest tradition in Tibetan Buddhism.  Over many centuries, the incarnations of Ling Rinpoche were tutors to many Dalai Lamas.

The Festival of Tibet is honoured to have His Eminence join us from India and bless us with his presence and wisdom in 2016.  Don’t miss this auspicious event and the opportunity to hear one of Buddhism’s most respected teachers share his intimate understanding and experience of Karma, death and rebirth.

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PANEL DISCUSSION – TIBET, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR COMMON FUTURE

TIBET, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR COMMON FUTURE
11.30am – 1.00pm Saturday 23th April (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Tibet is an area of unparalleled environmental significance. It is the source of rivers upon which hundreds of millions across Asia depend. The mighty Tibetan Plateau – the roof of the world – has a profound influence on the global climate.
Today, despite having contributed almost nothing to the causes of climate change, Tibetans are seeing their world change before their eyes: their pastures drying up, the snow disappearing, the weather becoming more extreme and unpredictable. What’s more, this meltdown in Tibet holds grave consequences for the wider region and for the world at large.
The Paris climate agreement calls for climate solutions to uphold human rights and harness traditional knowledge. No one understands the roof of the world better than the Tibetans. It’s time to place Tibet at the centre of our discussions about climate change, and to see Tibetans as part of the solution. Our own future may depend on it.

This panel will hear perspectives from Tibetans, scientists, indigenous Australians and politicians on climate justice, the Tibetan environment, indigenous knowledge, and how we can all help create a more just and sustainable future.

Join us at our panel discussion about creating a just and sustainable future for all.
Panellists:
1. Tsering Dorje, Tibetan activist and former political prisoner
2. Michael Buckley, Canadian writer and filmmaker and author of Meltdown in Tibet
3. Larissa Baldwin, Aboriginal Australian climate activist, Seed national coordinator and AYCC Queensland campaigner
Moderated by Dr Simon Bradshaw, director of Australia Tibet Council and campaigner on climate change and human rights
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Finding EMPOWERMENT – Happiness in troubled times (TEACHING)

Finding EMPOWERMENT – Happiness in troubled times
2.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday 23rd April (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Join our much loved Khen Rinpoche discuss techniques used to maintain a happy state of mind in a troubled world. Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering discusses the essence of Tibetan culture which is 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 approach in everyday life. In this conversation with, he will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer expression to discover the true path to happiness.