This section is updated with news, updates, and articles that explore the rich culture and heritage of Iran.

It has been set up separately to assist researchers and people who are interested in Iranian Art as a page for direct access to such important topic.

Iranian superstar banned for what could prove to be suppression of dissent

Hanieh Tavassoli, Iranian Superstar reported to be under arrest. (Supplied) August 15, 2019 An award-winning Iranian movie superstar has been banned from appearing on the Islamic Republic's monopolized TV networks, apparently for protesting the arrest of a female photojournalist. Hanieh Tavassoli and several other famous actors have made public statements condemning the detention [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian heavy metal band members escape to Norway after receiving prison sentences

Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani were thrown into solitary confinement and initially faced the death penalty for blasphemy and advertising against the system. (Supplied) August 3, 2019 Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, members of the Iranian heavy metal band Confess, have left Iran to escape prosecution and prison for their art. “We took a [...]

By |August 3rd, 2019|Arts, Europe|

Iranian filmmaker speaks out on his prison sentence, interrogations and censorship

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. (REUTERS) By Shima Shahrabi July 30, 2019 Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to a year in prison and given a two-year ban on joining political parties or campaigns. Since 2017, he has faced a travel ban and has been banned from making films. Rasoulof says the recent prosecution [...]

By |July 31st, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Zarif complains to Khamenei about slander on state TV

An undated promotional handout still from the Iranian state TV series, 'Gando,' shows actor Payam Dehkordi, center, who plays a character apparently based on Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, among other actors. (AP) July 30, 2019 The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry says Mohammad Javad Zarif has complained in a letter to [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran bars international musicians from IRIB sponsored festival

Street musicians in Iran. Undated. (Supplied) July 27, 2019 Iran did not allow foreign participants and guests to attend an electronic music festival, according to the official in charge of organizing the event in late July. Speaking to the state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA), Mehdi Jalali said, "For the first time, our [...]

By |July 27th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rasoulof sentenced to prison, travel ban

Director Mohammad Rasoulof as he arrives for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP) July 26, 2019 Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of "spreading propaganda" against the Islamic republic, a charge that is often brought against intellectuals [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Security officials prevent fans from paying tribute to renowned poet

Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000). (ISNA) July 25, 2019 Social media users in Tehran reported on Wednesday July 24 that security officers have prevented a commemoration session to pay tribute to Iran’s renowned modern poet Ahmad Shamlou. Dozens of fans of the celebrated poet tried to gather around Shamlou’s tomb near Karaj, West of [...]

By |July 25th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian model sentenced to 148 lashes escapes to Paris

Iranian model, Negzzia, fled to Turkey and then eventually to France. (Twitter) July 25, 2019 An Iranian model was forced to leave Tehran for breaking the country’s Islamic clothing law restrictions, according to a feature news report by i24NEWS. "Negzzia" said that modeling is both her dream and her passion. “When I am [...]

By |July 25th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran spy TV show glorifies hard-liners imprisoning reporter

'Gando,' shows actor Payam Dehkordi, center, who plays a character apparently based on Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, among other actors. (AP) July 15, 2019 The Farsi caption has unfurled across the black screen of a channel of Iranian state television every night for days now, promising viewers that what they are about [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|

Controversial TV series enrages Rouhani administration officials

A scene from the controversial television series Gando, which is an Iranian alligator species. (Social Media) July 10, 2019 Presidential Adviser Hessamodin Ashna and Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi have criticized Iran's state TV for airing a controversial series that has allegedly showed President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Arts, Iran|