University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Opening Festival: Middle East Galleries - Day Two


Date
Sunday 22 April 2018
Time
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location
Penn Museum
Category

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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 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: Cylinder Seal Edition Make your own cylinder seal and roll out a clay imprint to take home in the Cylinder Seal Workshop.
1:30 PM Live Performance Listen to a concert by The TAFSUS Choir.
1:45 PM & 3:30 PM Scribe Vibes: Arabic Calligraphy Edition Learn to write calligraphy in an Arabic Calligraphy Workshop.
2:00 PM Iraqi Football Watch the Iraqi team formed for Philadelphia's Unity Cup tournament show their skills in a Soccer Demonstration.
2:30 PM 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..
3:30 PM Live Performance Enjoy an afternoon of classical and contemporary Arab music from featuring Al-Bustan Ensemble and Guests.

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)
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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