The Silk Road Institute, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University Present The 20th Anniversary of the Silk Road Bayram
the Silk Road Institute , Showers Inn and the Cafe D’Jango will host a group of world music performers, affiliated with Indiana the University and the city of Bloomington for a concert of music from many regions of the Middle East and Central Eurasia of the Silk Road cultures on Saturday evening April 14 at 6:30 pm.
The Silk Road had seen a steady trickle of traders since 200 B.C., the most famous being Marco Polo, the 13th-century Venetian who first chronicled the overland journey. The standard route ran from Xian, China, through the heart of Asia, to a port on the Mediterranean: Tyre (in todays Lebanon), Antioch and Istanbul (Turkey), or Venice. Here, the merchants unloaded and sold whatever treasures were left after thousands of miles of rough travel. Silk Road merchants got a sixteen-hundred-year head start on sailors, who only started carving out parts of Asia for the Portuguese in the 1600s. As recently as the 1970s, before political upheaval effectively put a roadblock across Central Asia for casual tourists, the Silk Road had been a popular trip for shoestring travelers and modern Marco Polos.