The Dalai Lama is to speak at a Children in Crossfire conference in Derry later this year, it has been confirmed.
Richard Moore, Children in Crossfire’s director, said he is “thrilled” the charity’s patron is to return to Derry for the “Culture of Compassion” conference in April.
“He came to the city six years ago as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations and has been a dedicated patron of the charity since that time.
“We are delighted that people from across Northern Ireland and beyond will have an opportunity to see and hear him speak during this City of Culture year. “
The conference, organised by Children in Crossfire, will be held in The Venue 2013 at Ebrington on April 18.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be the event’s keynote speaker, and further guests will be announced prior to the conference.
“We know that His Holiness is looking forward to returning to Northern Ireland and we hope to make this visit very special,” Mr Moore said.
“We will have other elements of the visit to announce in the coming week but this event will be His Holiness’s only public speaking event during the visit.
“We also hope to launch a Youth Compassion Award from the Office of Tibet which will give local schoolchildren an opportunity to be rewarded for their charity work as well as other legacies from the visit,” he said.
Tickets for the Culture of Compassion conference go on sale tomorrow at the Millennium Forum Box Office
The Dalai Lama has become a frequent visitor to Derry in recent years as patron to Children in Crossfire, a local charity whose international programme, is dedicated to promoting early childhood care and development in some of the poorest countries in the world. More information about the Derry-based charity is available online at childrenincrossfire.org