February 17, 2011
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Tibet’s Rich Cultural Heritage Showcased at Australia’s Multicultural Festival [Thursday, 17 February 2011, 3:30 p.m.]


 
A Tibetan stall at the annual National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia, on 11-13 February 2011 Photos: OoT/Australia

DHARAMSHALA:
The cultural centre of the Office of Tibet in Canberra had showcased
Tibet’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage at the annual national
multicultural festival of Australia, winning accolades from thousands
of performers and visitors from across the nation and globe.
During the weekend of 11-13 February, Australia’s capital Canberra
celebrated the country’s rich and vibrant cultural diversity. The
nationalities of different countries living in Australia exhibit their
rich culture, food and folk dances during the festival. The embassies
also participate in the event to highlight their exhibits. This year the visitors got a glimpse of Tibet’s rich cultural heritage at the Tibetan stalls.
A wide array of traditional artifacts kept in the Tibetan homes such as
altar with idols of Buddha and items used in religious offerings made
of silver were put on display in a specially made tent house.  Inside
the tent, the wall was adorned with exquisite Tibetan scroll paintings
(Thangka) on brocade, and religious and household culinary items like
cups and teapots arranged on the table as customary in the Tibetan
households. The collection of traditional dances and songs
from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts were screened to exhibit
the dresses of Tibet. Moreover, the visitors who have keen
interest to learn about Tibet were apprised with nuggets of information
such as books authored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, websites on
Tibet, info on Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and scholarships
and educational programme of the Department of Education among others.

 
Visitors throng a Tibetan stall at the annual National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia, on 11-13 February 2011


Other Tibet related information like His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
visits around the world and cultural activities of the Office of Tibet
were widely disseminated to the visitors. The members of
Tibetan community in Canberra put up stalls to showcase Tibetan
cuisines. Tenzin Choegyal, a Tibetan artiste in Brisbane, sang folk
songs on Tibetan lute and he was joined by a performer from Japan. A
group of young dance troupes from the Tibetan community in Sydney
presented a folk dance on the beats of lute. In a message
to TibetNet, Representative Sonam Norbu Dagpo said: “The visitors took
great delight and interest in the Tibetan aspect of the festival. The
organising committee of the Canberra multicultural festival awarded the
first prize to our office for its excellence in display category.”
The rich flavor of the Tibetan cuisines and the melodious Tibetan folk
songs and dances were also very much admired by the visitors, Mr Dagpo
said.

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