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Traveling the Silk Road Events

We are presenting a host of spectacular activities and events to accompany the exhibition, Traveling the Silk Road, open now through April 13, 2014. They will conjure the sights, sounds, and tastes of the greatest trading route in history. Come hear a storyteller weave an ancient tale. String beads at a jewelry workshop, sip exotic brews at a tea workshop, or witness the magic of shadow puppetry. Here is a list of upcoming programs:


Are you a Merchant or a Scholar? These were common travelers on the Silk Road. Pick a profession. Travel to four cities on your journey through the exhibit. Stamp your passport at each destination.


Traveling the Silk Road Lecture Series
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 pm
Lecture by Gary Paul Nabhan, “The Silk Roads as Spice Trails and Entry Points for Globalization: Culinary Exchange Between East and West”
Click HERE for more details!

Sunday, April 13: SILK ROAD BAZAAR

  • 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm: Musical performances by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble
  • 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm: Persian Dance Performances by Djanbazian Dance Company
  • Antique Silk Road Costume and Textile displays by the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Inc.
  • Weaving, spinning and silk reeling demonstrations by the Southern California Handweavers' Guild
  • Silk Road activities and more!
  • Persian Food Workshop, 1-3 pm: Persian cuisine has a rich history, and many believe that it is one of the Mother Cuisines. During this hands-on workshop participants will be given an overview of how Persian fruits, nuts, spices, and recipes traveled along the Silk Road, and inevitably, how new ingredients were introduced to this cuisine from other parts of Asia. Members: $15; Non-members: $20. Registration will begin in March.