The ProTibet festival has a long tradition. We organized the first year in Ostrava in 2002. The main mission of the Festival is to bring Tibetan culture and traditions closer to the general public and to inform about human rights violations and point out the current situation in Tibet, which has been suffering under Chinese rule for decades. The events always take place in March, when every year on March 10 we commemorate the bloody uprising in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, in which more than 80 thousand Tibetans lost their lives in 1959 and His Holiness the Dalai Lama was forced to flee to exile in India.
During its existence, the Festival welcomed Buddhist monks and a member of the parliament of the Tibetan government-in-exile, lectures by climbers Dina Štěrbová, Leopold Sulovský and Libor Uher, it also hosted actresses Bára Hrzánová, Nela Boudová and actor Jaroslav Dušek, director Viliam Poltiković, photographer and director Josef Vaniš, who he visited and documented the then still free Tibet and many others in 1953.
The twenty-second year of the festival will be held on the theme “Czechs in Tibet” and will present the unusual fate of our people in a distant country. At the same time, she will bring information from the autumn meeting of representative H.H. the Dalai Lama and members of the Tibetan parliament in exile with Czech politicians on the floor of the Senate, in which our representatives participated. Topics discussed were how the Czech Republic and the EU can contribute to solving the crisis in Tibet.