Art of Hope by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’ Screened on Public Billboards in Multi-cities Across the Globe.

CIRCA: a London-based Arts organisation, premiered its 2023 art work – The Art of Hope by His Holiness the Dalai Lama – cheered on by Tibetans and supporters, who have braved out on a rainy day in good numbers.

“We could not have asked for a better and more auspicious event to kick off 2023 than this message of HOPE from His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet beaming on the giant billboard at the cross-section of Piccadilly Circus roundabout in Central London. Even the rain stopped while the video was playing on the screen”, Secretary Lochoe Samten reported.

Representative Sonam Frasi and Secretary Lochoe Samten of the Office of Tibet, London, attended the pre-launch dinner at the Savoy, where CIRCA founder, Artistic Director Josef O’Connor and Representative Sonam addressed a room full of journalists and arts writers, before all of them travelled to Piccadilly Circus to watch the billboard beaming in the colours of Tibetan national flag and His Holiness’ divine and calm face. Representative Sonam in his speech quoted the often-repeated advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has guided and sustained the hopes of the 6 million Tibetans: “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the most influential figures of our time, calls on the world to consider the oneness of humanity with The Art of Hope presented in collaboration with CIRCA. Launching 11 January 2023 on London’s Piccadilly Lights and broadcasting across a global network of screens in Los Angeles, Melbourne and Berlin, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: “I am trying to promote the sense of oneness of 7 billion human beings. This world, we have to live together.”

To coincide with this historic project, His Holiness the Dalai Lama created this limited edition silkscreen print.

Each Limited Edition comes with a print-signed copy of His Holiness' letter, written in response to the CIRCA 20:23 manifesto, 'Hope: The Art of Reading What Is Not Yet Written'.

ABOUT HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMAHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings inspired by a wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help humanity.

His Holiness does not accept any fee or honorarium for The Art of Hope.

The Tibet Hope Centre is a non-governmental organization with a focus on helping the Tibetan people stand on their feet and become productive and positive members of society, be it local or international. By uniting the Tibetan people together with those of other backgrounds, the Tibet Hope Centre wants to bring compassion, hope, peace and love, the values instilled by the Tibetan culture, to the world, bit by bit.
Through various projects and activities held in Northern India such as Skill Development Programmes for youths; Distribution of humanitarian aids to needy people; Facilitation of educational and cultural programmes for International students and many more. Tibet-Hope-Center offers various opportunities for the Tibetan people, volunteers and interns from around the world.

CIRCA commissions a different artist each month to present new ideas that consider our world today, circa 2022. Previous CIRCA commissioned artists include Patti Smith, Tony Cokes, Yoko Ono, Shirin Neshat, David Hockney, Ai Weiwei and many more..

The Art Video will be screened daily at 20:23 hrs local time in London, Berlin, Melbourne and Los Angeles until 31 January 2023.


Nyima Arya

Source /CIRCA

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