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CultureFest! Nowruz

Saturday, March 19, 2022 |
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Nowruz dancers performing with veils.


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CultureFest! celebrates the diversity of our region through tours, performances, discussions, crafts, and more. Join our signature in-person festival at the Museum and connect at home with themed virtual programs. Learn from local artists and community organizations as we explore global cultural traditions and illuminate our shared humanity.

Let new beginnings bloom this spring with a Nowruz celebration, in collaboration with the Drexel University Persian Student Association. Nowruz, or “new day” in Persian, is an ancient festival marking the start of spring. Celebrate the Persian New Year with friends and family and learn how the holiday is observed by people in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and beyond. Throughout the day, enjoy cultural performances, art-making, tours, storytelling, hands-on workshops, and a Persian bazaar.

During our CultureFest! celebration, face coverings are required for everyone (age 2+) while inside the Museum.

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Festival Schedule

11:00 am - 4:00 pm Haft-seen
Make and Take crafts
11:00 am Middle Eastern Drumming Workshop
12:00 pm Performance by the Turkish American Friendship Society of US Choir
1:00 pm Daily Dig in the Middle East Galleries
1:30 pm The Traditions of Nowruz, a lecture by the Drexel University Persian Student Association
1:30 pm Storytelling with Arsia Rozegar, the author of Shahnameh for Kids
2:00 pm Middle East Drumming Workshop
2:30 pm Penn Museum Global Guides Tour of Middle East Galleries
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm "Chaharshanbeh Suri" Fire Jumping with the Drexel University Persian Student Association
3:00 pm Performance by the Silk Road Dance Company

Explore on Your Own

Digital Daily Digs

3-minute videos exploring our remarkable collections and their powerful stories.

At-Home Anthropology Activities

Fun hands-on activities you can do at home!

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About Our Partner

The Drexel University Persian Student Association is a cultural organization that aims to cultivate friendship among Persian students and develop a better understanding of the prosperous Persian culture.

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