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Kazakh Fairy Tales

  • Silk Road House 1944 University Ave Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

Kazakh Fairy Tales

with Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry

Sunday, February 8, 1:00-2:30PM

Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-981-0700



The Silk Road House continues live storytelling sessions which will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the magical world of fairy tales and epic stories once wildly popular along the historical Silk Roads.


Do you ever feel like fortune has passed you by? This week, Dana Sherry shares the tale of "Kadyr's Fortune," in which Kadyr sets out to wake up his lazy fate and put it to work for him, and Diana Shmiana will tell "Bekbolat," in which a young man's dream sets him off on the rocky road to destiny.

In February and March, we are offering a special eight-week storytelling series that presents newly translated Kazakh fairy tales, told for the first time in English. Each session will feature a storytelling performance for all ages, followed by a seminar discussion for adults ($20 drop in, $120 for the eight-week series) connecting the stories to Kazakh folk culture led by Silk Road House director and Stanford anthropologist Alma Kunanbaeva. This is a unique opportunity to understand traditional tales in their cultural context, and we hope you can join us, whether once or for the whole program!

Earlier Event: February 8
Dharma Pagan Discussion: Padmasambhava
Later Event: February 8
Witch's Workshop: Make a Magical Candle