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Five Elements Chuba Collection presented on Oct 1st for Culture Days 2011 in Parkdale October 20, 2011

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In celebration of this year’s Canada Culture Days, DreBu presented “Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times”, on Saturday, Oct 1, 2011. The collection of seven original Tibetan dresses was designed and hand-painted by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian – Tibetan artist based in Parkdale, Toronto. 

Seven youth models presented the colorful dresses in a series of orchestrated movements and demonstrations. The show was accentuated by the live musical performances of Tsewang and Kunsang.
More than sixty people attended this show through the course of the day. By paying homage to the traditional Tibetan motifs in a contemporary setting, Ms. Dolma hoped to highlight the importance of cultural understandings and community-based arts initiatives.

The event was held at the Parkdale Public Library.

For the photo album on DreBu’s facebook page, visit/click here.

Five Elements Chuba Collection Exhibit Team Oct 1

Presentation Team Members:Kalsang Dolma – Artist/Designer & DreBu’s Founding Director
Gelek Badheytsang – Photographer and DreBu’s Founding Director
Tseten Lhundup – Musician (male)
 Tenzin Choedhen – Musician (female)
Agar Badheytsang – Male Model
Lodoe Gyatso – Male Model
Sonam Dickyi – Female Model

Tenzin Nyidon – Female Model
Jamyang Dolma – Female Model
Tenzin Samten – Female Model
Tenzin Yeshi – Female Model

Comments from Audience and the presentation team members:


Chuba Art and Style Demonstration by Kalsang

Fabulous presentation & creations of dress. Thank you for sharing (Ali)
Thank you for the experience! It was wonderful ! (Tish)
Great Presentation, Kalsang. Very Beatiful. Thank you. Best Wishes (Jennifer)
I love it. Keep up your good job for spirit Tibet. Good Luck! (Dadoen Jangdong)
This was awesome!! Best of Luck (Lobsang Mentuh and Pemme Mentuh Tulotsang)
Congrats on the amazing performance, it was beautiful  – both the dresses and music. Thank you for sharing your talent and ART (Glenys)

Chuba Models presenting in graceful Walks

This was simply an amazing experience. I’ve always dreamt of modelling, walking down the aisle with a beautiful dress. Thank you to acha Kalsang for giving all of us an opportunity to be ourselves and portray our Tibetan culture. (model – Tenzin Samten)
I had a wonderful time today, at the “Culture Days”. It was a life time memory experience. It was so inspiring to see the art, and being able to wear it was a privelege. Thank you to all audience for making this happen, and Acha Kalsang for her wonderful art (model, Jamyang Dolma)
This was an amazing experience. Even though I did not model, I still had fun backstage. I can’t wait to experience this in November again. THank you acha Kelsang. (“Teddy” Tenzin Tsetan)
I really like the chubas. It gave the old chubas a modern twist. Thank you. (Musician, Tenzin Kunsang Choedhen)

Five Elements Chuba Collection - Model Girls

Amazing time with amazing people and beautiful dress! (Model, Tenzin Yeshi)
I love all the Chubas. It was fun time. (Model, Tenzin Nyidon)
Love to being part of this show. I loved everything especially the Chubas. I must say Miss Kalsang, U did a great job. Love it. I really enjoyed a lot. (Model, Sonam Dickyi)
Love the Chuba. (Tenzin Sungrap)
The event was awesome, having these events will increase the Tibetan youth’s knowledge about our culture. (Model, Agar Badheytsang)
The event was successful, unique chuba designs. (model, Lodoe Gyatso)

Playing Dranyen to the Five Elements Chuba Presentation

 Featuring Tibetan Chuba as the art canvas was unique where it encourages younger generation to participate and feel proud of our heritage. All young people as the model volunteers got to wear the Chuba with the orginal paintings by an artist bringing up the value of  traditions in our modern times.  It was great to be part of this live presentation by playing the music and helping co-ordinate graceful Tibetan dance movements into the walks. The visual effect of playing to the beautiful cultural art in focus was unique,special and a feast to the eyes! (Musician, Tseten Lhundup)

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you at our next presentation/exhibit in the first week of November at Road to Asia Festival 2011.

