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Pacifica Institute Invites K-12 Students to Anatolian Festival

September 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Pacifica Institute is inviting local students to its Third Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival to be held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa from October 6 to 9, 2011. The festival offers children an interactive opportunity to learn about the diverse culture and history of the Anatolian people. It is organized by the Pacifica Institute and is one of the largest events of its kind.

Student groups along with their teachers can attend the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival for free on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7. (Regular admission for adults is $12 and for students $6). To register visit www.anatolianfestival.org/freeadmission.

The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival is a hands-on learning experience, which complies with the objectives of the California State Board of Education Standards for History, Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts.

The festival takes place in a 15-acre area with large-scale recreations of five major Anatolian cities. There will also be an exhibit called “The Paths of Anatolia” showcasing the cultures that thrived in the region, including the Hittites, Trojans, Urartians, Phrigians, Lydians, Ionians, Commagenians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, Ottomans, and Turks. Actors dressed in authentic costumes will greet visitors giving information and bringing the exhibits to life.

On display there will also be documents translated from historic manuscripts, as well as scaled up 3D models and photographs of original historic sites, like the Topkapi Palace and the Akhdamar Church. Visitors will also be able to observe and interact with various craftsmen demonstrating such skills as filigree and weaving.

The festival will also feature a playground for children with a variety of games and play structures. On a stage at the center of the festival there will be folk dancing performances and concerts throughout the day. At more than 120 booths representing Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar festivalgoers will also be able to savor authentic foods and purchase handcrafts.

The Pacifica Institute is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to encourage multi-cultural dialogue.

For more information please visit www.anatolianfestival.org, email info@anatolianfestival.org or call (310) 208 7290.

SOURCE Pacifica Institute

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