In creating Festival of Tibet, Festival Director Tenzin Choegyal aims to celebrate Tibetan culture and acknowledge the resilience of the Tibetan people, while highlighting some of the issues which continue to affect his homeland.
Through films, theatre, music, forums, dance, meditation, and grass roots activism, Festival patrons will be informed and entertained by local and international guests.
FILM: Road to Peace
7pm, Wed 22 January
All Tickets $15
Road to Peace follows the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message with the West. This intimate documentary candidly reveals his nature and wisdom, and shows how he inspires millions of people of all nationalities and creeds to live more meaningful lives in harmony with each other and with the planet on which we live. For the first time ever on film, this unique portrait captures the simple, human and humorous side of the Dalai Lama and reveals his personal and powerful legacy for this and future generations.
WOMEN WITH WISDOM: A Conversation with Tibet’s Foreign Minister
7pm, Thu 23 January
All Tickets $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.
RITUAL THEATRE: …In The Between
Meditations and Illuminations on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
8pm, Fri 24 January
Full $30, Concession $25
…In The Between 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.
8pm, Sat 25 January
Full $30, Concession $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, the collaboration of Camerata of St John’s, Queensland’s acclaimed professional chamber orchestra and Tenzin Choegyal. Geoff Wood of ABC described it as “…a completely new genre of music, what we might call Tibetan Folk Chamber Music.”
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.