Tenzin Khando - Supporter of the Chuba Presentation on Oct 1st - National Culture Days 2011

Our special Thanks to Ms. Tenzin Khando in supporting us with a generous donation towards marketing cost (posters, printing) and honorarium to our musicians. Thank you for your support!

Art and Design of the collection by Kalsang Dolma

Photography by Gelek Badheytsang

Slide show of more pictures from the event, click below and enjoy!

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Drebu’s “the Search” Screening Takes Off on a Resounding Note September 8, 2010

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Drebu successfully launched its “Tibet in Film” series with the exclusive screening of “the Search” by famed Tibetan director Pema Tseden.

Held in the Mascot Cafe in Parkdale, the screening was attended by nearly 30 people. It was the first time that the cafe was hosting a film screening.

The screening kicked off with a live musical performance by Tseten la, a traditional Tibetan musician. With his strong instrument, he played two songs from the region that was the backdrop of the film.

“It was a great event,” remarked Eddie, one of the three owners of this new cafe/art space, at the end. Earlier in the evening, Eddie was asked to share a few thoughts before the start of the screening, where he mentioned that helping Drebu by donating their space was one of the ways in which they wanted to give back to the community. “We want to create a space for beautiful things to grow, and we hope this is one of the ways by which we can accomplish that,” he said.

The movie was well-received by the audience. Owing to the art-house style and deliberate pace of the film, along with the screening location, many of the attendants felt that it was a unique experience. For some, this was the first time they had been exposed to Tibet and Tibetan works of art.

“The opportunity to watch such a film, with an audience dedicated to learning was fantastic,” said Melida. “If there was one critique I could add, it would be to have a roundtable discussion. The message[s] from the film could be made more clear and the discussion could definitely bring more taste to the journey home.”

The money raised from this pay-what-you-can screening will help with the upcoming Culture Days event on Sunday, Sept. 26. The event will feature a live butter sculpture demonstration, Tibetan music and food (courtesy of Tibet Kitchen).

Drebu would like to thank Pema Tseden for blessing us with the screening of his film, the Mascot Cafe for donating space and drinks, Tibet Kitchen for donating the food, our volunteers, and all the participants who came to the screening and generously donated their time and money.

Drebu at the Road to Asia Festival, 2009 November 26, 2009

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On Nov. 7 and 8, Drebu participated in the annual Road to Asia Festival hosted by and at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto.

Kalsang introduces the Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival

Kalsang introduces the Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival

The festival featured a wide range of Asian cultural performances, artifacts and food: Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and Tibet.

Drebu introduced the Tibetan acts for the two-day festival. On Saturday, Nov. 7, Mingmar Tsering performed Tibetan traditional folk songs singing, and playing the dranyen (Tibetan guitar) and flute on two different stage times.

Mingmar, Tibetan singer

Mingmar performs with the dranyen

The following Sunday, Nov. 8, we featured Tibetan monks on two separate acts. The first act featured three monks reciting “Kyamdro (refuge), Nyense (invitation) and Ngowa (dedication)”. The second act involved a monk invoking Padmasambhava for world peace.

Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival 2009

Tibetan monks at the Road to Asia festival 2009

The monks are: Lobsang Gawa, Jampa Tsering and Ngawang Rabjor Lama.

Throughout the two-day Road to Asia festival Drebu featured a Tibetan painter at the children’s area. Tenpa, who studied in India, painted traditional Tibetan sketches which many children and adults delightfully coloured and filled. He guided them along the process and enjoyed the experience of presenting Tibetan art at the festival.

Tenpa at the JCCC

Tenpa with a young budding artist

All of the festival participants were offered an honorarium by Drebu as a recognition and appreciation for their contribution in helping promote Tibetan arts and culture in Toronto.

We thank all our sponsors for their support, and to JCCC for inviting us to participate in this wonderful and fun festival. Our sponsors are listed in the previous blog post.

Please enjoy the photographs of the event displayed on the right.

Notice the Tibetan flag on the far left (one of four flags featured at the festival!)

Notice the Tibetan flag on the far left (one of four flags featured at the festival!)

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