Wednesday, July 07, 2010

T2T2 in Hervey Bay + Refugee Day Festival

Tibet2Timbuk2 took the monk van on tour up to Hervey Bay for a Tibet Earthquake fundraiser last Saturday 26th June. The Z-PAC Theatre was fully decked out in Tibetan flags and art, and a full house gathered to view a screening of documentary "The Sun Behind the Clouds - Tibet's Struggle for Freedom", telling the story of the uprising in Tibet and protests in India and around the world leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Local singer Alena Eden played a few personal and political songs before Tibet2Timbuk2 hit the stage for another fun night of acoustic Tibetan fusion. We had great lighting and got some nice video too! Big thanks to Kirsty Chenery for pulling together such a successful event and raising around $3000 for Tibetan earthquake relief.

Tibet2Timbuk2 playing "Lotus Born"

Tibet2Timbuk2 playing "Himalaya"

Refugee Day Festival (Annerley)

After a long night drinking and playing Jenga with Kirsty in Hervey Bay, we got up early and shlepped back to Brisbane to join the Refugee Day Festival in Annerley. Most of the recent refugee population in Brisbane is from Africa and so African culture is a really big part of this fun festival, as are the "international" soccer and volleyball tournaments that run through the day to an African hip-hop sound track from the main stage.

Tibet2Timbuk2 at Refugee Day Festival, Annerley

Sacred Music + Winter Solstice Festivals

Tenzin, Feridun and I headed up to Redcliffe to take part in the Sacred Music Festival there on Sunday June 19, organised by Moreton Bay Council. The event brought together musicians and dancers from the major world "faiths", including "Australian Aboriginal Faith". Reading the event publicity, it looks like my faith is "Fusion." :-)

Michael Connolly - Australian Aboriginal Faith

Michael Knopf - Bahai Faith

Namita Debroy - Hindu Faith

Tenzin Choegyal - Buddist Faith

Feridun Avar - Sufi Islam Faith

Feridun and Tenzin with Shen Flindell - Fusion

Northey St City Farm Winter Solstice Festival

After the Sacred Music Festival we zipped off to Northey St City Farm where Tenzin and I were joined by Tibet2Timbuk2 regular guest Peter Hunt for the Winter Solstice Festival. The City Farm's solstice and equinox festivals bring loads of community together to eat the delicious veggies they've grown and enjoy great local music, winding up with a ceremony to light a big bonfire and dance to Spankinhide's African drum grooves.

Tenzin, Shen and Pete at the Northey St Winter Solstice Festival

Winter solstice bonfire