Seattle Center Festál presents Iranian Festival in partnership with Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA). The festivals brings together Iranians, Iranian-Americans, non-Iranians in celebration of the culture with poetry, music, food, tea, comedy, and more.
This event is free and open to the public.
2006 was the first year that the active members of the Iranian community joined hand in hand with the Board Members of the Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA) to organize an event that now has become the Annual Seattle Iranian Festival. IACA as an organization came about a vision that the founder, Ali Ghambari had for the future of the Iranian generation here in the greater Seattle area; as parents they already knew their roots and maintained their heritage through their household and upbringing of their children, but what about the generation of their grandchildren? That is when Ali and a selected group of Iranians formed the IACA organization to not only bridge the gap between the Iranian and the American communities, but to create an established organization not only for the existing community but for the next generations. IACA has remained a well established grassroot organization dedicating its most efforts in organizing its largest event of the year, the Seattle Iranian Festival, while supporting other organizations and events.
The Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA) is a Seattle-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit, community organization focused on cultural and educational programs, like the Iranian Festival, and youth and leadership development through mentorship and service. It was founded in 2005.
DID YOU KNOW?
Iranians were pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient world
Prior to the 1930s, Iran was called Persia
Persian (Farsi) is the official language of Iran. However, other languages are spoken throughout the country, including Turkic, Kurdish, Gilaki, and Arabic
Iran is one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations, with settlements back to 4000 B.C.
Approximately 70% of Iran's population is under the age of 30
Iran is one of the world's largest producers of caviar, pistachios, and saffron
Iranians make up Iran (61%), followed by Azeri (16%), Kurd (10%), Lur (6%), Baloch (2%), Arab (2%), Turkmen and Turkic tribes (2%), and other (1%)
The most popular sport in Iran is soccer. The national team also known as Team Melli, has one the Asian Cup three times and played in three World Cup Final competitions
Polo was played in Iran as early as the 6th Century B.C., mainly as training for the cavalry
Gardens permeate Iranian culture & history
Iran is the most populous country in the Middle East at about 82 million people and practice different faiths despite Iran's Islamic Republic government practices and misconceptions all Iranians are conservative Muslims. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Zorastrians and Bahai's all live in Iran.
October 29 539 BCE - Day that Cyrus the Great, King of Persia, declared what is the first charter of human rights in the world.
Iranians invented practical Windmills around 500-900 A.D., used to grind grain or draw up water
The Postal Service was invented in Ancient Persia around 550 B.C. by Cyrus the Great
Iran is the 4th-largest producer of oil in the world