The Tibetan world is filled with chanting of Buddhist texts and mantras, the sound of the great long horns, bells, cymbals and the beating of drums. Eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, India, perform a programme of masked dances and sacred m

The Tibetan world is filled with chanting of Buddhist texts and mantras, the sound of the great long horns, bells, cymbals and the beating of drums. Eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, India, perform a programme of masked dances and sacred music illustrating this unique and endangered culture, at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on July 31.The Tashi Lhunpo monastery remains popular among the Tibetans, as they carry on coming here on pilgrimage. It houses the tombs of Panchen Lamas, beautiful chortens decorated with gold and precious stones, as well as a Maitreya Bouddha statue 26 metres high.There is also a Tibetan Culture workshop at which participants can have a go at: music, chanting dance, printing, prayer flags, making sand mandalas, making butter sculpture. Learn about the costumes and the hand gestures or 'mudras' used in the Tantric ritual prayers, learn a little Tibetan language and about the beautiful calligraphy. Families welcome; suitable for aged six and up.Box office: (01805) 624624.