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Advisory: Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday: Tibet Festival in the Park

June 15, 2010

Tibetan Commemorative Committee
London UK,
June 14, 2010

A free festival that celebrates the life and
ideals of the Dalai Lama and showcases the
endangered traditions and culture of Tibet

Event Date: Saturday 3rd July

Time: 12noon -- 6pm

Place: Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, London SE1
6HZ (next to Imperial War Museum)

Entrance: Free, donations welcome

More info: www.dalailamabirthday.org.uk

On Saturday 3rd July, the Geraldine Mary
Harmsworth Park (near the Tibetan Peace Garden1
that was opened by the Dalai Lama in 1999) will
be buzzing with musicians, entertainers and
performers from Tibet and around the world along
with an array of Tibetan and other stalls, Tibetan food and more.

Attractions and activities include:

· Dramatic traditional sacred Buddhist dances by
the Tashi Lhunpo monks of Tibet2

· Traditional and modern songs by world renowned Tibetan singer Soname3

· Mongolian overtone chanting by Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino4

· Colourful Tibetan dances and music from the
Tibetan Community in Britain dance group

· Parade of Tibetan costumes

· Tibetan tea in a traditional Tibetan nomadic tent

· The history of Tibetan medicine and traditional herbs exhibition

· Opportunity to  write personal birthday
messages to the Dalai Lama on a windhorse (paper prayer flag)

· A variety of workshops to discover some of the
colourful and distinct traditions of Tibet
including the art of the sand mandala, overtone
singing, butter sculptures, traditional Tibetan songs

· Children’s activities include face painting and
making prayer flags and yak puppets

· Plus other very special guest acts

Admission free. Donations very welcome ... or become an angel.

The festival has been organised by The Tibetan
Commemorative Committee (comprising of The Office
of Tibet, Tibetan Community in Britain and Tibet Society).
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In the event of any profit, proceeds will go to
the associated charities of the Commemorative
Committee, Tibet House Trust, Tibet Relief Fund
and Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust, all of
which have the Dalai Lama as their patron.

For background / further information contact:

Philippa Carrick, Chief Executive, Tibet
Society:  020 7272 1414 / 07941 105 485 email: philippa@tibetsociety.com

John Hutchin, Event Organiser, Tibetan
Commemorative Committee:  020 7272 1414 email: john@tibetsociety.com

The artists are available for interview and
pictures can be supplied on request.

Tibet Commemorative Committee is formed by:

The Office of Tibet  020 7722 5378  www.tibet.com
Tibetan Community in Britain 07725 054 471 www.tibetancommunityuk.org
Tibet Society  020 7272 1414  www.tibetsociety.com

Festival website: www.dalailamabirthday.org.uk

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
Location map:
http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=london%2C%20se1&countryCode=GB#map=51.49605,-0.10819|16|4&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.49601:-0.10833:16|SE1%206HZ|SE1%206HZ

Background notes

1. Tibetan Peace Garden.

In May 1999, His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened
and consecrated the Tibetan Peace Garden next to
the Imperial War Museum, London, UK. The Peace
Garden was commissioned by Tibet Foundation and
built on land kindly provided by Southwark
Council. It has been donated to the people of
Britain for all to enjoy. The Tibetan Peace
Garden honours one of the principal teachings of
His Holiness - the need to create understanding
between different cultures and to establish
places of peace and harmony in the world. It is
hoped that it will create a deepening awareness
of His Holiness’s thoughts and words.
http://www.tibet-foundation.org/art_culture/tibetan_peace_garden/

2. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most
important monasteries in Central Tibet besides
being the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama.
After the Tibetan national uprising that took
place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo
Monastery monks along with many thousands of
Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was
then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in
Karnataka State, India. Through the Tashi Lhunpo
Monastery UK Trust's educational and cultural
exchanges, including chanting and cham
performances, the monks share their unique
Tibetan culture and special monastic tradition
with people in Europe and other parts of the
world. Their 2010 UK tour include performances at
the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod,
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Cheltenham
Music Festival. http://www.tashi-lhunpo.org.uk/tour_2010_49.html

3. Soname

Soname was born in  Tibet and had to endure a
childhood in servitude, separated from her
parents and working in Chinese occupied Lhasa.
She didn't enjoy the privileges of education,
freedom and family life. At the age of 16 she
fled with a group of monks across the Himalayas -
a difficult and dangerous journey that thousands
of Tibetans must endure each year in order to
enjoy basic human rights. She finally arrived in
Dharamsala, Northern India, where HH Dalai Lama
has his home in exile. After six years she
travelled to England (by way of France) where she
has lived ever since, building a rapidly
progressing singing career. She has appeared on
Woman's Hour and Richard & Judy. Some highlights
of her musical career include performing at Tibet
Relief Fund's "Evening for Tibet" at the Royal
Opera House in London, at the Usher Hall in
Edinburgh in 2004 before the Dalai Lama's public
talk and at "Cinema for Peace" in Berlin in aid
of UNICEF in 2006 and 2007. She has also written
a very moving autobiography, A Child of Tibet. http://www.soname.com/

4. Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino

Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino are
multi-instrumentalist specializing in Mongolian
khöömii (Overtone) singing and have travelled to
Mongolia many times. They have principally
studied with Tserendaava, a master teacher from
Chandman' district, Khovd Province , west
Mongolia. Khöömii is an amazing style of
overtone/harmonic singing where one person sings
two or more distinct pitches at the same time. It
originates among the nomads of the central Asian
plateau, particularly the Altai and Sayan
mountain regions of Mongolia and Tuva. The nomads
of these parts have discovered how to sing
melodies that arise from the universal overtone
or harmonic series.
http://www.soundtransformations.btinternet.co.uk/index.htm

5. Be an angel ... support this inaugural Tibet festival

Hosted by the Tibetan Commemorative Committee,
this free festival will celebrate the life and
ideals of the Dalai Lama and showcase traditions
and culture of Tibet. However, although the
Commemorative Committee has an abundance of
enthusiasm, good will and commitment to making
the event a great day out for everyone, they do
not have much in the way of funds! Tibet Relief
Fund is delighted to be one of the supporters of
the event and is inviting friends, old and new,
to also help make this inaugural Tibetan cultural
festival a great success by becoming an angel ...
all donations received will go towards supporting
the festival and showcasing performances,
workshops and exhibitions of Tibetan culture and
traditions. You can donate online through: on
www.justgiving.com/TibetFestival2010   or call
Tibet Relief Fund on: 020 7272 1414. If you would
like to sponsor a specific workshop or activity,
please contact John on the above number or email
john@tibetsociety.com  http://www.justgiving.com/tibetfestival2010

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Tibetan Commemorative Committee
c/o Unit 9, 139 Fonthill Road, London N4 3HF, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7272 1414  Fax: +44 (0)20 7272 1410
http://www.dalailamabirthday.org.uk
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