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Tibet Foundation Tour of Tibetan Refugee Children

Jan 28, 2005

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Tibet Foundation Tour of Tibetan Refugee Children

It has been a busy week for eleven Tibetan refugee children as they tour Britain. Tibet Foundation is hosting a 21-day UK Cultural Tour by the group from the Tibetan Homes Foundation (THF) in India from 20 January - 13 February 2005. Their first day, Friday 21 January, saw them at the Palace of Westminster. They were invited for a tour of the British Parliament by John Wilkinson MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. At the weekend they traveled up to the North East of England to the prestigious new Sage Center in Gateshead. They put on a colourful show and workshop to introduce Tyne-side youngsters to their culture. Over 60 pupils from Whickham Parochial School in Gateshead were given the chance to try out the dances and costumes, taking part in a workshop and demonstration. The programme included the Tashi Shoelpa, which is a good luck dance from Lhasa, and a girls' quick step. There was also the Yaktse, the dance of the yaks, taken from a Tibetan opera about the life of nomadic families. Louise Bradley, a teacher at the school, said: "It was fantastic. The children all enjoyed it and came back to school buzzing about it. "We were first introduced to the group and were shown a map of Tibet before the three dances took place. One was like the Chinese-style dances with dragons, only this was with a yak. "Then we all stood in a circle and they showed us how to do one of the dances. Some of the children tried on the costumes." Further performances were at Queen's Hall, Newbrough First School and Queen Elizabeth High School. On Friday (28 January) the tour moved on to Scotland and the Lilybank Special School in Glasgow. 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 also visit 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)