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Festival of Tibet 2019: Free Events

Presented by Tenzin Choegyal in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane’s 11th annual Festival of Tibet is an event to remember, offering something for everyone – discussion, art, music, intrigue and philosophy.


Morning Meditation with Karma
FRI 26–SUN 28 APR 9am–9:30am 
Turbine Platform
Begin the day with a special meditation experience as Karma Phuntsok guides participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. This session will offer a general understanding of effective meditation methods to create a mind which is stable, calm and alertly clear.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
FRI 26–SUN 28 APR 9.30am–10.30am
Turbine Platform
Under the guidance of Tibetan yoga teacher Kunga, learn simple yet profound techniques that emphasis the integration of body, energy and mind.

Sand Mandala Creation
FRI 26 + SAT 27 APR 10am–5pm
SUN 28 APR 12.30pm (Sand Mandala Dissolution)
Turbine Platform
Over three days visitors to the Festival can watch as our resident monks create 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. Regarded within Tibetan Buddhism as sacred, sand mandalas were rarely seen outside of Tibet’s monasteries until a few decades ago. Exquisitely 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 28 April at 12.30pm.

Print Your Wishes – Tsa Tsa Painting: Kids Activity
FRI 26 + SAT 27 APR 10am–11am + 2pm–3pm
Mosquito Foyer
Traditionally, prayer flags are printed using inked, hand-carved woodblocks on cloth dyed in five primary colours. When hung in high places it is said the prayers, mantras and powerful symbols on each flag are carried on the wind to benefit all sentient beings. The painting of tsa-tsas, small iconographic forms of various buddhas cast in clay or plaster, is an ancient form of devotional Buddhist art. Tsa tsas are placed on altars or at holy sites to eliminate obstacles, purify negativities and create positive energy. In this session you can try your hand at painting your own tsa tsa or printing prayer flags with special wishes for peace, compassion, prosperity and happiness.

Karmic Imprints: Liberation Through Seeing
Turbine Platform
View original contemporary artworks contributed by come of the most prominent and occasionally controversial Tibetan artists from around the world. Inspired by both political commentary and religious practice, this collection offers a fascinating insight into the minds of these artists who, in spite of occasional censorship, skillfully portray the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, tradition, spirituality and life in the modern world. This year, the exhibition will also feature a curated selection of ten photographs taken by Carolyn Christensen (Co-director Perfect Potion) of past Festival of Tibet events.

Happiness in Troubled Times: Public Talk
SAT 27 APR 11.30am–1pm
Turbine Platform
Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering will discuss the essence of Tibetan culture, 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 to everyday life, aligning one’s inner life with outer expression to discover the true path to happiness.
Prelude to this heartwarming discussion, Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia will give a talk  on the importance of Tibetan language to preserve the heritage of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Story of the Tibetan Nomad: Panel Discussion
SAT 27 APR 2pm–3.30pm
Turbine Platform
Join Australia Tibet Council (ATC) at the launch of a new report on the Tibetan nomads and grass-lands. Next year, China is establishing a system of national parks across the Tibetan Plat-eau, designating about 40 per cent of the whole plateau as directly controlled from Beijing, in the name of wildlife conservation and climate mitigation. Hear from ATC’s Kyinzom and Dr. Gabriel Lafitte report co-authors on what the new parks will mean for the traditional Tibetan way of life.


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.