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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.


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

“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. 




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.