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Sunday, Aug 25
All Day San Diego International Kids' Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Film: Mountain Miracle (Amelie Rennt)
2:00 PM House of Puerto Rico Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: An Experiment With An Air Pump
2:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Music: Paula Fuga
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
8:00 PM Film: About Time
8:00 PM Stage: An Experiment With an Air Pump
Monday, Aug 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM The Face Behind the Art: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
Tuesday, Aug 27
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8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, Aug 28
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6:00 PM Film: Midnight in Paris
6:30 PM Film: Romeo + Juliet
8:00 PM Music: Gondwana
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, Aug 29
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8:00 PM Film: Dracula
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Friday, Aug 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM San Diego Filipino Cinema's Magic Hour Fest
5:00 PM Exhibition Opening: Black Life
6:00 PM 49th Annual Barona Powwow
7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, Aug 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM 49th Annual Barona Pow Wow
1:00 PM Stage: Saints and Stars
2:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
3:00 PM SYDRO Music Festival
6:00 PM Book Discussion: Louise Penny
7:00 PM Songs Of The Soul -- The Music Of Sri Chinmoy
7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, Sep 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM 49th Annual Barona Pow Wow
2:00 PM House of Ukraine Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Monday, Sep 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday, Sep 4
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8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, Sep 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Friday, Sep 6
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7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, Sep 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
7:00 PM Stage: The Underpants
8:00 PM Stage: Noel Coward's Private Lives
8:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
9:00 PM Indian Youth Festival of North America
Afghan Attan


Attan is a traditional Afghan dance. It is said to be one of the oldest forms of Afghan Pagan dance. Some identify Attan as a religious ceremony of early Zoroastrians placing it at 2000 BCE, while others have placed it at an even older time going back to King Yama's celebration of Nowroz and warriors dancing and circling around the fire. This was later modified into an Islamic dance to allow the dancers to get "closer to God." This virtual Attan practised by many Afghan poets and mystics had even reached to corners of Turkey, known in Europe as the Rumi Dance. It is usually performed with a Dhol, which is a double-headed barrel drum. The dance can be anywhere from 5 minute to 30 minutes long. There are many different regional variations of Attan, the most famous being Kabuli, Paktiyaya, Mazari, Shenwari , Kandahari, Sistani, Herati, Pashayi, and Nuristani. During King Yama's time, Attan was performed before going to a war because it used to give the army the confidence that they could win the battle.

Performers often wear traditional, sequinned Afghan dress. The men wear the traditional outfits, such as the pakool (thick wool hat) or the waskata (thick wool vest). Men also tend to wear suits and ties. Women tend to wear thin wool dresses and scarves with tiny mirrors on it.

The Attan is performed differently in many of the different Pashtun tribes. Some styles of Attan portray themes of war while others portray celebration, especially for events such as marriage, engagements, family gatherings and also as a prelude to the arrival of spring. Different kinds of Attan are danced with the various drum beats; all differ in style. Dum, the beater of the drum (Dohl), can instantaneously change the rhythm and is circled by the performers.

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