Paris: The Tibet House in Paris organized its annual Tibet festival held on the 15-26 of June. The festival featured the culture and traditions of the people of Tibet and the Himalayan regions and like every year, attracted thousands of visitors.
The 13th edition of this festival, was held at the Bois de Vincennes Park this year and received blessings from the monks at Sera Mey Monastery on the opening day. The monks also offered to share their dances and sacred chants for the spiritually-inclined audience members.
Tibetan officials present at the ceremony include Venerable Thupten Wangchen, Member of Tibetan Parliament in exile (Europe), Mr Ngodup Dorjee, Representative of Bureau du Tibet, Brussels, and Mr Thupten Gyatso, president of the Tibetan community in France.
The exhibition features a photographic exhibition of Matthieu Richard, a French photographer Beautiful portraits and landscapes of the Himalayan region. Another interesting art exhibit titled 'The Missing Peace' showcases artwork inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Panel discussions were a major chunk of the festival where prominent speakers interacted with the audiences and presented their viewpoints regarding the culture heritage of Tibet.
The speakers invited for the panel discussions were, Ven Thupten Wangchen, member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Ngodup Dorjee, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in France, French Senator Andre Gattolin, Mr Jean Marc Brul, President of Green Lotus and Regional Advisor of Ile-de-France, Ms Katia Buffetrille, a Tibetologist, Mr Moussa Talbi, specialist in cultural heritage and international law, Mr Tenzin Norbu, head of the Environment Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration, and Dr Tsering Tsamchoe of Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute.
Apart from cultural activities and entertainment showcases and screenings, the festival also has stalls that feature Tibetan delicacies like Momos and the Tibetan tea. Aimed at increasing awareness about Tibet in France, this unique festival enables Parisians to experience the rich and vibrant Tibetan culture making it one of the most authentic and diverse festival organised in the city.