March 16, 2006, 6:00pm
Kyrgyz Cultural Performances: 1000 Years on the Silk Road
Location: Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street

Featuring Kyrgyz cultural performances by Rysbai Isakov, Laureate epic singer, who will perform episodes from the Kyrgyz national epic, Manas, the longest poem in the world; Akylbek Kasabolotov, member of Kyrgyzstan's Tengir Too Ensemble, who will share his country's unique nomadic musical traditions; and Dr. Helen Faller, anthropologist specializing in Central Asia, who will provide cultural background and contextualization. Teachers will receive Act 48 credit and free materials. Refreshments will be served.

Cost: $5 for teachers to cover Act 48 credit and educational materials; FREE and open to the general public. Teachers must pre-register by March 10th. To register, please contact Haimanti Banerjee at 215-898-4490 or email

Silk Road Foundation, Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan, Middle East Center, South Asia Center, Center for East Asian Studies, and International Classroom at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Central Asian Cultural Exchange