By Karen Daniels
This weekend, the City of Stafford will co-host the Silk Road Festival, an event with a three million dollar budget and ten acres of land, featuring six countries that were part of the world’s largest trading route dating back to 206 BC. If you’ve had the opportunity to drive by the Stafford Centre, no doubt you’ve seen the fifty-two foot dwelling slowly come to life. Photos of historic landmarks the size of billboards, drape the construction, dividing the event into six areas: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The festival is predicted to welcome over forty-thousand visitors during the four-days. In each of the sections, culture, cuisine, music, dance, and arts and crafts will be on display.
At the press conference held last week it was announced that on Saturday afternoon, ambassadors and members of parliament from these countries are expected to attend.
Also expected to attend are Congressmen Pete Olson and Al Green, Governor Rick Perry, Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker, and all Fort Bend Mayor’s have been invited as well. Mayor Scarcella said, “City Council and the Stafford Centre has been put to the task of such a large festival that will hopefully become an annual event.”
Seniors are free all weekend, and on Thursday and Friday, students are free. Otherwise, $10 is the cost of an adult day pass and $15 is for multiple-day admission. On the main stage, the big acts will be on: Oct. 5 at 7:45pm – Omar Faruk Tekbilek Concert; Oct. 6 at 7:45pm – Folk Dance Performance by Turksoy; Oct 7 at 7:45pm – Rafet El Roman Concert. Put on by The Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians, who are committed to advancing the interaction between American, Turkish, and Eurasian people.