A festival dedicated to the spiritual will bring the homoeroticism of trees and the feel of the Himalayas to Parramatta in September.
The Sydney Sacred Musical Festival will have the city contemplating the divine with a series of performances, exhibitions and workshops throughout September.
In our neck of the woods there will be a sensual photographic exhibition that draws parallels between trees and humans, a performance by a Tibetan musician and a meditative calligraphy workshop run by a Korean monk.
For the first time a Himalayan film festival, exploring the spirit of the place and the people, will be held at Riverside Theatres as part of the annual festival.
While the events will be held at various venues across Sydney from Mosman to Campbeltown, director Richard Petkovic says the heart of it is in western Sydney.
"I started the festival three years ago because there was a need to get a positive message out to the wonderful community around us," Mr Petkovic, a music producer and songwriter himself, said.
"There is so much negative stuff going on about refugees at the moment but these people are culturally giving us so much, but these aren't in the mainstream."
The sounds of East Turkistan, Vietnam and Tonga will fill the Fairfield Museum and Gallery and songs, psalm and chant will mix in an event about female spirituality and ceremony at Blacktown Arts Centre.
The Sydney Sacred Sound Music Festival 2013 will run from Sunday, September 1 and Sunday, September 22. For more information visit sydneysacredmusicfestival.org
■ For Tibet with Love Concert
The sounds of the west will meet those of India and Tibet in a performance featuring the vocals of Tenzin Choegyal, tabla playing of Maharishi and western classical violinist Kirsten Williams.
When: 5pm, Sunday, September 8
Where: Parramatta Artists' Studios
This photographic exhibition draws parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.
When: Saturday, September 7 to 21
Where: Riverside Theatres Foyer
■ The Himalayan Film Festival
The festival will explore themes of compassion, conflict, environmental justice and human rights.
When: Saturday, September 7 to 8
Where: Parramatta Riverside Theatres