Tibet Day 2018

A Tibet Day celebrating Tibetan culture will be held at the West Barn Bradford-On-Avon on Sunday 3rd June between 1 and 5pm.  The event will include Tibetan singing and dancing, Live Art, traditional Tibetan food and handicraft stalls.   There will be a chance to join in a Tibetan writing session, listen to stories of Tibet and the healing sounds of singing bowls.  
Tibetans from all over the south west will be attending in their distinctive traditional dress and will perform songs and dances from the High Himalayas.  There will be an opportunity for members of the public to join in the dancing.
A special performance will also be given by Tibetan children in full costume.
Live Art throughout the day will come from local artists Alexandra Gould and Carole Tonge who will paint a Tibetan inspired depiction of the Dalai Lama returning to his homeland, Tibet.
Organised by Bath District Tibet group, Zari Tibet and Bristol4Tibet.  Any donations on the day will be given to the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

The days program is as follows

  • 1pm – Opening ‘Sangsol’ Ceremony – Followed by Tibetan Singing and Dancing
  • 2pm – Chrildrens Activities
  • 3pm – Stories from Tibet
  • 4pm – Tibetan Dance workshop – All Welcome

Notes on the Live Art

In a celebration of the Tibetan Culture on Tibet Day 2018, a painting is being created in the West Barn, Bradford on Avon.   Artist Alexandra Gould and Printmaker Artist Carole Tong are working to a 4ft square design that loosely represents the spiritual and ritual Tibetan mandala. The Mandala is traditionally used to symbolize the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Within this framework, an image of the great monastic roof line of Tibet is central, depicting intricate craftsmanship of buildings and the vast landscape beyond.
Coral and other decorative beads surround the scene and are circled by an animal prayer mask, a tradition that originated in the 6th century and the majestic snow lion of the Tibetan Flag.
Borders are comprised of the colourful fabrics that hang within the monasteries and the patterns found on the people of Tibet. Woven embroidery in colourful stripes and elegant Tibetan cloud designs.
Perched in the top corners of the painting are two crows representing the connection between Mahakala, the crows, and the Dalai Lamas.
This connection is woven throughout the history of the Dalai Lamas beginning with the two crows who protected a baby who became the First Dalai Lama Chokey Geundun. Today the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet recalls that ‘a pair of crows came to roost on the roof of our house. They would arrive each morning, stay for while and then leave.’
Tibetan culture is rich in symbolism and we have sought to encapsulate some of this in painting. The design celebrates the Tibetan Language, taking inspiration from an example of Tashi Mannox’s calligraphy which means “to practice love in hand with understanding is the wisdom of compassion.”
It is by preserving this ancient language, song, dance and traditions that we can continue to learn of the accumulated knowledge and wisdoms stored in the Tibetan Libraries (references in the border at the base of the painting) and keep the Tibetan culture alive for future generations.