1379 Norouz Celebrations at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
| This year, for the first time, Iranian community in
the U.S. celebrated its new year at America's premier performing arts institution, the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As significant was the fact that this event was also
broadcasted simultaneously on the Internet, making it the first Iranian performing art event to
have been made available live using the new medium.
Members of Nava Youth Ensemble played Soroud Ey Iran at the the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 21, 2000 in celebration of the Iranian new year. The program continued with performance by the Nava Adult Ensemble, playing a number of well know persian tunes.
Approximately one thousand Iranian and non-Iranian spectators attended this warm and wonderful event. This level of participation was well above the typical 400 attendees that generally view the nightly performances.
Among the audiances were some in traditional Persian attire, distributing Noql, a type of Persian sugar candy, among the spectators. We hope that attendence will continue to remain high for this event, both electronically and in person.