In 2004, film producer and the 8th Earl of Harewood, David Lascelles, invited a group of Bhutan monks to build a stupa on the grounds of Yorkshire’s iconic Harewood House.

Designed to bring harmony and calm chaotic forces, Lascelles hoped the stupa’s arrival might cleanse the estate’s troubled links to Britain’s colonial past, while redefining his own relationship with an area that’s intrinsically linked to his own family history.

The finished project was a merging of cultures that delved deep into the history of both parties. Hear Lascelles share stories of the stupa’s creation and impact during this live in-conversation event with Nima Poovaya-Smith.

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David Lascelles

David Lascelles, the 8th Earl of Harewood, is a film producer of both documentaries and drama for television and the cinema. Several of his films have been nominated for awards, including Inspector Morse, Wide-Eyed and Legless, Moll Flanders and Richard III. He lives at Harewood in Yorkshire, which has been his family s home since the eighteenth century, and for many years has chaired Harewood House Trust, the educational charitable trust that looks after the house, gardens and collections for the public benefit. David has travelled widely in the Himalayas and in 2004 invited a group of monks from Bhutan to come to Harewood and build a stupa. A Hare-Marked Moon is his first book.

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Nima Poovaya-Smith

Dr. Nima Poovaya-Smith OBE, DL is a curator, writer and speaker. She undertook a number of critically acclaimed, multi-disciplinary artistic programmes in partnership with cultural, academic and public sectors. Nima is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Fine Arts, University of Leeds, a Trustee of Harewood House and a patron of The Leeds Library.