UPDATE: 11/08/2013 – The search is over. We have found a a new board member. Thanks to all applicants.
As we approach the end of 2013, IACA looks back to yet another successful year for the organization. At the start of the year, we started off with an exciting and interactive fundraising evening with a live auction including a variety of gifts and services provided by friends and sponsors of IACA. Thanks to all of you who contributed to this event, we were able to raise $7200 Your funds made it possible to organize and sponsor the Iranian showcase at Folklife and of course the Seattle Iranian Festival.
For the first time ever, IACA took part at Folklife during Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center. The Iranian Showcase, “Journey Through Iran”, was held at the famous Bagley Wright Theatre. The showcase presented a fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds and performances. Besides poetry readings, there were traditional dances that were performed by talented local dance groups, Karoun Dance Ensemble and Anar Dana. The showcase also presented a special appearance by Milad Zendehnam & Eren Basbug’s Ensemble, a musically and culturally diverse group of musicians who came together from Boston to perform at this event. Their unique music was a modern blend of traditional & modern Persian music fused with contemporary jazz. The Iranian showcase at Folklife was not only a huge success, but an amazing representation of Persian music and culture.
The 7th Annual Seattle Iranian Festival on June 29th was IACA’s highlight of the year! The day was packed with live back to back performances from very talented performers, musicians, authors, and speakers. In fact, this year we were surprised with a very special speech from Seattle mayor, Mike McGinn, who expressed his appreciation and support for the Iranian Festival as well as the importance of diversity in our city and communities. One of the festival’s many highlights was an entertaining performance by famous LA standup comedian, Tehran Ghasri. Another highlight at this year’s festival was the first ever Iranian Americans Got Talent competition, which showcased very talented artists who entertained and excited the crowd! The day could not have been possible without the support and dedication of our volunteers and sponsors. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the performers, volunteers, sponsors, and of course the attendees that made the festival such a huge success this year. We look forward to sharing another mazing year with all of you!
Below is the final schedule for the Iranian Festival!
12:05 Welcome announcement by IACA
12:10 Song by Persian Preschool
12:20 Persian traditional Music by Alexadner Beasely
12:30 Opening Dance by Karavan Dance Troupe
12:45 Classic Guitar by Naeim Rahmani
12:55 Music by Golbanoo Ghavami, Nima Mirzaee, Vafa Mostaghim & Lilia
1:10 Solo Dance by Elham Hakimi
1:15 Program by kAnoon Farsi school
1:25 Dance by Karavan Dance Troupe
1:40 Traditional music by Amir Haghighi, Saina Khaledi, Sina Ettehad, Amy Stephen, Hamin Honari & Ali Sajjadi
2:10 Talk by Author Meghan Seyres
2:25 Standup comedy by Tehran
2:40 Persian traditional Music by Alexander Beasely
2:50 Dance by Karoun Dance Ensemble
3:00 Talk by Misha Graham (Designer of the Iranian Festival poster )
3:05 Talk by Cookbook Author Louisa Shafia
3:20 Classic Guitar by Naeim
3:30 Few words by Ali Ghambari
3:35 Poetry reading by Shahrzad Shams
3:40 Music by Reza Razavi
3:45 Talk by Dr. Iraj Khademi
3:50 Talk by Joel Walker
3:55 Dance by Karoun
4:00 Talk by Laila Ghambari
4:05 “Iranian Americans Got Talent!” show
5:05 Standup Comedy by Tehran
5:20 Fashion Show
5:35 Dance Ensemble Duet: Ghafghazi dance by Alfredo Gormezano & Janelle Bel Isle
5:40 Talk by Sahar Fathi
5:45 Traditional music by Amir Haghighi, Saina Khaledi, Sina Ettehad, Amy Stephen, Hamin Honari & Ali Sajjadi
6:15 Music by Peyman Marandiz
6:25 Sufi Dance and Poem by Alfredo
6:30 Dance by Mystic Rose Company
Andy & Kouros Live in Concert in Seattle on Saturday, June 29 at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Bellevue!
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Get your tickets now at Persepolis Market, Oskoo Market & Sahand Market!
We are excited to inform you that the Iranian Festival will have an ad running on local TV! Comcast Cable Channel 77 (Channel 23 if Wave) on the following days and times. The episode will also run simultaneously online at the following link: http://seattlecommunitymedia.org
Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:00 pm
Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:00 am
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:00 am
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:00 am
Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:00 pm
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:00 am
Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:00 pm
Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:00 am
Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:00 am
Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:00 pm
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:00 am
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:00 pm
Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:00 pm
Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:00 am
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:00 pm
For those who don’t have cable, you can watch the ad here: http://seattlecommunitymedia.org/node/321698
Spread the word and see you all on Saturday June 29th!
ANAR DANA presents Dances Under the Crescent Moon
An evening of dances spanning from North Africa to Afghanistan.
JUNE 14th & 15th at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle at 8:00 PM
Dances Under the Crescent Moon
Buy tickets here.