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Dr David Lynch and Donovan tour of Ireland and UK awakens unprecedented wave of interest in Transcendental Meditation
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25 October 2007
An unprecedented wave of interest in Transcendental Meditation has been awakened in the UK and Ireland by the current tour from from 20 to 27 October of world-renowned filmmaker David Lynch (Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, INLAND EMPIRE), and songwriter/poet Donovan Leitch (Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow, Jennifer Juniper, Hurdy Gurdy Man), who have been visiting Dublin, Belfast, London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, following a highly successful tour of several other European countries.
Lynch is speaking on the topic of his US best seller, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (Tarcher/Penguin). He is also answering questions on his films, his creative processes, and his new Foundation, which is bringing stress-reducing, creativity-enhancing Transcendental Meditation to school children. Donovan is celebrating his collaboration with David's Foundation with a 30-minute live concert showcasing his greatest songs from the 1960s and '70s. Rising star Astrella Celeste, Donovan's daughter, joins him for part of the performance.
Highlights of this week's five city UK-Ireland tour include: A prominent slot at The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival; presentation of this year's David Lean lecture at BAFTA (traditionally given by one of the world's top directors); the launch of this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's, and a special event at London University's Institute of Education.
The London Guardian's panel of film critics have collectively concluded that David Lynch 'is the most important film-maker of the current era' and have voted him to be the world's best director. In the USA the presentations and concerts of David Lynch and Donovan in January 2007 drew packed auditoriums. There has been a similar response for the UK-Ireland tour: Tickets for each event have sold out virtually overnight. This includes the Belfast Festival at Queen's, Glasgow Film Theatre, and the BFI National Film Theatre.
On 1 October in Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy presented David Lynch with France's highest civic honour, the L�egion d'Honneur, praising his eclectic 'genius'.
Lynch's visit to the UK is part of a European tour to highlight the successes of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace in providing in-school Transcendental Meditation programmes to tens of thousands of students in the US, Latin America, and Africa. Since its founding two years ago, the David Lynch Foundation has provided US$5 million in grants for these in-school programmes and to fund research on the benefits of the programme for reducing stress, anxiety, and learning disorders, and improving creativity, learning, and grades.
Donovan heads up the musical wing of the Foundation. He is travelling with David Lynch to support efforts to establish in the UK and Ireland schools with a consciousness-based programme.
Global Good News has been reporting some of the numerous positive news articles and radio and television interviews which have been appearing in the press in Ireland, Scotland and England, and will continue to feature them in the coming days.
Events so far in the tour have included:
Dublin 20 Oct 19:00: Trinity College, Edmund Burke Theatre
Belfast 21 Oct 14:00: Launch of Belfast Festival (Northern Ireland's premier arts festival) at Queen's University
London 23 Oct 21:00: The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival, BFI Southbank
London 24 Oct 19:30: Event hosted by Institute of Education, University of London (Logan Hall)
Glasgow 25 Oct 20:00: Event hosted by Glasgow Film Theatre
The final two days include:
Edinburgh 26 Oct 20:00: The Queens Hall, sponsored by Edinburgh Film House
London 27 Oct 19:00: David Lynch will present this year's David Lean Lecture at BAFTA.
For detailed schedule, including the events on Friday and Saturday, 26 and 27 October, please visit: Lynch-Donovan tour.
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