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The Detroit Institute of Arts Presents Asia Day: Tibet

Monday, April 14, 2003

A Festive Day of Art, Music, Dance and Stories Celebrates Tibetan Culture

April 14, 2003 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents its seventh annual Asia Day on Saturday, May 3, featuring the arts and culture of Tibet. Music and dance performances, storytelling, a drop-in workshop and videos are all part of the festivities.

A highlight of “Asia Day: Tibet” is a performance by the Chaksampa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company. Authentic costumes, from headdresses to boots, as well as handmade musical instruments, ensure true representations of traditional Tibetan dances and operas. Chaksampa is dedicated to preserving and promoting Tibetan culture, and its members are masters of Tibetan performance arts. Shows are at 12:30 & 3:30 pm.

Visitors can also listen to Tibetan folk tales, create Tibetan prayer flags in a drop-in workshop and view Tibetan art in the Indian and Southeast Asia galleries. Two videos will run continuously: Mandala: World of Mystic Circle observes monks from the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery constructing the minutely detailed Kalachakra mandala, a sand painting with a design that represents the universe; Nova: Lost Treasures of Tibet shows a team of restoration experts working to preserve stunning 500-year-old Buddhist wall paintings in the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, unknown to the West until the 1990s.

Programs are free with museum admission, which is a donation recommended at $4 for adults and $1 for children. DIA members are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

“Asia Day: Tibet” is made possible with support from Founders Junior Council and the Friends of Asian Art. Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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