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Saturday, Sep 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 AM International Peace Day Celebration
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:30 PM Dance: International Harvest Festival
2:00 PM House of China Moon Festival
2:00 PM Celebrate Armenian Culture
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
7:00 PM Music: Debashish Bhattacharya and Derek Gripper
7:00 PM Music: Taiko Beats
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
8:30 PM Music: Siavash Ghomayshi
Sunday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Pacific Islander Festival 2017
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:00 PM Book Signing: How to Run Away from Home
12:30 PM Dance: International Harvest Festival
2:00 PM House of Puerto Rico Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
2:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
2:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
3:00 PM Film: Denial
3:00 PM Music: Michael Nigro
6:10 PM Film: Martha & Niki
7:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Monday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Lecture: Old New Media Xerox Art in Brazil
6:00 PM Music: Javid and Naoko
7:30 PM Music: The Danish Golden Age
Tuesday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM UCSD Martial Arts Demo
6:00 PM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
7:30 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Wednesday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:30 PM Film: The Salt of the Earth
6:30 PM Book Discussion: Choices
6:30 PM Film: Low Riders
7:00 PM Music: Draco Rosa
7:30 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Thursday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Friday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
12:30 PM September Movies At the College Avenue Center
4:00 PM La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
6:30 PM Bollywood Garba By The Sea
7:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Music: Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Saturday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
11:00 AM San Diego Cabrillo Festival
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
2:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
3:00 PM Sabor Caliente: Hispanic Heritage Festival
6:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Music: Carlos Velasco
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
8:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Sunday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 AM Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
12:00 PM 2017 Harmony and Motion International Music and Dance Festival
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
2:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
2:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
2:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
3:00 PM Music: K.S. Resmi and Scott Robinson
7:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
7:00 PM Stage: Wild Goose Dreams
Monday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Annual Polish Festival
7:30 PM Music: The Danish Golden Age
Tuesday, Oct 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: The Cut
Wednesday, Oct 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:30 PM Film Discussion: Love and Death
7:30 PM Film: Fuocoammare
Thursday, Oct 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Film: San Diego International Film Festival
6:00 PM Book Signing: The Sandcastle Girls
7:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
7:30 PM Film: La Pazza Gioia
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
Friday, Oct 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Book Signing: The Sandcastle Girls
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
12:00 PM Film: San Diego International Film Festival
5:00 PM Annual Polish Festival
7:30 PM Mariachi and Orchestra I
7:30 PM Film: Era D'estate
7:30 PM Stage: Anon(ymous)
8:00 PM Music: San Diego Symphony Presents A Hero's Life
8:00 PM Music: All Roads Lead to Romany
8:00 PM Stage: Accomplice
8:00 PM Stage: Ironbound
8:00 PM Stage: A Piece of My Heart
8:00 PM Stage: Speak Spanish To Me
Afghan Attan


Attan is a traditional Afghan dance. It is said to be one of the oldest forms of Afghan Pagan dance. Some identify Attan as a religious ceremony of early Zoroastrians placing it at 2000 BCE, while others have placed it at an even older time going back to King Yama's celebration of Nowroz and warriors dancing and circling around the fire. This was later modified into an Islamic dance to allow the dancers to get "closer to God." This virtual Attan practised by many Afghan poets and mystics had even reached to corners of Turkey, known in Europe as the Rumi Dance. It is usually performed with a Dhol, which is a double-headed barrel drum. The dance can be anywhere from 5 minute to 30 minutes long. There are many different regional variations of Attan, the most famous being Kabuli, Paktiyaya, Mazari, Shenwari , Kandahari, Sistani, Herati, Pashayi, and Nuristani. During King Yama's time, Attan was performed before going to a war because it used to give the army the confidence that they could win the battle.

Performers often wear traditional, sequinned Afghan dress. The men wear the traditional outfits, such as the pakool (thick wool hat) or the waskata (thick wool vest). Men also tend to wear suits and ties. Women tend to wear thin wool dresses and scarves with tiny mirrors on it.

The Attan is performed differently in many of the different Pashtun tribes. Some styles of Attan portray themes of war while others portray celebration, especially for events such as marriage, engagements, family gatherings and also as a prelude to the arrival of spring. Different kinds of Attan are danced with the various drum beats; all differ in style. Dum, the beater of the drum (Dohl), can instantaneously change the rhythm and is circled by the performers.

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