Source: Los Angeles Times
On August 25, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that a nine-day World Festival of Sacred Music will take place in religious sites throughout the city of Los Angeles beginning October 9th, 1999. With the Dalai Lama as a primary sponsor of the event, more than 80 concerts have been scheduled, most of which will take place in churches, synagogues, and temples. The music of Asia and the South Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, South America, and eastern Europe will be featured. Tickets are priced from $5, and some of the events are free. Judy Mitoma, director of the festival, stated: "It's not about proselytizing your message or getting your name out there, or about judging, which creates tension between religions...It's about accepting what people from all sorts of backgrounds have to offer."