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Tibetan art alive and well

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By Ugyen & Jane Choephell

Four tibetan buddhist monks have flown to UK for the tibet arts festival – an interactive exhibition displaying the rich and unique art of tibet – as part of the UK’s year of cultural diversity 2003 celebrations.

Maintaining their monastic outlook and prayer schedules, they are also managing to enthrall audiences with their amazing skills in sand mandala painting and intricate butter scultpures. Giving people, and especially local schoolchildren the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the artistic heritage of Tibet and its highly symbolic buddhist ideals.

The tibet arts festival has been organised by LWTA artist Ugyen Choephell, now based in the UK, whose dream is to show that the tibetan art traditions are still alive and well and to promote greater understanding and awareness. The festival will visit 8 venues around the UK with the main event in Bristol from Monday July 28 til 3 Aug where the city will reverberate to the sounds and sights of tibetan monastic rituals, including the traditional dismantling ceremony of the sand mandala.

This festival is presented in association with Arts Council England, Visiting Arts and Karmachakra Ltd, who have commissioned the mandalas. For further information and pictures please visit

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