Foreign Language Festival at
Pittsburgh's Original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

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Each year, Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science sponsored a Foreign Language Festival. Students, from throughout the region, would visit Buhl Planetarium with their foreign language class, as a specially-scheduled school group, and watch a planetarium sky show, narrated in the foreign language they were studying. Planetarium shows narrated in Spanish, French, and German were offered to the schools participating in this program. Usually, the planetarium show presented in a foreign language was the same show performed for the general public, currently at that time, in the English language.

Prior to the planetarium sky show, often the school groups would perform skits, spoken in the foreign language they were studying, on Buhl Planetarium's theatrical stage (first permanent theatrical stage constructed in a planetarium theater: 1939 October 24). Long-time Buhl Planetarium technician James Hughes directed the Foreign Language Festival in the last few years before Buhl Planetarium closed as a facility performing planetarium shows for the general public in 1991. The Foreign Language Festival was not continued at the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium at The Carnegie Science Center.

The Foreign Language Festival was actually the successor to a Latin Festival, which Buhl Planetarium offered in its early years. At that time, planetarium shows were narrated in the Latin language.

Foreign Language Festival Planetarium Shows:

"The Invisible Universe"
(Radio Astronomy)

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2009 May

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