Tibetan Freedom Torch
The Tibetan Freedom Torch was lit in Olympia, Greece on 10th of March, 2008, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising Day. The Tibetan Freedom Torch represents the hopes and aspirations of the Tibetan people for freedom and justice. It will be carried to more than 20 countries worldwide, reaching Tibet on the eve of the Beijing Games.
The Freedom Torch also highlights Tibetan opposition to the Chinese government’s politically motivated plan to carry the Olympic Torch through Tibet and to the top of Mount Everest. The Tibetan Freedom Torch will begin its Canadian leg in Victoria on Friday May 9, and will arrive in Vancouver on Saturday May 10 before visiting Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
VICTORIA – Friday, May 9th
Victoria will be celebrating the Tibetan Freedom Torch on Friday, May 9.
4:00 - 4:30 - Tibetan prayers and blessing at Mile 0
4:30 - 5:30 - The Torch will be run through the James Bay area (The first 10-15 minutes will be at a walking pace.)
5:30 - Ceremony at the Legislature grounds
Please join us at Mile 0 and/ or the Legislature. If you are a runner, we invite you also to participate in the run but please get in touch before the event at email@example.com
VANCOUVER, Saturday, May 10th
12:00 noon to 1:15pm: Rally at the Chinese Consulate, 3380 Granville Street. Gather with Tibetans and supporters to light the “Freedom Torch” in front of the Chinese Consulate.
12:30pm to 2:30pm - Freedom Torch Relay - Tibetan relay runners and their supporters will carry the torch in a circuit North across Granville Bridge, loop South across Burrard Bridge, and then return to the Chinese Consulate to the Rally. They will be greeted at the Consulate by the supporters at the Rally and then will loop around False Creek completing the run at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side).
2:00pm to 4:30pm: TIBETAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL, Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side). After the Rally at the Consulate supporters will go to the Vancouver Art Gallery by public transit or personal vehicle. Performers include:
- Hayfa makes Music
- Tibetan Children’s Choir of British Columbia
- Music and dance of the Uyghur people (East Turkistan)
- Sontsa Generation (Tibetan Hip-Hop)
- Pepe Danza
Please join this celebration of culture, determination, and the spirit of survival in the face of adversity.
Organized by: Canada Tibet Committee and Students for a Free Tibet
CALGARY – Sunday, May 11th
1:00 pm : Torch run (estimating it will take 1 ½ hrs) 5 km run
with about 10 runners carrying the torch (the route is still being
determined but the run will end at the Chinese Consulate)
Around 3:00 pm : Panel discussion at the U of C following the run
(re: Politics surrounding the Olympic Games and Olympic Torch).
Q&A session after the movie
Wrap up by 7:00 pm.
OTTAWA – Thursday, May 15th
MONTREAL – Friday, May 16th
The Montreal Tibetan Freedom Marathon
The Montreal leg of the Freedom Torch relay will start at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 16th at Parc Kelso in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. The Torch will travel by bike along the Lachine Canada to the Old Port where it will be passed to a series of runners travelling along St. Paul to Beaver Hall and along Rene Levesque to Westmount Park. The Torch will then be biked via the de Maisonneuve bike path to Berri and finally to Parc Lafontaine where it will be passed to a series of walkers who will carry the Torch to the Olympic Stadium for a welcoming ceremony beginning at 5:00 PM.
TORONTO – Sunday May 18th
Toronto Freedom Torch Festival
The torch relay will begin at 11:00 am in front of the Chinese Consulate. The torch will then proceed south on St. George St., turning east on Bloor St. W., south on Yonge St., west on Queen St. and ending at Nathan Philips Square.
The theme for the Toronto leg of the relay is passing the torch from the older generation to the younger generation. The relay will start with an elderly Tibetan and finally have our youngest members finish the relay off at the Nathan Philips Square festival.
The Festival will begin at 12:00 Noon and include a variety of performances and speakers throughout the day and evening. It will end at 10:00 pm.
Planning of specific event details is currently underway. Continue to check the “Upcoming Events” section at www.tibet.ca
for updates on this event across Canada.