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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

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, SRH continues the screening of the new series of twelve unique documentary films produced in France in 2015. All films have English subtitles.

Today’s film is from New York and Mali (Africa), and entitled “Bamako is a Miracle.” It was produced in 2002 by Verna Gillis, a PhD in ethnomusicology, a free-lance producer, with the French director Samuel Chalard.

This documentary dedicated to the unique partnership of legendary New York jazz trombonist and ethnomusicologist Roswell Hopkins Rudd (b. 1935) and the young Malian kora prodigy Toumani Diabaté who comes from a long family tradition of kora players. A kora is a mandinka harp built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck. Usually it has 21 strings.

Roswell Rudd has been a frequent visitor to the African nation of Mali, performing and recording with Malian musicians for the first time ever. This recording odyssey shares the adventure of a cross-cultural endeavor and reveals the reality of collaboration between two cultures that could hardly be more opposite.

This outstanding film is a recipient of Bartok Award 2003.

Total running time 53 mins.

The film will be introduced and commented on by Alma Kunanbaeva.

July 23rd, Saturday, 5-7pm

Hope to see you there at the Silk Road House in Berkeley, as always!