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Celebrate the Festival of Tibet at Auckland Museum

Celebrate the Festival of Tibet at Auckland Museum

For the first time in New Zealand, an event is being held to showcase the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Tibet.

Running from 17 January to 29 February the festival features concerts, exhibitions, talks and a Living Treasures Day of events at Auckland Museum on Sunday 18 January.

The special Living Treasures Day hosts some unique visiting Tibetan artists, and brings Tibetan culture to the people of Auckland through art, music and film.

Highlights of the day include visiting Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, who’s work has been internationally acclaimed and exhibited worldwide. Karma will be holding a Thangka painting demonstration. Karma will be joined by visiting Tibetan artist, Nyima Gyaltsen, who will also be holding a demonstration on her art form.

Visiting Tibetan musician, Tenzin Choegyal, will facilitate a Tibetan music workshop, as well as performing traditional Tibetan folk songs in the manner that has endeared him to audiences worldwide.

‘The Saltmen of Tibet’, a film by Ulrike Koch documenting the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community, will play throughout the day. In the afternoon, Anna Ackerman gives visitors ‘A glimpse of Tibet’ with her slideshow and talk.

Other highlights include the chance for kids to make their own prayer flags and paint their own tsa tsa, Venerable Sarah, a western Buddhist nun who will be telling her story, and a look at the crafts and textiles of Tibet with Samita Bhattacharjee.

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