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Be The Ocean – Festival of Tibet 
Tenzin Choegyal + Camerata
Presented by: Brisbane Powerhouse
Thu 22 Jun 2023 7:00 PM – UNDERGROUND THEATRE

Take the great ocean,
Practice without any sense of depth or surface.
If you are happy practicing with the ocean,
Waves are the ocean’s magical display.
Be the ocean itself.

Festival of Tibet welcomes back its long-standing friend, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra to perform alongside Tibetan Grammy-nominated artist Tenzin Choegyal.

Traditional Tibetan songs and Tenzin’s spirited storytelling are enriched by the powerful string sounds of Camerata’s quintet.
The concert is a beautiful intersection of a long-term friendship – both artistic and personal – between Tenzin and Camerata cellist Katherine Philp.
Sublime string arrangements pay homage to Tenzin’s Tibetan lineage in this moving performance.

Ticket Link – https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=BPHOCEAN23


Homeland – Festival of Tibet
In Conversation with the President of Tibet
Presented by: Brisbane Powerhouse
Fri 23 Jun 2023 7:00 PM – UNDERGROUND THEATRE

Join us for an exclusive conversation with the democratically-elected political leader of the Tibetan people, the Honourable Sikyong Penpa Tsering.

Experience a rare opportunity to hear firsthand about the Honourable President’s vision for Tibet’s education and climate crisis, as he engages in conversation with Sarah Kanowski from ABC Radio’s Conversations.

The evening will also feature a moving and immersive performance by Tenzin Choegyal and friends.

Sarah Kanowski co-presents ABC Radio’s Conversations, the most downloaded podcast in Australia. She previously presented Books and Arts on ABC Radio National and edited the Tasmanian literary magazine Island. She has also worked with the British Council in London, and volunteered teaching children in Ecuador, herding goats in Chile, and washing dishes in Israel.

Ticket Link – https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=BPHHOMEL23

Hon. Sikyong Penpa Tsering is the President of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile, formally known as Central Tibetan Administration, headquartered in Dharamsala in northern India. He was elected the Sikyong (President in Tibetan) in 2021 in an election participated by exiled Tibetans spread across nearly 30 countries, including Australia.

Penpa was one of the longest-serving Members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, having served from 1996 to 2016 and the last two terms as the Speaker.

Born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in southern India, Penpa completed his degree in economics from Madras Christian College.

Penpa also headed the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Center in New Delhi, where he worked to build parliamentary support for Tibet in India and globally.

He has also served as the Representative of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government-in-Exile to North America.

Penpa is a leading proponent of the Middle Way Approach, a policy proposal initiated by the Dalai Lama and endorsed by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, to attain genuine autonomy for Tibetans living in the three historical provinces of Tibet within the framework of the People’s Republic of China.

A key figure in Tibetan politics, Penpa has played an instrumental role in strengthening Tibetan democratic institutions, lobbying world governments and parliaments to support the human rights of Tibetans, and seeking to find a negotiated resolution to the Sino-Tibet conflict.