For Immediate Release
Contact: Athena Smith
press@karabakhfoundation.org
202-457-1450
 
Washington, D.C. June 2, 2011— On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the Karabakh Foundation will lend an Azerbaijani flavor to this year’s Textile Museum Outdoor Festival, held on the grounds of the museum at 2320 S St., NW. The Foundation’s contributions will enhance the museum’s outreach to families under the theme “Live Green Love Local,” which will highlight the many benefits of recycling and supporting local institutions. Visitors can expect to gain some firsthand insights into Azerbaijani traditions, including Azerbaijan’s significant contributions to the world of textiles.

From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Jeffrey Werbock, notable expert on the culture of Azerbaijan, will serve as the Foundation's “cultural ambassador” at the festival. Jeffrey Werbock will be available to answer questions about Azerbaijan’s major role in the world of “Oriental carpets”—many of which are Azerbaijani in origin. A modest display and children’s activities will create an interactive environment for families.

From 2:00 to 2:30 pm, the Foundation will sponsor a performance by world-renowned musician Imamyar Hasanov, Sounds of Azerbaijan, which will fill the air with the special lyrical sounds of Azerbaijani mugham.

From 3:30 to 4:00 pm, the Foundation’s presentation of Azerbaijani Dances, featuring Azerbaijani students and with special guest appearances by the Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble and the Nomad Dancers, will convey a vivid impression of Azerbaijani traditions. Foundation staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain and interpret the dances.

Other activities during the Outdoor Festival will include tie dying recycled garments to make “new” textiles, observing sheep shearing, and learning embroidery techniques. Visitors can peruse the museum’s exhibits Green: The Color and the Cause and Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles. Children also may enjoy textile art projects by children in the Washington, D.C., public schools.

The Outdoor Festival/Celebration of Textiles is part of the 28th Annual Dupont Kalorama Walk Weekend, during which visitors will enjoy free admission to events at ten off-the-Mall Washington, D.C., museums, including the Textile Museum.

Schedule of Karabakh Foundation Performances at the Outdoor Festival/Celebration of Textiles

2:00-2:30 pm Sounds of Azerbaijan

World-renowned Imamyar Hasanov brings Azerbaijani mugham to the Textile Museum stage

3:30-4:00 pm Azerbaijani Dances

Newcomers will gain a glimpse into Azerbaijan’s complex cultural legacy through these dramatic traditional dances.

Featuring:

Azerbaijani Students Group: Ikram Jalil and Delia Akhmedova

The Karabakh Foundation is delighted to present additional guest appearances by

Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble: Burcu Ozveren, Emsu Gorpe, Sema Muslu, and Zeynep Sila Yalcin

and

Nomad Dancers: Adriane Whalen, Annetta Burger, Caroline Besley, Christel Stevens, Marian Norris, Parastoo Ghodsi  

The entire family will enjoy the Karabakh Foundation’s celebration of the culture, arts, and heritage of Azerbaijan. All will appreciate the Textile Museum’s outreach on “the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.”

About the Karabakh Foundation
The Karabakh Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) cultural charity foundation based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments.

The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.

Foundation support comes primarily from Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan and one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. Support also comes from the U.S.-based Allaverdy Foundation. Additional information about the Karabakh Foundation may be found at www.karabakhfoundation.org.

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