A Celebration of Persian Culture


Encinitas Friends of the Arts launched its first public event, A Celebration of Persian Culture, at the Encinitas Library on Aug. 23.

The event began with exotic tea and sweets on the patio at sunset, followed with a performance by DorNob — a collective of musicians, currently spanning two generations, who have been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. Simultaneously, a dance video by Banafsheh Sayyad was screened. Banafsheh aims to express the ancient with the contemporary and the within dance, creating a language that communicates the Persian mystical tradition universally to all regardless of cultural background.

The featured event was a reading and theatrical rendering from the book “Rumi Fables,” by Dr. Nagar Niazi. Additionally, Encinitas artist Lily Pourat’s Rumi-inspired ceramic sculpture was on display at the event.

This event is the first of a series of artistic cultural programs allowing EFA to fulfill its mission in celebrating different cultures through literary, performing, visual and culinary arts for the benefit of the community. Encinitas Friends of the Arts is a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation and is a non-religious and non-political, non-profit organization, established in April, 2014. To become a member, please visit:

Photos by McKenzie Images.