“Yak Fest” brings spirit of Tibet to Berlin


Berlin – Saturday, Nov. 19, the 1870 Berlin Town Hall will host Yak Fest, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner that includes Tibetan, Indian and American dishes. At 8 p.m., internationally acclaimed Penpa Tsering will perform traditional Tibetan instrumental music, song and dance.

Penpa's passionate performance on traditional Tibetan strings, pipes and horns, evokes the joy and spirituality of the Tibetan culture, as well as the longing for home experienced by the Tibetan diaspora. Penpa, who now lives in Massachusetts, was born in Tibet, but fled over the Himalaya to Nepal and then to Dharamsala, India, where he taught at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. He has performed in Japan, Thailand, Nepal and Finland, as well as the U.S.

There is no charge to attend this event. Those who enjoy the evening will be invited to contribute to the support of Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community, an orphanage and school in an ethnically Tibetan region of India. Throughout the evening, there will be an opportunity to view exhibits of life in the remote, ethnically Tibetan region where Jhamtse Gatsal is located, as well as to purchase Tibetan and Indian handcrafts. A brief video will convey the hope and joy that Jhamtse Gatsal brings to children who had no hope.

Jhamtse Gatsal is supported entirely by contributions, including small stipends for three of the teachers that are contributed by the Dalai Lama. The Yak Fest is sponsored by Jhamtse International and First Parish Church of Berlin. For more information, contact Beezy Bentzen at [email protected] or 1-978-838-2307. Berlin Town Hall is located on Route 62 in Berlin's town center.