A journey of healing
Saturday 7 September
The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
The festival opens with a historic meeting of Indigenous Australian, Tibetan, Uyghur and Syrian communities.
Held on a newly opened Indigenous Australian ceremonial ground, stories and journeys are shared in a gathering of healing and intercultural dialogue.
All are welcome to come and share in this exchange of stories, food and music.
In partnership with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Murama Healing Space and Settlement Services International
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Murama Healing Space - Aboriginal Community
Members of the Western Sydney Aboriginal community will share dance and song about culture, identity and survival by sharing the story of the Ibis and its kinship to the people through the circle of life - A story of migration, resilience, connection and environmental sustainability.
Syria - George Karam - Oud and vocals
With a career spanning 30 years, George Karam aka the “Assyrian King”, has performed in Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Now in Australia, George shares his knowledge as an Oud and keyboard teacher.
Uyghur - Shohrat Tursun - Dutar and vocals
Shohrat is a master dutar player, singer and actor. He is an ambassador of Uyghur culture and music and has appeared in concerts in Japan, China, USA and Germany. He has also recorded a CD in Japan.
Shohrat will be joined by a 15 piece Uyghur choir.
Tibet - Geshe Jampa - Tibetan monk
Venerable Geshe Jampa was born in Meldrogongkar, east of Lhasa in 1976 and started studying Buddhism in Sera Monastery at the age of sixteen.
In 1995 he came to India as a refugee like thousands of other Tibetans. In India he continued to study Buddhism in Sera Mey Monastery and became a Chant leader. He also studied psychology and philosophies of Nalanda masters from many great Geshes (venerable) and from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, for more than 20 years.
In 2018, he achieved Geshe Lharampa (Ph.d in Buddhism) and studied Mantras in Gyutoe Monastery near Dharamshala and came to Australia through the Australian Special Humanitarian Program (ASHP).