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.

Iran security forces prevent friends, fans visiting poet’s grave on anniversary

Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000). (ISNA) July 25, 2020 The Iranian Writers Association on Friday said security forces prevented the friends and fans of Ahmad Shamlou, prominent poet and writer, from paying tribute to him on his death anniversary. A statement published on Friday on the Writers Association's Facebook page said some of [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian Writers Association condemns arrest of poet, warns about his health

Milad Jannat, an Iranian poet, is held by security forces at an unknown location after the arrest. (Social Media) July 25, 2020 The Iranian Writers' Association (IWA) has condemned the detention of a poet and translator, Milad Jannat, and demanded the release of all other political and ideological prisoners in the clergy-dominated Iran. [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

The Fairies: An opera banned in Tehran is released in Amsterdam

The Fairies faced restrictions in Iran because of the official ban on solo female singing - imposed by the regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (PDN) July 22, 2020 The Persian Dutch Network presents a recording which has been banned in Tehran for three decades: an opera based on a famous poem by [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Iran’s sorely-missed top pop singer loses beard for charity

Ebrahim Hamedi, best known as Ebi, shaved off his beard after an overwhelming response to his UNICEF charity challenge. (IranWire) By Arash Azizi July 06, 2020 All the catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus lockdown aside, it has led to some amusing moments. Millions of people having to avoid hair salons for months resulted in [...]

By |July 6th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Oscars voting body’s invitation to Iranian director Narges Abyar sparks criticism

Iran's first Oscar-nominated female director Narges Abyar attends an interview with Reuters in Istanbul. (Reuters) July 4, 2020 The Oscars voting body’s invitation to an Iranian director has drawn criticism on social media among Iranian users who say the director is closely affiliated with the Iranian regime. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian parkour champ arrested in Turkey and faces deportation threat

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy. (Social Media) By Aida Ghajar July 4, 2020 On June 30, 2020, BBC Persian published a video concerning the arrest of Alireza Japalaghi, an Iranian parkour practitioner who was detained by Iranian authorities in May after publishing a video in which he kissed a girl on a Tehran [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

Actress Esti Yerushalmi, a cast member in "Tehran" speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel’s latest hit TV series takes its viewers straight into the heart of the country’s archenemy Iran, June 21, 2020. (AP) June 27, 2020 Israel’s latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country’s archenemy [...]

By |June 27th, 2020|Arts, Isreal|

Actress Taraneh Alidoosti sentenced to five months in prison

Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent Iranian film and television actress. (Supplied) June 25, 2020 Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent film and television actress, has been sentenced to five months in prison on charges of "insulting law enforcement." The sentence has been deferred for two years. Giso Faghfouri, a veteran arts and culture journalist, tweeted the [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Writers, artists in Iran issue call for freedom of speech, warning of ‘social collapse’

The poster of a banned Iranian film being pulled down in Tehran. October 2019. All books, films and music must be approved by censors. (Supplied) June 24, 2020 Referring to continued suppression of freedom of expression in the Islamic Republic, more than 300 Iranian writers, artists, academics, civil society activists, and journalists have [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Marjan, Iranian actress and singer who became symbol of rebellion, dies at 71

Marjan performs in Paris in 2018. (/Media Express) By Matt Schudel June 15, 2020 Marjan, a popular singer and actress in pre-revolutionary Iran who, after being imprisoned by the country’s Islamic authorities in the 1980s, lent her voice to the cause of political freedom in her homeland, died June 6 at a hospital in [...]

By |June 15th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Opinions On Iran|