The Dalai Lama has endorsed their sacred works for promoting healing and peace throughout the world. They have appeared in many of the world's most famous performance halls and theaters, including Carnegie Hall. They perform on the "Seven Years in Tibet" motion picture soundtrack that was nominated for a Golden Globe award. They are the Tibetan Lamas and they will be a highlight at Western Nevada Community College's 12th annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
"The Mystical Arts of Tibet," a Richard Gere and Drepung Loseling production, is a world tour presented by a group of monk artists that shares Tibet's most ancient traditions. "I am amazed by the ever-increasing fascination in the West for Tibet and its ancient cultural traditions," said Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, director of the Mystical Arts of Tibet. "It seems to appeal to people from all walks of life, spanning the boundaries of age, race, gender, and ethnic affiliation."
In addition to their performance, the monks will create a mandala, a colorful sand-painted sculpture that features geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols, for the festival. The mandala ritual includes an opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, at noon, on campus, and a closing ceremony Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
"When the lamas finish with the mandala, they usually deposit the sand into a lake or river to put it back into the earth," said Claire Korschinowski, WNCC student activities coordinator and event organizer. "Since we don't have a body of water at the college, they will distribute the colored sand in bags to anyone who attends the festival."
In addition to the Tibetan Monks, who will perform at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., free live music and traditional dancing will also be featured at the festival. See the schedule below for times, names of the groups, and the types of performances.
TIME, NAME OF GROUP, TYPE OF PERFORMANCE
11:30 a.m., Chi Kwan Tae Kwon Do, Martial Arts Demonstration
11:45 a.m., Rosella Nunez, Mexican Singer with Mariachi Music
12:10 p.m., Reno Taiko Tsuru No Kai, Japanese Taiko Drumming
12:45 p.m., Grupo Tlaloc, Aztec Dancing
1:20 p.m., Ali Baba's Belly Dance, Belly Dancing
1:55 p.m., Kaulana NaPua O Hula, Hawaiian Cultures Dancing
2:30 p.m., Eagle Wings Pageant Dancers, Native American Dancing
Participants will also enjoy ethnic food from local Nevadans including Indian tacos, crispy cheese wontons from Mei's Diner, Scandinavian heart-shaped waffles with strawberries, tacos de asada and agua de horchata from La Guadalupana, Salvadorian pupusas, tamales and quesadillas, and fresh fruit from Frusta's Frescas.
Youngsters will enjoy the Children's Cultural Corner, and exhibits that display artifacts from various cultures will also be featured.
Press Release: April 17, 2007
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