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History: Free Spirit Festival 2003

A note from the Director

Pierce Brosnan, the current James Bond star, will have a special place in the history of the Miss Tibet pageant. It was a story on him that provided the seed money to achieve the initiative. The first-ever Miss Tibet pageant held in October last year was a huge success despite criticism from some prominent figures of the Tibetan community. The pageant was criticized as "aping western culture" and "being un-Tibetan". However, the pageant ended up becoming a global lead story even though only four Tibetan girls braved the competition.

Fulfilling the initial objectives, and with a successful conclusion and much fun involved, the plans for the second Miss Tibet pageant started right after the first one was over. The winner of the first Miss Tibet, Dolma Tsering, went on to compete in two international pageants: one in Malaysia and another in Mexico. She won the Miss Goodwill subsidiary title and the Best National Costume in the two countries respectively.

However, the second Miss Tibet pageant didn't receive the applications that were anticipated. Until the very last moment before we want to the printer, 10 applicants kept us guessing if they were coming or not. But since we have to finalize with the printer early, the initial programme may face changes because we will know of the status of the contestants only on 1 October. At this time we will hold a press conference.

The sponsorship issue remains the same as before. Once again we only received moral support. As before, the money for the second Miss Tibet will come from the Director's own pocket. This time, a sale of a story on Christy Turlington provided the seed money!

The first-ever Tibetan Music Awards was also conceptualized, and is coming to fruition. Amiata Records, an international record label based in Florence, Italy, and New York, USA, came to the rescue for this project. The company generously donated 2000.00 USD. They are also going to produce the compilation album of the songs of the winners of the awards for worldwide distribution, and offer a production of a CD for one Tibetan artiste.

Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland, also came to our support just before we went to the press. They will be co-sponsoring the Fourth Free Spirit Festival.

As the Producer and Director of the Free Spirit Festival, I would like to thank my team members and the many other people who are involved in the Free Spirit Festival 2003. The names of all these people will be published on our web sites.

However, I would like to especially thank and Tibet Times (Bod Kyi Dus Bab) for their ongoing support. I have also to thank the many media personnel who have supported this programme over the years, and specifically Time Magazine, and all my local journalist friends.

Kyipo tang!
Lobsang Wangyal


The Free Spirit Festival 2003 was co-sponsored by Amiata Records Italy/USA, & Paradiso Netherlands