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DreBu showcases Tibetan art and performance at Road to Asia 2010 February 27, 2011

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Over 3000 people from all over GTA enjoyed Road to Asia 2010 festival during its 10th anniversary weekend on Nov 6th and 7th . DreBu was happy to be part of  the best of Asian cultures sharing our traditions and arts through music, performance and food.

Tsetan Lhudrup was the featured performing artist for the Tibetan cultural music and dance; he performed a couple of popular songs on his dranyen.

DreBu organized an art demonstration using  a cyclindrical pillar-like model (paper board material) where Tibetan architectural and  colorful motifs are put up with  sculptural clay material using the art of Tibetan butter sculpture known as “KarGyen” in Tibetan. Throughout the festival weekend, Ngawang and Kalsang worked on it from scratch; drawing the design sketch first and then laying and filling them out with the colorful clay. The completed peice will be displayed in 2011.

DreBu sold Tibetan momos and noodles to raise funds in order to meet with the participation expenses to pay our artists and performers. The participants were appreciative of the authentic taste of the beef and vegetarian dumplings!

DreBu believes in supporting our professional artists by compensating for their works which encourages them to continue to work in their artistic skills and to pass on the knowledge through sharing with the younger generation members of the communities and the  public at large.

We would like to thank Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for hosting such an important and wonderful cultural festival which is apolitical by nature and open to all Asian cultures for fostering sharing/collaboration of our artistic traditions contributing to the diversity of Canada and the world. And special thanks to Christine Takasaki for being such an untiring and gracious co-ordinator of this annual event. (photo with Christine!)

Last but not the least, DreBu thank all the volunteers to make our participation at the 10th Road to Asia a success!  Thank you to Jamyang Dorjee, Lobsang Rapten, Norbu Samten Naftel, Tenzin Pelmo, Tenzin Namsel, Norbu Dhundup and Tsering Dickyi.

We look forward to coming back in 2011 with a surprise presentation.

Copyright 2009-2011, DreBu. All rights reserved.


Road to Asia Festival 2010 October 30, 2010

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DreBu is excited to participate in this year’s Road to Asia festival at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

When: Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5

Direction by bus:
Take the #100 (Flemingdon) bus
from Eglinton or Broadview subway station

The Road to Asia Festival 2010 is a two-day festival celebrating the richness and exciting diversity of Asian culture, all under one roof. The festival creates a thriving multicultural atmosphere in which individual cultures are highlighted through their traditional Food, Arts and Crafts, Music, Dance and Martial Arts.

Last year’s festival created a rich mix of the cultures of 9 different Asian nations and was visited by approximately 3,000 people. We are hoping to see all of our previous participants returning this year including Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, India, Tibet, Taiwan, and, of course, Japan. We hope to celebrate this fantastic milestone with more of everything that makes The Road to Asia Festival so much fun.

Free advance Tickets! (pay $ 5 at gate)
Each ticket admits two and can be used for either Saturday or Sunday.
Pick up at two locations in Parkdale:

1. Tibet Kitchen 1544 Queen St. W.

2. The Mascot (Cafe) 1267 Queen St W
(416) 533-2888

Note: Those who live far from Parkdale can email us for free electronic passes.

Hope to see you there! Kalsang & Gelek

Copyrights 2009-2011 DreBu. All rights reserved.

Culture Days Reflections October 30, 2010

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To the folks at DreBu: a fantastic event! Please continue doing all the great work that you are doing. – Bob

Beautiful – thank you for showing us your culture! P.S. We are artists too and have done butter sculpture at the Royal Winter Fair. – Joanne

Very happy and proud to see our culture being represented in this way for the culture days. – Jamyang

Thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness. – Maria

Thanks so much for sharing! Great food. Great music. Beautiful art and great company. I can’t wait to come back and try on more food. Thank you for the beautiful afternoon. – Keane

I enjoyed all your food. More music next time! Food is great! I wanna learn to dance next time. – Robbie

Thank you for showing us an aspect of the Tibetan culture we hadn’t seen before – the butter sculpture. The music was very good too. Susan and Ray

Great job and keep it up! – Palden


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Butter Sculpture Art & Music September 13, 2010

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What: Butter Sculpture Demonstration and Live Music
When: Sunday, Sept 26 [12:30 – 4pm]
Where: Tibet Kitchen, 1544 Queen St. W [map]

dreBu is proud to celebrate Ontario’s first Culture Day Weekend by presenting the ancient art of Tibetan butter sculpture. Live demonstration by artists, including hands-on activities for aspiring butter sculptors.

