Annual festival proceeds will benefit BC Tibetan children's cultural education in addition to the Tibetan Canadian Resettlement Project
VANCOUVER, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Tibetan Cultural Society of BC (TCSBC) and Tsengdok Monastery Association announced today that proceeds from this year's Tibet Fest of Vancouver will go towards continuing support of Tibetan children's education in traditional language and culture. Additionally, proceeds will also support the Tibetan Canadian Resettlement Project, an unprecedented humanitarian initiative by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Canadian government. It will see 1,000 displaced Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh, India, resettle in Canada over the next five years.
The largest Tibetan cultural festival in the city, Tibet Fest of Vancouver marks its fourth year with an exciting array of Tibetan cultural performances, art, music, cuisine, dharma-related activities, specialty vendors and events for the whole family. The cost of the event is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
"This year's event is going to be even bigger and better," said Tenzin Gyurme, president of TCSBC. "We have performances by popular Tibetan artists Tsering Lodoe and Karjam Saeji, the Tibetan Children's Music Ensemble, traditional-style debate by Tibetan monks, sand mandala, butter sculpture, Tibetan calligraphy and talks on Tibetan healing and Bon, the indigenous spirituality of Tibet. It will all be in the name of furthering cultural education for our children and helping Tibetans resettle in this great country."
The Tibetan Canadian Resettlement Project will provide refugees with greater hope, as well as opportunities for present and future generations. Successfully resettled Tibetans in Canada bring diverse skill sets, creativity and a strong sense of giving back to the community. There will be a presentation and information booth at the festival on the project.
When: August 3, 2013
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, Vancouver
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Tibet Fest of Vancouver History
Established in 2010 by Tsengdok Rinpoche in association with TCSBC, Tibet Fest Vancouver has been a huge success in attracting thousands and raising significant funds for humanitarian initiatives. In 2010, all proceeds were sent to the Jyekundo/Yushu earthquake relief efforts in Tibet via Machik. In 2011, the 2nd Tibet Fest raised money for the Japanese Tsunami Relief via Red Cross and the Tibetan Resettlement Project. In 2012, the 3rd Tibet Fest donated its proceeds to the Tibetan Resettlement Project as it entered a critical stage of development, with the first group of newcomers to arrive as early as 2013.
About The Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia
TCSBC was incorporated in 1981 by Tibetans living in the Greater Vancouver region as a non-sectarian and charitable organization under the BC Societies act. The main aim of the society is to help promote and preserve Tibetan culture and heritage. This has meant placing great emphasis on ensuring that the next generation has the opportunity to appreciate and learn about their unique patrimony. These are the core values and purposes of this society along with the prime objective to adhere to the non-violent principles espoused by their Spiritual leader, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet. For more information, please visit: www.tcsofbc.org
Tibet Fest welcomes all levels of support in the form of cash, services or goods. All sponsors will receive recognition across their promotional materials. Please contact TCSBC for more details.
SOURCE: Tibet Culture Festival of Vancouver
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