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Festival of Tibet 2019: 1,000 Stories

Karma Phuntsok with Tenzin Choegyal & Friends

Presented by Tenzin Choegyal in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Profound and moving, the 1000 Stories performance art event features real-time painting by acclaimed Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok – the living treasure of Tibetan contemporary arts.

The painting is accompanied by a collaborative score coordinated by Festival of Tibet Director Tenzin Choegyal and featuring some of Brisbane’s finest musicians and members of the acclaimed Tibet2Timbuk2 – Marcello Milani, Shen Flindell, Richard Grantham and Tenzin Yeshi.

Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and a mesmerising unfolding live visual art experience provides a window into the moments of mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’.

An image speaks a thousand words, while beautiful music can take you on a journey of encyclopedic proportion! Come along to 1000 Stories to also see Tibet2Timbuk2 launch their long awaited new album and be the first to hear this highly anticipated new repertoire.


The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist art. Though formally trained as a traditional Thanka painter, Karma applies different techniques and materials in his work, often creating futuristic expressions of the time-honoured craft. 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 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.

David Templeman

This is a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that, for all its unlikeliness, has resulted in a musical masterpiece.

Mike Raine Indie-CDs on Tibet2Timbuk2

More Info

About Karma Phuntsok:
I was born in 1952 in Lhasa, Tibet. My family and I fled Tibet after the uprising against the Chinese in 1959, escaping into India as refugees. I studied drawing and painting through my school years in India. In 1973, I studied Thanka Painting with a master of traditional Tibetan Thanka painting in Nepal. Since then I have been making paintings based on Tibetan Buddhist deities.

In 1981, I migrated to Australia, and now live in the 'bush' north of Kyogle with my wife and son. My paintings are collected world-wide, and published in various books and magazines. My recent paintings are mostly experiments, interweaving traditional techniques and symbols, with modern inspirations.

About Tibet2Timbuk2:

Rollicking Tibetan folk, afro-reggae guitar grooves and intricate Indian tabla… Sounds as if they were made for each other! Together, Tenzin Choegyal, Marcello Milani and Shen Flindell create a new joyful sound that transcends cultural boundaries.

“This is a combination of Africa, India and Tibet, that, for all its unlikeliness, has resulted in a musical masterpiece.” (Mike Raine, Indie-CDs)

Tibet2Timbuk2 has an eclectic repertoire resulting in an overall sound which is full and organic. All three musicians share melody, harmony, bass and percussion roles to create a solid yet easy groove.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.