The Himalayan Fair Committee presents the 23rd Annual HIMALAYAN FAIR?A Benefit for Humanitarian Grassroots Projects in the Himalayas. Award-winning dancers and musicians will represent the great mountain cultures of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mongolia while vendors of art objects and savory food from as far as Kathmandu hawk their wares?on Saturday, May 20, 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, May 21 10 AM to 5:30 PM at Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Avenue @ Berryman, North Berkeley, CA, wheelchair assistance & facilities. Requested donation at the gate is: $8 single, $15 couple, $20 trio, children 12 and under are free. This event is the only one, anywhere, that brings together all the Himalayan cultures in celebration.
?The entertainment at the fair ranges from Mongolian throat singers to Classical dancers from the southern tip of India--and everything in between.??Barbara Framm, entertainment co-producer.
One ambles among tents and booths scattered under the towering oak and redwood trees of the park. There is the spicy aroma of food baking over charcoal, vibrant colors in booths and whirling on dancers, sounds of bells, singing, laughter and Tibetan long-horns and seeing those rare Mongolian Throat Singers featured in National Geographic. It is one of the few places where Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Christians and secular folk gather in peace, to share and learn about cultures. The Fair provides a rare trip to a unique Himalayan festival without leaving the Bay Area.
During the past few years the Fair has raised over $180,000 from gate donations, which goes a long way when you convert the currency. This year?s Fair is raising money for projects such as Prism Bangladesh, building arsenic free wells, Kham Aid Foundation, providing educational scholarships, and The International Women?s Sewing Group supporting education projects for children.
Official Website: http://www.himalayanfair.org/
Added by lapax on May 3, 2006