University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Opening Festival: Middle East Galleries - Day One

Saturday 21 April 2018
10:00AM - 4:00PM
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Join the Penn Museum for Opening Festival - a once-in-a-generation celebration of our new Middle East Galleries! This two-day festival features live performances, markets and arts events celebrating the range and diversity of Middle Eastern tradition and innovation!

Free with General Admission.

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Schedule for the Day

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Documentary Film TAQ KASRA: Wonder of Architecture directed by Pejman Akbarzadeh
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Lore and Legacy Explore the Museum's early excavations in Mesopotamia with "Unearthed in the Archives: Middle East Edition."
11:00 AM -11:30 AM Youth Adventures: Storytime Hear tales from the Middle East during a special Children's Storytime.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Zoo on Wheels See animals from the Middle East with the Zoo on Wheels! (With the Philadelphia Zoo)
11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM Exchange with an Expert Talk with a curator, graduate student, researcher, or designer who helped to shape the new Galleries-drop in and ask questions during our Exchange with an Expert sessions.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Middle East Beats Learn to play the doumbek! Try your drumming skills in the Middle Eastern Drum Workshop.
12:30 PM & 2:00 PM Epic of Gilgamesh: Live Performance Catch a glimpse of the Myth of Gilgamesh: dance, puppetry, theatre, and live music ... spectacular work in progress by Sebastienne Mundheim's White Box Theatre.
1:15 PM and 2:45 PM Scribe Vibes: Cuneiform Edition Learn to write cuneiform and make your own clay tablet to take home during the Cuneiform Tablet Workshop.
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM & 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Scribe Vibes: Arabic Calligraphy Edition Learn to write calligraphy in an Arabic Calligraphy Workshop.
2:30 PM -3:00 PM Dance Performance Learn to dance the Dabke, an Arab folk dance native to the Levant
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Iraqi Football Watch the Iraqi team formed for Philadelphia's Unity Cup tournament show their skills in a Soccer Demonstration.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Opening Lectures Hear curators of the Middle East Galleries provide an in-depth exploration of objects and themes explored in the Galleries in this Lecture.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Farah Siraj: Live Performance Enjoy a Live Music Performance from Jordan's "Musical Ambassadress" Farah Siraj.

Ongoing Activities Throughout the day

Youth Adventures: Middle East Arts Enjoy Art Activities-learn to make a hamsa craft, bull mask, and royal jewelry.
Urban Crafting! Engineering Edition Try building your own city structures! Try out different materials-like marshmallows and spaghetti-and see how they hold up in this Engineering Activity. (Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival for Explorer Sunday)
Zoo on Wheels See animals from the Middle East with the Zoo on Wheels! (With the Philadelphia Zoo)
Middle East Bazaar tea and food from the region in a special opening weekend marketplace.
Spice Exploration Smell, touch, and learn about the spices of the Middle East
Urban Crafting! Lego Edition Try out your own city planning skills by Building a Lego City.
Mix and Match Explore the biodiversity of the Middle East with a Map Matching Game.
Insta-Hunt Travel the Middle East Galleries, hunting for clues in an Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Collect all the sites to win a prize!

*Schedule subject to change

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