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Iranian New Year at the Smithsonian

Date Saturday, March 16, 2013, 11 am – 5 pm Categories Celebrations, Culinary Arts, Demonstrations, Gallery Talks & Tours, Kids & Families, Performances Venue Freer Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Sackler Gallery Event Location Freer and Sackler, S. Dillon Ripley Center Related Exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning Details

A festive day awaits at our fifth annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) celebration. The festival coincides with the US debut of one of the world’s most iconic objects, the Cyrus Cylinder. Often referred to as the first “declaration of human rights,” the Cylinder is on loan to the Sackler from the British Museum.

The Nowruz celebration features entertaining and exciting programs for all ages—including “Haft Sin” table displays, "fire" jumping, a Nowruz memory photo booth, chess and backgammon games, Persian stories by Xanthe Gresham, performances by the Nomad Dancers, and live Persian music. Explore newly digitized photographs of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Iran by photographer Antoin Sevruguin, and participate in a variety of ImaginAsia family activities. Traditional Persian food by Moby Dick House of Kabob and special Nowruz cupcakes by Fraiche Cupcakery are available for purchase. The event is made possible by a generous grant from Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar.

Part of the series The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning Persian Music for Nowruz: Mamak Khadem, vocals, with Sahba Motalebi, tar and sehtar Saturday, March 16, 1 pm

Vocalist Mamak Khadem returns with her latest innovative project, an all-female ensemble on traditional Persian instruments, including rising young star Sahba Motallebion tar, sehtar, and shourangiz. They are joined by Sofia LabropoulouPolly Ferber, andParvaneh Daneshvar on percussion, tar, and qanun. The ensemble made its debut last year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Persian Music for Nowruz: Mamak Khadem, vocals, with Sahba Motalebi, tar and sehtar Saturday, March 16, 4 pm

Vocalist Mamak Khadem returns with her latest innovative project, an all-female ensemble on traditional Persian instruments, including rising young star Sahba Motallebion tar, sehtar, and shourangiz. They are joined by Sofia LabropoulouPolly Ferber, andParvaneh Daneshvar on percussion, tar, and qanun. The ensemble made its debut last year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Lets meet at the mall entrance to Sackler gallery at 11 am so we can enter together. There are concurrent events and then we can meet for lunch together downstairs about 12.  The concert is at 1 pm and then repeats at 4 pm.

 

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  • Karen F

    Sounds like a fun day & look forward to all the activities.

    March 8, 2013

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