Dalai Lama’s Glastonbury invite upsets China

Tenzin Gyatso is due to make appearance on Sunday (June 28)

China has been irked by Glastonbury’s decision to invite the Dalai Lama to this year’s event. So much so in fact that, according to Reuters, its government has been moved to point out that asking the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to attend is “tantamount to giving him a platform to engage in anti-China activities”.

Beijing has long denounced Tenzin Gyatso as a dangerous separatist seeking an independent Tibet. China has ruled the region since its “peaceful liberation” in 1950. “China resolutely opposes any country, organisation, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told Reuters.

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The Dalai Lama will visit the site on Sunday (June 28), where he will talk in the Green Fields, the 60-acre site dedicated to peace and spirituality, and be taken on a tour of the farm. It was previously reported that the 79-year-old would appear on Sunday morning on the Pyramid Stage, a slot previously taken by the English National Ballet. The Dalai Lama’s Tibetan monks performed in the Green Fields in 2013, where they created a ceremonial Sand Mandala to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence.

Speaking about the guru’s 2015 appearance, Festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “We’re honoured to welcome the Dalai Lama to Glastonbury 2015. He will be talking in the Green Fields and exploring the farm this Sunday as part of his trip to the UK. What a special moment for the Festival!”

According to a press release, the key themes throughout this visit will be the promotion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity.

Earlier today (June 26), The Charlatans became the first band to perform on Glastonbury’s new look Other Stage as they played a secret set at 11am.