This weekend the Tibet hot air balloon has taken to the air at the 37th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta as Chinese officials refused to confirm or deny they were behind attempts to ban it.
Tashi’s first flight in the UK was reported in a Guardian newspaper article. The Guardian included a photograph of the balloon on their front page earlier in the week, alongside an article describing the pressures exerted by the Chinese authorities to prevent her from flying in the UK and elsewhere.
Tashi and the team were joined by members of the Tibetan community in the UK for the event which was attended by thousands of people and covered by the local and national press. The event provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the situation of Tibet and the need for dialogue between the Chinese authorities and Tibetan Government-in-Exile to secure the future of Tibetan language, culture and identity.