Silk Road Chicago is a yearlong, citywide celebration inspired by the art and culture of the historic Silk Road extending from June 2006 to June 2007 and created in partnership with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Chicago, which uniquely represents the interconnectedness of the world’s cultures, will be transformed through performances, exhibitions, and events that explore cross-cultural discovery and celebrate the artistic legacy of the Silk Road. With this initiative, Chicago becomes the first city in the world to collaborate in a yearlong partnership with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.
The project began with a dream of bringing the historic Silk Road, and the ideas it represents, to life in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Inspired by this transmission of ideas and its modern-day manifestations, cultural organizations across Chicago are joining together as never before to present residents and visitors with Silk Road Chicago.
We invite you to browse through the Silk Road Chicago Web site and become a contemporary Silk Road traveler. Use the Web site’s calendars to find Silk Road Chicago events around town from June 2006 to June 2007, read more about each partner institution in their respective sections, and discover what happens when strangers meet.