This fall through spring, PECO joins with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to sponsor a diverse and engaging lineup of world culture celebrations the whole family can enjoy.
PECO World Culture Days, all free with Penn Museum admission donation ($10 adults; $7 seniors [65+]; $6 children [6-17] and college students with ID), introduce guests of all ages to the rich cultural traditions that are found throughout the world—and are alive within the diverse Greater Philadelphia community.
“This series will explore rich and diverse world cultures through food, dance, and fun games for all,” said Jeff Gordon, PECO’s manager of Corporate Relations. “We are proud to support the Penn Museum and to celebrate diversity with our customers and communities.”
Held on Saturdays and Sundays, PECO World Culture Days connect visitors of all ages to the rich cultural traditions found throughout the Penn Museum’s galleries and across the globe. Events showcase the artistic and cultural specialties of the region’s diverse communities while inviting guests to also enjoy the Museum’s vast collections, educational resources, and inspiring spaces. PECO World Culture Days offer visitors a full menu of activities to choose from, including international music and dancing, speakers on various topics, family crafts, interactive workshops, and related food demonstrations. Activities are held throughout the Museum’s galleries, classrooms, auditoriums, and gardens.
The 2010-2011 PECO World Culture Days lineup runs from early November 2010 through late April 2011:
Sunday, November 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Ole! Mexican Fiesta
Celebrate the diverse cultures of Mexico with food, music, traditional children’s games, and crafts. Discover the Mexico and Central America of ancient times, with a tour of the Central American Gallery. The afternoon is co-sponsored with the Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia.
Sunday, November 14, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the U.S. with an afternoon introduction to the rich and unique culture of Japan. This daylong event features Kendo (sword fighting) and Ninjutsu (stealth warfare) martial arts demonstrations, the mesmerizing beats of Taiko drumming, a presentation and display of the Museum’s collection of samurai armor, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Other highlights include presentations on sushi preparation, flower arrangement, and calligraphy, Japanese anime (cartoons), a kimono display and dressing lecture, Japanese games, kabuki face painting, a display of traditional dolls—even a chance to experience Shiatsu massage and a Reiki healing treatment! The afternoon is co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
Sunday, December 5, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Peace Around the World: Passport to Cultures
Penn Museum celebrates the 15th annual, holiday time Peace around the World holiday observance. Visitors receive a holiday “Passport to Cultures” with an itinerary to visit galleries where Penn Museum International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries through music, stories, arts, crafts, games, and more. The afternoon also features international music and dancing, children’s choirs, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, and free treats for children.
Saturday, January 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Celebration of African Cultures
The 22nd annual Celebration of African Cultures comes alive with special programs to delight the entire family. Electrifying African and African American dance, traditional storytelling, music performances, workshops, children’s activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum.
Saturday, February 12, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Chinese New Year Celebration
Hop to it, and welcome in the Year of the Rabbit at the 30th annual daylong extravaganza celebration. Visitors can bring the whole family and celebrate the New Year through a wide variety of music and dance performances, children’s activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. The day ends with a drum roll, a roar, and the popular Lion Dance parade.
Saturday, March 26, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Along the Silk Road Culture Day
What was life like along the Silk Road a thousand years ago—and what is life like in that region of the world today? Discover some of the many arts, foods and spices, music and dance that have originated and evolved along the world’s most famous set of trading routes, linking Eurasian cultures from East and West. Visitors can examine items from the Silk Road in the Museum’s permanent galleries, and take a tour through thousands of years of Silk Road history when they visit the special exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road (optional extra, timed tickets, prices vary)
Saturday, April 23, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Penn Museum celebrates Rome’s birthday and explores Italy during ancient Roman times with an afternoon schedule of events. Visitors can enjoy gladiatorial bouts, try on helmets and shields, and re-enact battle formations. Other highlights include a lecture on gladiators in ancient Rome by Kathleen Coleman, Harvard Classics professor and consultant on the box office hit “Gladiator,” family-friendly arts and crafts, traditional dancing, and a food demonstration. Enthusiasts can also visit the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Worlds Intertwined: Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans, and learn more about the history of Italy, from Etruscan to Roman civilizations, by viewing over 1,000 artifacts including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold and silver coins, metalwork, glass vessels, and more.