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Tibet Foundation Tour of Tibetan Refugee Children Arrive in London

Jan 21, 2005

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Tibet Foundation Tour of Tibetan Refugee Children Arrive in London

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) in India from 20 January - 13 February 2005. Karma Hardy, Director of Tibet Foundation said, “Welcome. We look forward to enjoying your performances of dance, drama and music of Tibet across the United Kingdom. This year is Tibet Foundation’s 20th anniversary and it is an important opportunity for these young Tibetans to meet many of the people who have helped sponsor many Tibetans over many years. It is a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchanges.” The tour group arrived at 19:00 into Heathrow on a Virgin flight from Delhi. The group was warmly greeted by Mr. Tsering Passang, Arts & Culture Manager of Tibet Foundation accompanied by well-wishers. On Friday, 21 January 2005, they will visit the Palace of Westminster (British Parliament) at the invitation of John Wilkinson MP, as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. This tour is an historic first. The young Tibetans, aged 11 – 14, will visit schools, art centres, theatres and the Royal Opera House. They will showcase traditional Tibetan songs, music and dance in cultural exchanges with other young people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls them “the future seeds of Tibet.” Mr. Kalsang Namgyal of Tibetan Homes Foundation said on his arrival, “Although we have just arrived, it is really nice knowing that we are in London!” The group traveled with almost 300 kilos of costumes and musical instruments, in addition to their school uniforms and traditional Tibetan formal wear and personal items. The young people expressed their excitement at arriving in the United Kingdom. Mr. Kalsang Namgyal said that “Within THF we place an emphasis on learning responsibility. This is such a learning experience for these students. In such a short time, they have had so many new things to do and they have risen to the challenge and prepared themselves at an amazing rate.” He added that although THF in India were used to welcoming inspection visits from their sponsors, they really appreciated the opportunity to visit the sponsors in their homelands and get to know them. The tour is a part of Tibet Foundation's 20th Anniversary Celebrations, aimed at increasing awareness of Tibetan culture in the West. It 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 visit Newcastle, Glasgow, Llangollen, Liverpool, Manchester, Bridgewater, Devon, London and East Sussex. London Performances Saturday 29 January 2005 @ 6.30pm The Steiner Theatre, 35 PARK ROAD, NW1 6XT Friday 11 February 2005 @ 7pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL A special celebration of the Tibetan New Year (Losar) Further information visit www.tibet-foundation.org