Dalai Lama praises Glastonbury ‘joy’
By Ian Youngs
Entertainment reporter, Glastonbury festival
28 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
The Dalai Lama has made an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, praising it as “a festival of people, not governments or politicians”.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader gave a talk in the Peace Garden, where the crowd sang happy birthday in advance of his 80th birthday on 6 July.
He arrived using a Glastonbury t-shirt to cover his head as rain soaked the festival site.
“I see old and young, everybody full of joy,” he said.
The Dalai Lama used a festival t-shirt to shelter from the rain
“While you are here, enjoy the joyfulness here. But you should remember on this same planet are human beings being killed by human beings.”
He mentioned conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria as he delivered a message of peace and respect.
He is also expected to appear on the festival’s Pyramid stage later.
If he does, he will join a Sunday line-up that also features The Who, Alt-J and Patti Smith.
Irish singer Hozier kicked off proceedings, drawing a huge crowd hoping to hear his signature hit, Take Me To Church.
Other artists due to play on Sunday include The Chemical Brothers, Ryan Adams and Charli XCX; while Lionel Richie takes the mid-afternoon “legends” slot on the main stage – following in the footsteps of the likes of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
The main stage was headlined by US rapper Kanye West on Saturday,
Source:: BBC Entertainment