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Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center

Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the Silk Road House are:
  • to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
  • to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
  • to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk Road House by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...

Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Ruth Abrass
Navruz Avloni
Shirchin Baatar
Hanna Bailey
Elena Balashova
Alexander Bapa
Natalie Bondar
Kathleen Braunstein
Genrietta Bykin
Maria Bykin
JoAnn Conrad
Dieter Christensen
Wayne Eastep
Patrick Hayes
David Hooson
Karen Folger Jacobs
Anait Khudanazarova
Jack Kollmann
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Scott Morgan
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Zhanara Nauryzbaeva
Karen Nelsen
Joan E. Norvelle
Beket Nurzhanov
James O.Bailey
Akin Orhun
Skydrite Rubene
Vadim Ryvkin
Ernar Sagatov
Turburam Sandagdorj
Martin Schwartz
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Elizabeth Shedd
Tatiana Shubin
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Irina Serkebaeva
John Sommer
Kemal Sonmez
Tenzin Tsophel
Orna Uranchimeg-Tsultem
Bayan Tulegenova
Leonid Urjuk
Santo K. van Ess
Albina Yerzhanova
Joanne Yoshimura well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.

Our cordial thanks to all of you!

- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
Current Announcements
Silk Road House continues the KAZAKH FAIRY TALE SERIES

The Silk Road House continues live storytelling sessions which will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the magical world of fairy tales and epic stories once wildly popular along the historical Silk Roads.

No matter what happens, even if your father sells you to a witch or an enemy khan throws you into a prison pit, you can always count on your horse to save the day, as we see in "Itygil" and "Alpamys."

In February and March, we are offering a special eight-week storytelling series that presents newly translated Kazakh fairy tales, told for the first time in English. Each session will feature a storytelling performance for all ages, followed by a seminar discussion for adults connecting the stories to Kazakh folk culture led by Silk Road House director and Stanford anthropologist Alma Kunanbaeva. This is a unique opportunity to understand traditional tales in their cultural context, and we hope you can join us, whether once or for the whole program!

For more information: / /

March 1, 2015: Dana Sherry
Family Stories from 1-2.30, free and open to the public.
Seminar discussion from 2.30-4. $20 drop in, $120 for the eight-week series, $100 for SAC members

Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation.
2015 Nauryz Celebration

Dear Members of the Silk Road House Community!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Silk Road House!

The Silk Road House is delighted to invite you to the annual celebration of the Nauryz (Nawruz, Navruz, Norooz) Spring Holiday! Nauryz holiday transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic and national divisions and brings people together.

The event will begin at 12 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Hillside Club of North Berkeley located at 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709. The following is a general event schedule:

12.00 pm - Doors open
12.30 pm - 2.00 pm - Concert
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm - Food is served (Silk Road House will provide food, beverages, fruits, as well as plates, cups, utensils, etc.)
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm - Socializing & dancing.

Please purchase tickets online and have them with you at the entrance to the venue.
The link to the website to purchase tickets:

The online tickets are $25 per person.

Children and young people up to 18 years old can enter the event free of charge but their parents or guardians are asked to purchase $0 tickets online and ensure they have their tickets at the entry.

For those of you who are not able to purchase online tickets - the tickets will be available at the door for a higher price, $35 per person.

Finally, those of you who wish to volunteer to bring food or offer a concert performance, may enter the venue free of charge. Please purchase $0 tickets online and have them with you when you come to the event.

You are welcome to bring popular Central Asian dishes such as nauryz kozhe, sumalak, pilafs, kuyrdaks, baursaks, beliashi, chebureki, samsa, pirogi, chak-chak and many others. We kindly ask that you make portions that serve 8-10 people.

The Hillside Club has a stage with a grand piano and microphones. Anyone with musical, dance, storytelling or other talent is welcome to participate in the concert program. All volunteers, please purchase $0 tickets online and contact us as soon as possible so we can take you into account and make appropriate arrangements.

Any other donations for the support of ongoing Silk Road House activities would be gratefully accepted (cash or checks issued to the name of SRH). Contributions will be also collected at the entrance to the Hillside Club on the day of the event.

Residential area street parking.

If necessary, additional details will be posted in due time.

The SRH Board of Directors