Join us for a fundraising festival of Mongolian culture on April 17th from 11am-12:30pm (GMT). Via Zoom, you’ll witness the joys of throat singing, be serenaded with a long song, beguiled by the horse-headed fiddle and astounded by Mongolian contortionists - and all for a good cause as we raise money for vulnerable children, people with disabilities and those whose livelihoods have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
When: Saturday 17th April 2021
Time: 11:00AM to 12:30PM GMT
Location: Online - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81060083953?pwd=UlZxRW5aUTNiYU1pSDJNd0wrbjRCZz0
Entry: Donations via Gofundme
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/5cc3KDVyI
Mongolia is an amazing country where traditional arts and culture are alive and kicking. Anyone who has visited will remember the hospitality, cheerfulness and generosity of their Mongolian hosts, who welcome outsiders and share with them their ancient way of life. And let’s not get started on Ulaanbaatar karaoke bars!
In the past year, the pandemic has had a huge impact on the livelihoods of many Mongolians, particularly those working in the important tourism sector. Charities are also suffering - both domestic and foreign donations are down. Our festival aims to raise money for three worthy causes whilst introducing the world to the rich cultural heritage of Mongolia.
Featuring the talented performers of the Tsagaan Lavai Ensemble live from their homes in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, our mini-festival will feature a host of performers who will demonstrate traditional throat singing, the Morin Khuur (Horse Headed Fiddle), the ancient Long Song and the art of contortionism. We’ll also receive a very brief history of Mongolia from a professional guide. Before we say goodbye, we’ll auction off a stunning example of Mongolian calligraphy.
The event will be hosted by Emily Sykes (UK) and Khishigjargal Dorjjugder (Hishge, Mongolia), two firm friends who have worked side by side in Mongolia’s tourist sector for Panoramic Journeys over the past six years and who bonded forever driving Russian trucks through rivers on remote film shoots. Both wanted to do something to help out. This festival - supported by the performers - is the result.
Tickets are free, but please donate what you can to support the following deserving causes:
Lotus Children’s Centre
The centre provides a loving home and care for around 65 vulnerable children in Mongolia, ranging in age from just a few months to teenagers. Before Covid, Lotus Children’s Centre generated income and provided work and skills training for children and young people at the nearby Lotus Guest House - visible from the window of our office.
Your donation will be hugely appreciated and go towards the centre’s running costs. To give you an idea of these...
USD$300 - Staff member’s average monthly wage
USD$200 - Provides heating and electricity for one month to one house
USD$150 - One truck of coal (up to ten trucks of coal are needed each month during the very harsh Mongolian winter)
US$30 - One sack of rice (twelve sacks are used each month)
Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users
Your donation will support the work of the National Association for Wheelchair Users in their work to protect wheelchair users rights, improve their living environment, increase their opportunities to find employment, and increase their participation in society.
- Improving the law and rules of people with disabilities
- Providing an information service
- Rehabilitation training
- Training to increase wheelchairs users participation in the labour market
- Women’s empowerment
- Develop wheelchair sports
- Wheelchair repair service
Relief fund for our friends in the Mongolian travel industry
A third of the money raised will be donated to our colleagues and their families whose livelihoods have been deeply impacted by the loss of tourism.
We're so grateful for your support and we look forward to when we can host you once again in The Land Of The Blue Sky.
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