Also featuring a live performance by accomplished Tibetan musician, Tseten.

The event will be capped off by a sumptuous offering of authentic Himalayan cuisine by the most popular Tibetan restaurant in town, Tibet Kitchen.

The event is free and open for everyone. The buffet is $10 per person.

Please bring along your whole family for a fun and delicious Sunday afternoon.

Copyrights 2009-2011 DreBu. All rights reserved.

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.

“The Search” Movie Screening August 9, 2010

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Drebu invites you to a special screening of the highly acclaimed Tibetan movie, “the Search”.

What: “The Search” by Pema Tseden, a movie screening
When: Tuesday, Aug 17, 7:30 pm
Where: The Mascot Café, 1267 Queen St. W (2 blocks west of Dufferin St.)

Directed by Pema Tseden and featured in TIFF 2009, this movie has been lauded by critics from all around the world and has been screened in many film festivals, including the Shanghai International Film Festival 2009, where it won the Grand Jury Prize.

The movie follows the journey of a director and his crew in search of actors to play an ancient Tibetan opera, especially the two main roles of the Prince and the Princess. Through the breathtaking landscape and the struggles that the crew come across, the movie, shot entirely in Tibetan Amdo, presents a compelling portrait of Tibet that is often overlooked or missed by most people.

This special screening is a Pay What You Can event, with proceeds going towards artists who will participate in Drebu’s upcoming Culture Day presentation on Sept. 26.

This event is by invitation only, so please be sure to RSVP by emailing drebu.org[at]gmail.com, or confirming with either Kalsang or Gelek.

Snacks and refreshments provided courtesy of the Mascot Cafe and Tibet Kitchen.

Our big thanks to the Mascot Cafe for donating their space and supporting our event.

Drebu Applauds Tsering Dolma, 2010 Pioneer Award Winner April 9, 2010

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Drebu would like to congratulate fellow Tibetan Ms. Tsering Dolma for being awarded the 18th New Pioneers Award on Feb 25, 2010.  This award is a program of Skills for Change, an organization based in Toronto: the award is presented as a tribute to individuals and groups who have contributed to the understanding and sharing of Ontario’s cultural diversity.  Please click here New Pioneers Award to learn more about the significance of this award.

Ms. Dolma’s work in her community and her workplace at University Settlement earned her one of six New Pioneers Awards – which recognize the achievements and contributions of newcomers to Canada – which was presented by Skills for Change at the Royal York hotel.

Ms. Dolma arrived as a refugee in Canada and achieved an impressive array of accomplishments through her initiative and commitment. She currently works as a community development worker at University Settlement in downtown Toronto.

Ms. Dolma with the other Pioneer Award winners

Drebu is honored to have been approached by Ms. Tsering herself to organize an event with Tibetan artiste to lead the 2010 award recepients.  Drebu organized two talented Tibetan youth performing artists to do a traditional dance performance and lead the winners to the stage. Lodoe (boy) and Chuki (girl) kicked off the ceremony by rhythmically dancing to a song which was sung by Tibetans in Minnesota to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Lodoe and Chuki lead the Award winners to the stage

They performed one more traditional Tibetan dance routine before the awards were conferred to the winners.

Chuki dances in front of the audience during the 2010 Pioneer Awards

The audience from all over Toronto was offered a wonderful opportunity to see a glimpse of Tibetan culture.  Congratulations, Tsering and all the 2010 Pioneer Award winners!  Thank you to Lodoe and Chuki for your wonderful performance and sharing Tibetan art and culture with the fellow Canadians!

The Tibetan youth dancers with Ms. Tsering Dolma and the event organizers

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