London Tibetfest 2018

A day-long celebration of Tibetan culture, history and activism.

Location: Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ
Date: Saturday, 22nd of September
Time: 11am-8pm

The festival brings together a wide range of content, covering many different aspects of the Tibetan story. We are very excited to welcome our special guests, the Tashi Lhunpo monks, who will be opening our festival with a beautiful ritual before creating an intricate sand mandala.

There will be educational displays on Tibet's history and political situation, campaigning activities, and stalls selling Free Tibet merchandise and Tibetan products made by refugees in Dharamsala, India.

We also have an events schedule full of talks, workshops, film screenings and more.

Right now, we have a very limited number of early-bird tickets available for just £10.



Our very special guests

We are honoured to announce that we will be blessed by the presence of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet and is the the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, the second highest Lama in Tibetan Buddhism after only the Dalai Lama.

After the Tibetan national uprising that took place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in Karnataka State, India.

They will be with us throughout the day creating an intricate sacred sand mandala and performing for us.

The Sand Mandala

Over the course of the day (when they aren't busy performing), the Tashi Lhunpo monks will be building a sacred sand mandala. Of all the artistic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, that of painting with coloured sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibet this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of coloured powders.” Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days, or sometimes weeks.

Once the mandala has been completed the healing process is fulfilled when the  sand is swept away and half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of moving water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

The sweeping away of the mandala also stands as a metaphor of impermanence, key to the Buddhist teaching and practice.

The events schedule


Watch this space for info in the coming weeks.

Get your tickets

Early-bird tickets are available now and are just £10 per person, which gets you access to the entire day's schedule, including all the talks and workshops. Please note that there are no physical tickets being delivered for this event. Upon first arrival, give your name at the door and you will be given a wristband - this will allow you to leave and re-enter the venue as you wish throughout the day.