Activities set to take place at TSU’s Performing Arts Center and Kean Hall
src=”http://tnstatenewsroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/gobo-300×300.png” alt=”" width=”300″ height=”300″ />NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – A weekend of traditional Kurdish music, dance, art and food will take place at the Performing Arts Center on the Tennessee State University campus, Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9.
The Kurdish Arts Festival, sponsored by the Kurdish Cultural Institute, and the College of Liberal Arts and Diversity Committee at TSU, will be one of the most exciting Kurdish showcases in Nashville and North America. Kurdish artists and creative talents from the U.S. and from countries around the world including Turkey, Iraq, Europe and Canada, are scheduled to perform and present the rich history of the Kurdish heritage.
The Festival kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a virtual showcase of art followed by opening remarks and welcome at 7 p.m. Friday’s opening night events are free and open to the public, and run until 9 p.m.
Saturday’s events begin at 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Lunch consisting of traditional Kurdish food will also be available for purchase. Events will include traditional music, dance, theater and guest speakers.
The three-day event concludes Sunday with a Festival Celebration beginning at 7 p.m. in Kean Hall. Admission is $10 and will include a night of traditional dance and music.
According to organizers, the Festival is the first of its kind held in the United States and is expected to draw thousands of guests to Nashville and Tennessee State University. Proceeds from the Festival will assist in building a scholarship foundation for Kurdish students, both in the United States and abroad who are in need of financial assistance and to allow them the opportunity to study and further their education in the areas of arts and music at Tennessee State University.
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