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First UK Tour by Tibetan Refugee Children from India

Dec 29, 2004

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First UK Tour by Tibetan Refugee Children from India

Tibet Foundation is hosting a 21-day UK Cultural Tour by a group of eleven Tibetan refugee children, with two teachers from the Tibetan Homes Foundation (THF) from 24 January - 13 February 2005. This is an historic first. The school children will tour across UK, visiting British schools and other educational and cultural establishments. They will perform traditional Tibetan songs, dance and music in schools and interact with the local children. They will also perform in public venues such as the art centres and theatres. The tour is a part of Tibet Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebrations, aimed at increasing greater awareness of Tibetan culture in the West. This tour will highlight the importance of education for exiled Tibetan refugee children. This provides a unique opportunity for the refugee children to gain insight into British education, culture and social values. The children will tour Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Glasgow, Llangollen (North Wales), Liverpool, Manchester, Bridgewater, Devon, London and East Sussex. These young people, aged 13 - 15, have never seen their homeland. However, their leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama often calls them “the future seeds of Tibet.” The Tibetan Homes Foundation, founded by the late Mrs. Rinchen Dolma Taring, is one of the best known educational establishments in the exiled Tibetan Refugee Community and is home to 2398 refugee children. THF is dedicated to the care of orphans and destitute Tibetan refugee children. At present, 2145 children are studying at THF and 253 students are in colleges and universities across India. Many graduates from this school serve the Tibetan Community as teachers, journalists, doctors and officials. The children present their final performance in London on 11 February 2005 at the Conway Hall in the presence of Tibet Foundation's supporters, friends and admirers of Tibetan people. Further information available: Mr. Tsering Passang on 020 7930 6001 e-mail tp@tibet-foundation.org NORTH EAST Mon 24 & Tue 25 Jan - Newcastle The Sage Gateshead Contact: 0191 443 4583 (Sarah Kekus) Wed 26 & Thu 27 Jan - Northumberland Queen's Hall, Hexham Contact: 01434 652 482 (Amanda Gould) SCOTLAND Fri 28 Jan - Glasgow Lilybank Special School Contact: 01475 715 703 (Eileen Stewart) SOUTH EAST/LONDON Sat 29 Jan @ 6.30pm - London (Public Event) The Steiner Theatre Contact: 020 7930 6001 (Tibet Foundation) SOUTH WEST Mon 31 Jan - Bridgewater Sedgemoor Manor Junior School Contact: 01278 424 725 (Rob Clarke) Mon 31st Jan @ 8pm - Devon (Public Event) The Plough Arts Centre Contact: 01805 624624 (Box Office) WALES Thu 3 Feb - Llangollen Telephone: 01978 860 669 (Peter Williams) Fri 4 Feb - Llangollen (Public Event) Royal International Pavilion Contact: 01978 860 111 (box office) Tibet Foundation 020 7930 6001 NORTH WEST Sun 6 Feb @ 6.30pm - Manchester (Public Event) University of Manchester Contact: 0161 225 9954 (Paul Dewhirst) Tibet Foundation 020 7930 6001 Mon 7 Feb - Liverpool Broadgreen High School Contact: 01257 464 404 (Anne Candlin) Tue 8 Feb - Liverpool Liverpool Hope University College Contact: 0151 291 3612 (Barry Grantham) SOUTH EAST Thu 10 Feb - East Sussex Lewes New School Contact: 01273 477074 / 01273 477990 Fri 11 Feb at 7pm - London (Public Event) Tibet Foundation Losar Reception Contact: 020 7930 6001 (Tibet Foundation)