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.

Multi award-winning filmmaker Harley Wallen’s Eternal Code starring noted Iranian-American actress Vida Ghaffari had a star studded west coast premiere

Vida Ghaffari with Iranian-Americans in attendance. (Supplied) September 16, 2019 Multi award-winning filmmaker and actor Harley Wallen's Eternal Code had a star studded premiere in the heart of Hollywood at the noted TCL Chinese Theatre on September 4th. This much anticipated action crime thriller stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob [...]

By |September 16th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran to arrest superstar for sympathizing with dead female football fan

Saba Kamali, Iranian movie star. (Fars) September 13, 2019 While the International Football Federation (FIFA) is set to dispatch a delegation to Tehran to look into the case of a female football fan who recently committed suicide by self-immolation, the Islamic Republic has issued a warrant to arrest a movie superstar in Iran [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Woman|

The underground classrooms of future architects

Dr. Mitra Kanaani, a professor and director of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, outlines the challenges one group of architecture students faced. (Iran Wire) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour September 11, 2019 A film about the Baha’is of Iran and their commitment to education and resilience despite hostility from the leaders [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Iran: The feeble crippled authoritarian strikes again

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali meeting President Hassan Rouhani and a group of his cabinet. (Reuters) By Firouz Farzani August 31, 2019 On August 20, the Supreme Leader met with President Hassan Rouhani and a group of Iranian cabinet ministers to discuss cultural matters. The Supreme Leader is reported to have told the politicians, “We [...]

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

Iranian photographer held on blasphemy charges appeals for help

Iranian photojournalist Nooshin Jafari, winner of an Iranian national award for film photography. (Twitter) By Shima Shahrabi August 28, 2019 An Iranian human rights activist and journalist has released audio clips of jailed photographer Nooshin Jafari appealing to her for help. “Dear Shiva, I’m under intense pressure here,” Jafari says in the message, which [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran satirist gets 11 years for US cooperation

Iranian satirist and cultural activist Kioomars Marzban. (Social Media) August 26, 2019 An Iranian court has sentenced writer and satirist Kioomars Marzban to 11 years in prison after convicting him of charges including cooperation with the United States, state media reported. The official IRNA news agency said Marzban had “collaborated” with Radio Farda [...]

By |August 26th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|

Could this be the year of Persian poetry?

An Iranian woman passes by a billboard showing late Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. (AFP) By Amir Taheri August 16, 2019 Whatever you may think of Iran, you are likely to acknowledge it as one of the oldest homelands of poetry. Any list of top poets from all over the world is likely to include [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iran reveals charges against photojournalist whose arrest drew film industry backlash

Iranian photojournalist Nooshin Jafari, winner of an Iranian national award for film photography. (Twitter) August 16, 2019 Iran has broken its silence on its detention of prominent photojournalist Nooshin Jafari, whose arrest earlier this month sparked a backlash from Iranian filmmakers and actors who have worked with her. In a Tuesday briefing reported [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

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|