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Friday, May 26
All Day Conference: Housing Across Borders - Mexican and U.S. Housing in Perspective
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10:00 AM Exhibition: International Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds
5:00 PM Summer Movies In The Park: Moana
6:00 PM Lebanese Food Festival
6:30 PM Modern Japan Concert Series
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8:30 PM Music: Park Junghyun (Lena Park)
Saturday, May 27
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10:00 AM Japanese Living Moss Garden
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival
2:00 PM French Culture Lecture Series & Kids Storytime
2:00 PM Ethiopian Experience: Feast + Cultural Journey
2:00 PM Film: Tsar to Lenin
7:30 PM Music: Park Junghyun (Lena Park)
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
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Sunday, May 28
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11:00 AM HPR Annual Ethnic Food Fair
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival
1:00 PM Knowledge Is the Beginning
2:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
2:00 PM Music: Jimmy & Enrique
2:00 PM Book Signing: Antonio F. Vianna. Far from Ordinary
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5:00 PM West African Dance: Djibril Camara
Monday, May 29
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7:45 PM Argentine Tango
Tuesday, May 30
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5:00 PM West African Dance: Djibril Camara
Wednesday, May 31
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Thursday, Jun 1
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6:30 PM Artist Talk: Li Huai
7:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Friday, Jun 2
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8:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
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Saturday, Jun 3
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12:00 PM Music: CWM Summer Series, Caribbean Inspiration
6:30 PM South Asian Culture Show: Backstage Bollywood
6:30 PM South Asian Culture Show: Backstage Bollywood
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Sunday, Jun 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Knowledge Is the Beginning
1:30 PM Pacific Arts Movement Day With The Padres
2:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
2:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
3:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
4:00 PM Musica Vitale
5:00 PM West African Dance: Djibril Camara
7:00 PM Music: La Arrolladora Banda el Limón
Monday, Jun 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM City Diplomacy in the 21st Century
Tuesday, Jun 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM West African Dance: Djibril Camara
Wednesday, Jun 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jun 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
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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