Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture of the Adirondack Coast Opening Celebrations Announced

Plattsburgh, NY – September 22, 2015 – The Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture of the Adirondack Coast announced in early March 2015 gets underway during the last week of September and runs through October 27th. Initial events include an opening reception at the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Gallery, the official unveiling of the mosaic mural in downtown Plattsburgh, and a concert by singer/songwriter Techung with the Adirondack Youth Orchestra.

Exhibitions and events will take place through the rest of September and October, beginning with an opening reception at the Burke Gallery and Winkel Sculpture Court on Thursday, September 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The exhibition showcases artwork from Tibet, and Tibetan Artists. Mr. Tenzin Dechen, Assistant to the North American Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will make opening comments.

On Friday, September 25 at 5 PM, the official unveiling and dedication of the mosaic mural created by Sue Burdick Young with the Plattsburgh Renewal Project and hundreds of community volunteers will take place. The mural was recently installed in downtown Plattsburgh, on the corner of Bridge and Durkee St. All are invited to a reception at the Strand Center for the Arts immediately following the unveiling.

Capping off the weekend of celebratory launch events will be a concert by Techung and the Windhorses with a performance by the Adirondack Youth Orchestra on Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall. This talented and engaging group of multicultural musicians will bring their engaging international sound to Plattsburg The young musicians of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra will premiere traditional Tibetan songs arranged by conductors Todd Pray and Kate Bulluck. Tickets to this concert are availble online here: http://plattsburgh.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=582&cid=41

Mountain Lake PBS, the lead organization in this collaborative partnership project, continues to film the events of the festival for the new documentary Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America. ÿThis documentary explores the hidden treasures within our region, and the unique ability of the arts to unify communities from a small town in New York across the globe to Tibet. The documentary will be released in spring 2016, and has the potential to be viewed nationally on PBS stations across the United States.

The Festival of Tibetan Arts & Culture of the Adirondack Coast is a series of community events illuminating the arts and culture of Tibet in the North Country between April and December 2015, including performances by the Adirondack Youth Orchestra; exhibitions and events at SUNY Plattsburgh; the creation and installation of a tile mural in downtown Plattsburgh led by Sue Young and the Plattsburgh Renewal Project with support from the Strand Arts Center; and a documentary by Mountain Lake PBS. This festival is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. More information about the festival can be found online at https://mountainlake.org/tibet.





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