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Workshops

All festival workshops take place during the afternoon from 1-6pm.

Folk Dance Workshop

Folk Dance Federation of California

Prepare for afternoon Folk Dance Mania and celebration by learning some easy Balkan and Near Eastern folk dances in this mini-workshop! Open to everyone and free.

Workshop takes place 1:00 - 2:00pm in the Garden Pavilion at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

Azerbaijani Dance Presentation & Mini-Workshop

Chichaklar Dance Group

Enjoy a special dance presentation and learn an Azerbaijani folkdance with festival guests, Chichaklar Dance group from Vancouver, Canada. Open to everyone and free.

Workshop takes place 2:00 - 2:20pm in the Garden Pavilion at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

Traditional Dance Workshop - Armenia

Hasmik Harutyunyan and Eliyahu Sills

Armenian traditional village dance workshop with Hasmik Harutunyan. A journey to the very heart of Armenia. Eliyahu Sills will be accompanying Hasmik on the ney. Open to all and free! All levels welcome, beginning to advanced. Hasmik is the greatest!

Free workshop takes place 2:30 - 3:45pm in the Garden Pavilion at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.

Persian Drumming Workshop

Pezhham Akhavass

Learn fundamentals of drumming on the Persian daf with master musician and teacher Pezhham Akhavass! All level workshop, beginners welcome.  If you do not have a daf, one will be provided. Learn how to hold, and play multiple rhythms of the daf, the Persian frame drum. Registration Required: Email Pezhham

Workshop takes place 1:30 - 2:30pm in the upstairs lobby of the Theater.

Mugham Music of Azerbaijan - Lecture & Demonstration

Jeffrey Werbock

Learn about the ancient traditional Mugham musical system and instruments of Azerbaijan in this engaging free demonstration and lecture with Jeffery Werbock.

Workshop takes place 4:00 - 5:30pm in the upstairs lobby of the theater.