To thank their supporters around the world, Tibetans are observing March 2018 to March 2019 as a year of
expressing gratitude. As part of this beautiful gesture, the Tashi Lhunpo Monks are touring with a programme
of sacred dance and prayer which includes performances as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In many ways, this reflects the very origins of the Edinburgh Festival which was established after the Second
World War to promote communication and understanding between people across the world. The fact that
there are still opportunities to see performances from around the globe is one of the reasons why Darkchat
keeps returning every year.
The monks' performance was made accessible by means of an announcer who set the scene and gave an
introduction to each segment. When it was clear that the audience was enjoying the show but not sure whether
clapping was appropriate, we were reassured that applause would be welcome.
The chanting and traditional dancing was hypnotic and it is a tribute to the monks that a handful of performers can evoke such an atmosphere. The effect was not always solemn, the section entitled 'The Art of Debate' was undertaken with a warmth and humour which is certainly not typical in the West.
If you are curious about different cultures, fancy a break from watching stand up comedy or are already suffering from Festival Fatigue, treat yourselves to an hour in the company of the Monks of Tashi Lhunpo.
Tibetan Monks Sacred Dance is at Quaker Meeting House until August 22nd (not Sun)
Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40)