List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-10-12

    The 12th annual Iranian Arts and Cultural event - "Mehregan"

    Bay Area - South Bay Sunday - October 12, 2008     11:00 AM

    Save the date!
    The 12th annual Iranian Arts and Cultural event.

    October 12th, 2008
    "Self unites with the Greater Whole"
    The 12th Annual Iranian Arts and Cultural Festival
    By: Azin Arefi

    When my essential Self unites with the Greater Whole

    Then every particle of the Universe will become enlightened to my soul.

    I will blaze like a candle for the sake of this Union,

    So that all my life's moments spent on the path of this love will become one.

    --- Rumi

    The great Persian Sufi Poet and Philosopher Rumi wrote that only when one's individual self unites with the universe is one truly enlightened and happy and that the search for this union is the ultimate goal of each person's life. Our 12th Annual Iranian Arts and Cultural Festival is inspired by Rumi and his words. We invite each of you individuals to unite with the greater whole and join Payvand and Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) for our cultural event on Sunday, October 12, 2008 at Cupertino Quinlan Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    This year's free festival and fundraising event promises to be a great success, filled with delicious Persian food and cultural activities such as dance, music, poetry and story readings, arts and crafts, book signings, and Payvand's own young cultural ambassadors who will give presentations on different aspects of Iranian culture.

    Our festival showcases the pride the Iranian community of mixed generations has in its rich culture and shows their understanding of their position in a world that is at times hostile towards that very culture. Above all, the festival promises a great time. So as Rumi would encourage, set your life's goal on connecting with others and join us to elevate your individual self and be enlightened by the greater whole!

    Entrepreneurs, business owners or artist who wish to be involved can contact Ms. Fariba Nejat at
    For applications for a booth, please visit

    To display your art please visit
    The Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC) (est. 1996) is a local, non-profit, nonpolitical, and non-religious organization whose mission is to integrate and empower the Iranian community, and to promote arts and culture by bringing educational services, scholarships, and cultural activities to Bay Area communities.
    The Payvand Cultural School (est. 1995) was founded on our belief that Iranian American youth need to participate in a healthy community that fosters Iranian traditions, heritage, and language, while still encouraging successful American cultural integration. PCS provides educational instruction and opportunities for social interaction in Farsi, and also teaches traditional Iranian music and dance. PCS also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. Our school is run by experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers.
    For more information please visit:, or,Tel: (408) 408-624-9222.

    Free admission and open to public

    Location: 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, (408) 777-3120

    Persian Festival of Autumn (Mehregan) - Orange County

    Orange County Sunday - October 12, 2008     11:00 AM

    Persian Festival of Autumn (Mehregan)
    Persian Festival
    Event Info Host: NIPOC
    Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit
    Time and Place Start Time: Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 11:00am
    End Time: Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 9:00pm
    Location: Orange County Fair & Exposition Center
    Street: 88 Fair Drive
    City/Town: Costa Mesa, CA

    Contact Info Phone: 9498513993


    For Immediate Release

    IRVINE, CA – June 16, 2008

    Mehregan Organizing Committee of NIPOC (Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County) is in the planning process for the 13th Annual Persian Festival of Autumn (Mehregan) tentatively scheduled for October 11 –12, 2008 at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

    Mehregan, is a celebration of nature in the spirit of LOVE, KNOWLEDGE and COMMITMENT. This two-day outdoor family event, is a tapestry of many aspects of Persian culture including art exhibits, traditional music, folk dances, crafts, ancient sports, live performances, pop entertainers, movies, children's activities, teen ager’s lounge, poetry, exotic food and a show case of the different provinces of modern Iran.

    Mehregan is a non-profit event and created by Mehregan Organizing Committee, a volunteer based team with members of all age groups from affiliated organizations committed to community service. Each year hundreds of volunteers dedicate their time, energy and talents to bring Orange County the sights, sounds and tastes of ancient Persia and a flavor of modern Iran.
    Over 200 exhibitors display and some sell goods imported from Iran, including Persian rugs.

    We are inviting all interested individuals and organizations to join us as Sponsors or volunteers and get involved with this wonderful community event and celebrate TEAMWORK.

    Mehregan 2008 is dedicated to PEACE

    Information: at or NIPOC office (949)851-3993 Email:

    Contacts: Nora M. Valenzuela, NIPOC President
    Fariba Vesali, Public Relation Director
    Hossein Hosseini, Media Advisor
    Majid Azartash, Advisory Board Member

    Zarbang & Namah present "Mirror" in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Sunday - October 12, 2008     08:00 PM

    Zarbang and Banafsheh Sayyad's Namah Dance Ensemble will present "Mirror" at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on October 12, at 8pm.

    At the intersection of art and spirituality comes an evening of wild and whirling dance, ground-breaking drums and Rumi's evocative poetry. This is a well-established collection of masters, seasoned from years together, all at the top of their game. Mirror features the long-favoured Sufi dance innovator Banafsheh, her dance company NAMAH and music from the world renowned ZARBANG.

    Mirror revolves around Banafsheh's residency at the Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago. Merging contemporary dance with ancient Sufi ritual, Persian dance, Tai Chi and Flamenco, Banafsheh's choreography takes the audience on a journey into the mysteries of being alive and living from the heart, accompanied by ZARBANG's hypnotic wall of sound.

    Mirror reflects our common human experience where, we don't see ourselves as we really are, in the full glory and majesty that lies beyond self-interested egoism, which is wreaking havoc in our world today.

    Wilshire Ebell Theater

    4401 W. 8th St

    (corner of Lucerne and Wilshire, west of Crenshaw)

    Los Angeles, CA 90005


    Banafsheh Sayyad

    Kelly Archbold

    Bahareh Ebrahimzadeh


    Javid Afsari Rad

    Pejman Hadadi

    Behnam Samani

    Reza Samani

    Tickets $25 - $100. (Discount for DRC members)

    Sold At:

    Theater Box Office (323) 939 - 1128

    Sherkat-e Ketab, Westwood (310) 477 - 7477

    Music Box, Westwood (310) 473 - 3466

    Q Market, Reseda (818) 758 - 9995

    Mystic World Music Event Songs of Rumi and Peace

    Virginia Sunday - October 12, 2008     08:00 PM

    Mystic World Music Event Songs of Rumi and Peace


    Event Type
    Date And Time
    8:00 PM Sunday, Oct 12
    Event Area
    DC Metro
    Event Location
    Thomas Jefferson Center for the Arts
    A magical night of music and dance. The critically acclaimed Shams Ensemble perform for one night only.. A mystical night of dance and spell bounding music Thomas Jefferson Community Theater 125 South Old Glebe Road Arlington Va 22204 Tickets $35,$45 and $55 8pm Reservations 703-517-4343
    Event Photo

    Admission Fee
    $35 to $55
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