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Musical Stars to Perform at Concert For Tibetan Culture in New York

February 26, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration
February 2, 2010

Dharamshala: Tibet House US will once again bring
together an amazing, original line-up of
contemporary artists during its 20th Annual
Benefit Concert to promote Tibetan culture at
Carnegie Hall on Friday, 26 February.

There will be sterling performances by stars such
as Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Gogol Bordello,
Philip Glass, Tenzin Kunsel, Iggy Pop, Patti
Smith, Regina Spektor & Pierce Turner.

Tibet House US Vice President Philip Glass acts
as the artistic director of the annual show and
is instrumental in putting together the line-up.
All money raised through ticket sales go to
benefit Tibet House's projects in the US.

"In order to preserve Tibetan culture, one of our
key aims is to introduce it to people," Tibet
House US president Dr Robert Thurman told The Huffington Post.

"Because when people see it, and see their art, and see the people,
and see the way they behave, and then the
history, then they kind of fall in love with
Tibet and then they really want to see it
preserved. It's interesting -- the Tibetans are
like the Na'vi, you know, like Avatar? God, the
Tibetans are like that. The essential tenet of
their culture is interconnectedness and
interdependence and cooperativeness and non-violence."

Thurman also encourages interested parties to
become members of Tibet House US and show their
support through making a contribution or volunteering.

Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet’s
unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil.

By presenting Tibetan civilisation and its
profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of
freedom to the people of the world, we hope to
inspire others to join the effort to protect and
save it. It is part of a worldwide network of
Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that
the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears
from the face of this earth, Dr. Thurman said.

Tibet House US was founded at the request of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration
in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural
institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan
civilization and culture, whatever the political
destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.

"I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique
heritage "born of the efforts of many human
beings of good spirit, of its contacts with
Mongolian, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Persian
culture, and of its natural environment -- has
developed a kind of energy which is very helpful
for cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life.

"I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to
help humanity, and particularly our Eastern
neighbour, where millions of young Chinese have
lost their spiritual values. In this way, I feel
very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a
role to play in the future of humanity," His Holiness said.

In 1991, Tibet House initiated The International
Year of Tibet as a worldwide celebration of
Tibetan culture, in close cooperation with the
Department of Religion and Culture of the Central
Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India. This
soon became a cascading international movement
celebrated in over 36 countries with more than
7,000 different events and activities.
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