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.

At Tehran symphony, music lovers seek escape from reality

In the first decade after the Islamic Revolution, the music disappeared from the public sphere. (Supplied) July 5, 2019 Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And perhaps surprisingly, musicians in [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

British singer Joss Stone deported from Iran

Joss Stone knew solo performances by women were illegal, but she still wanted to see Iran. (AP) July 4, 2019 British soul singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran after arriving in the Islamic Republic as part of a worldwide concert tour, even though she didn’t plan to perform there. Posting [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Arts, Europe|

Young painter sentenced to 35 lashes for ‘insulting’ filmmaker

Mahyar Bahram Asl, a graduate student, may have to receive the lashes if he is convicted for the same or any other reason within the next three years. (Social Media) June 19, 2019 A court in Tehran has sentenced a student of painting at the University of Tehran to 35 lashes on the [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Kurd singer gets 2 years of prison for singing epic Kurdish songs

Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the Orumieh Public Court . (Supplied) June 17, 2019 A Kurd singer who was arrested in mid-February was sentenced to two years of prison on charges of “spreading propaganda” against the state. Reports indicate that Peyman Mirzazadeh was transferred to the 110th Branch of the [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Minorities|

Orhan Pamuk in search of Persian translator

A visitor walks past a giant display featuring Turkish writer and 2006 Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk at Turkey's pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 14, 2008. (AFP) June 15, 2019 Turkish Nobel laureate novelist Orhan Pamuk says he longs for a "trustworthy Iranian publisher" and a "commanding Persian translator" to enjoy [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|Arts, Turkey|

Interview with Iranian born actress Nazanin Boniadi: “Silence is not an option”

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian-British actress and human rights defender. (Social Media) June 10, 2019 As a girl visiting her birth country of Iran, British actress Nazanin Boniadi got a taste of the severely restricted rights women there live with on a daily basis. That experience inspired her to get educated about women’s and human [...]

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

Iranian poet once praised by Supreme Leader lands in IRGC custody

Hossein Jannati (left) recited a poem in which he said Iranians were caught in "a night" with no escape route between "one tyrant and another". (Supplied) By Golnaz Esfandiari June 8, 2019 In the summer of 2010, poet Hossein Jannati was basking in the adulation of the supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a self-professed [...]

By |June 8th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Tehran exhibit hosts retrospective of veteran locksmith Hossein Shams

Locks have been made in Iran since at least the second millennium BC. (Supplied) June 5, 2019 Tens of traditional-looking locks by Hossein Shams were exhibited at the headquarters of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tehran as a retrospective of the 71-year-old Iranian locksmith. Works by Shams, who has 62 [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Female musicians banned from playing in charity concert in Qazvin

A traditional music band was supposed to perform at the auditorium of the Azad University of Qazvin. (Supplied) May 28, 2019 Female musicians were banned from playing in a charity concert in Qazvin. They were not allowed to even sit among the audience. One of the largest annual charity programs in Qazvin Province [...]

By |May 28th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Woman|

Iran’s Cyber Police goes after street musicians

Street musicians in Iran. Undated. (Supplied) May 24, 2019 The Islamic Republic Cyber Police have blocked several accounts owned by Iranian street musicians on Instagram, local reports say. Two female musicians, Naghmeh Moradabadi and Aso Kohzadi, along with Mehrdad Ahmadi, are among the buskers whose pages on Instagram have been blocked, allegedly for [...]

By |May 24th, 2019|Arts, Iran|