Who likes persimmons or “khormaloo” in Persian? yummm!
Iranian Festival’s poster is FINALIZED! Check it out and get excited for Saturday June 29th! Let us know if you want to sponsor or volunteer!
For the first time ever at the Iranian Festival, we are hosting an “Iranian Americans Got Talent!” competition! This is your chance to show off your talent to our Seattle community and win some amazing prizes!
Who can enter
Anyone who considers themselves Iranian American, anywhere as long as you can be in Seattle Center on Saturday June 29th, the date of the Iranian Festival.
How it works
Make a youtube account, if you don’t have one.
Practice your talent
Record it and upload it
Email us the link to IranianAmericansGotTalent@gmail.com
Cross your fingers and be patient
Videos will be accepted from May 11th-June 1st. Finalists will be announced by June 8th.
First place winner will get $500!
Second place $150 + gift basket
Third place $50 + gift basket
The two runners up will get a gift basket as well.
Please keep it PG (this is a family event)
Please spread the word, the more people that enter, the more of a competition we will have.
If we know you, we won’t automatically pick you…no “ta’arof”
Any age can enter, children under 18 must have parent permission to be selected as a finalist.
You MUST BE AVAILABLE on Saturday June 29th, 2013 to attend the Iranian Festival in Seattle.
You can check out the Facebook event page here for more information.
For the first time ever, IACA will be participating in this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival! Join us for an afternoon of traditional and fusion Iranian music, featuring Milad Zendehnam and more!
You can check out our Facebook event page here.
We are proud to present our brand new Advisory Board. Read on to learn about what each of our amazing Advisory Board members are doing in our community!
Iraj Khademi is a poet, writer, researcher, retired attorney, and founder and director of the Persian Poetry and Music Workshop of Seattle. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Washington’s Department of Persian and Iranian Studies, and a contributor of articles in such publications as Encyclopedia Iranica, Rahavard journal, Payam and Pajouheshnameh. He has also authored a number of academic theses, two collections of poetry, and a few yet to be published books.
Shahrzad Shams is a Lecturer of Persian Language and Literature at the University of Washington, and also teaches Persian at the City University of Seattle. She received her Masters Degree in Linguistics from California State University-Fullerton. She is also the Liaison between UW and the Iranian-American community. Shahrzad serves on the advisory council of Associates in Cultural Exchange, and is also an active member of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages) and AATP (American Association of Teachers of Persian).
Mandana Afrassiabi moved from Iran in 1990 with a background in English Literature and Translation. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996 from the Dental Hygiene Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. She believes that before expecting much from our community, we need to give our best to it. For this reason, since 1999, along with her husband and family, she has been supporting Persian culture and education through the “Afrassiabi Endowment” for the Department of Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Washington. An annual lecture on Iranian literature, history and culture open to the public, and many scholarships have been awarded through this Endowment to students.
Mandana has been inspired by IACA since the 2008 Iranian Festival at Seattle Center, and by the great sense of unity, community and diversity that IACA has evoked. She started by motivating children and families to get involved in annual Iranian Festivals, and she promoted persian culture by organizing classes for children and youth. Mandana has been a strong supporter and advocate of IACA since its inception and she has been involved with many Nowruz celebrations, community ventures and fundraising events.
Shabnam Entezar is privileged and honored to serve as a Member of IACA’s Advisory Board. She is an architectural designer and a linguist fluent in five languages. In 2007, she moved to Washington from California with her family and got involved with IACA’s Iranian Festival. She admires IACA’s excellent performance in introducing and presenting Iran’s rich culture, art, and music through its annual festival. Through organizing children & youth performances, cultural plays and fashion shows, she has been trying to engage younger members of the Iranian American community in this beautiful Festival of love and raise their awareness of their ancestral culture. Shabnam is the founder and president of kAnoon Seattle, an institution for languages, music, and the arts.
Gazalle Zatolyan received her Master’s in Education with Endorsements in reading, special education and language arts, and is currently a High School Special Education teacher in Renton. Gazalle fell in love with IACA during the 2008 Festival Fundraiser when she saw all the positive energy and the Iranian American community coming together. Being involved with the IACA as a member of the Board of Directors was an amazing experience and has provided her with an appreciation and a sense of pride in her Iranian American identity that she never fully had. Gazalle is extremely excited to return as an Advisory Board Member and to be a positive part of this community, especially in the eyes of the children who are extremely impressionable and are constantly seeking for a sense of identity.
kAnoon is hosting a Nowruz Celebration on Friday March 15! This is a great family event.
*kAnoon School Performances (Musical Play, Dance, Poetry, Choir)
*Live Music Performance
*Dinner, Sweets & Tea
*DJ & Dance
Special Nowruz Activities for Kids
- Amoo Nowruz
- Egg Painting
-Nowruz Greeting Cards
Date: Friday March 15, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004
You can only buy your tickets here!
Also, check out the Facebook event page here.
For more information, please contact Shabnam Entezar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear supporters and community members:
IACA is requesting business product and service donations in order to raise funds at a silent auction event for the 7th Annual Iranian Festival 2013. Through your generous donation of auction items or services, we will promote your business to the Iranian-American community and you will help promote Iranian culture to the greater Seattle area community. We accept any donation from classes offered, arts and crafts, time share, mileage, any maintenance service, products, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mandana Afrassiabi at email@example.com.
We appreciate your support. Thank you!
Due to the high number of emails and requests that we have received, IACA has decided to launch a “Community Queries” page where we will post individual inquiries that we receive, which are directed at the Iranian American community. Visitors to the site are then encouraged to respond to inquiries of interest.
The Iranian American Community Alliance is sad to see one of our Board Members, Gazalle Zatolyan, leave to move on to bigger things in life. However, we are also extremely excited to start 2013 with Ghazal Torres, the newest person to join the Board of Directors!
You can check out her bio here: http://iaca-seattle.org/about/ghazal-torres/