Nowruz: A Persian New Years Celebration

La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Come celebrate NOWRUZ, the ancient Iranian New Years festivities! With live music, a dance party, beautiful Iranian foods, celebrating the enduring resilience of Persian culture and peoples.

We conjure the medicine of this joyful tradition, celebrating the coming of Spring, intoxicating our lungs with the scents of blooming flowers and our ears with the songs of the birds.

With live music by Iranian-American, internationally-celebrated multi-instrumentalist Lydia Violet & Special Guests! With her live band, Lydia weaves together Iranian and American roots & folk music traditions. With a lively set featuring violin, luscious vocal harmonies, banjo/setar, and percussion, we enter into the New Year with the transforming power of beauty and community.

Also featured this evening will be students of Miriam Peretz, an internationally celebrated Sufi dance instructor and performer. Miriam’s inspiration draws heavily on sacred dances from around the world, Central Asian dance, devotional Sufi whirling and ritual.

And if wouldn't be a Persian celebration without dancing! DJ Paymahn will spin your favorite Iranian dance tunes, as we culminate our celebration of cultural resilience.

La Pena Cultural Center

March 21 : 7pm-Midnight

$30 includes Persian foods, drinks, live performances, and dance party.

7pm- Doors + Food + Drinks

7:3pm-10- Live Performances

10pm- 12am- Dance Party

***This is event will likely SELL OUT, so please get your tickets soon to ensure your attendance!