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1001 Inventions Family Festival

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Photo: Nomad Dancers Gashghai Dance

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1001 Inventions Family Festival
September 8, 2012
Join us for a day of family fun surrounding our exhibition 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. Free Museum admission is included!

Participate in workshops and hands-on activities provided by local vendors and National Geographic staff. Enjoy an arts and crafts bazaar, dance and musical performances, vendor displays, and a spire building competition. Local food trucks will be on site and raffles and photo opportunities will take place throughout the day!

Note: The Farragut North metro station will be closed, but we are accessible by Farragut West or a 10–15 minute walk from the Dupont Circle South exit.

1001 Family Festival Programming
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Nomad Dancers – Central Asian Dance
Two 30-minute performances
Grosvenor Auditorium

Saltanah – Music from Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria
Two 30-minute performances
Grosvenor Auditorium

Nomad Dancers Adult and Children’s Dance Workshops
Dining Hall throughout the day

Saltanah – Family Percussion Workshops
Dining Hall
Two workshops. Limit of 30 people, no reservations necessary

Culinary Demonstrations
Culinary demonstrations by Amy Riolo in the NG Dining Hall

Hands-on Activities
Dining Hall

Frankincense Burner Painting with Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Textile Making with Karabakh Foundation
Arabic Calligraphy with Huda Totonji
Mosaic Making with Maverick Mosaics
Spire Competition put on by KEVA Planks
Perfume Making with Perfumenero
Henna Art by Henna Sooq

Paper marbling, paper mosaics, blue on white patterning, soap block print making and geometric pattern making with National Geographic Staff.

Sultan’s Tent, with the DC Public Library
10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., 12:00p.m., 1:00p.m., 2:00p.m., 3:00p.m.

Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

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