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.

Asghar Farhadi’s new film grapples with the idea of heroes

This image provided by Amazon Studios shows Mohsen Tanabandeh, from left, Saleh Karimai and Amir Jadidi in a scene from "A Hero." (AP) February 1, 2022 Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi had been thinking about the concept behind “ A Hero ” long before he started making movies. In fact, the spark came before he even [...]

By |February 1st, 2022|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote ‘My Uncle Napoleon,’ dies

Iranian writer and author Iraj Pezeshkzad. (Supplied) January 14, 2022 Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture’s self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94. The travails of Uncle Napoleon, whose delusions have him seeing Britain’s hand [...]

By |January 14th, 2022|Arts, Iran|

Jailed Iranian poet Baktash Abtin dies after contracting COVID-19

Jailed Iranian poet Baktash Abtin is pictured after being hospitalized in July 2021. (Twitter) January 8, 2022 Jailed Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has died in a hospital in Tehran, the Iranian Writers Association has reported. Abtin's death, which was announced on January 8, came after the 48-year-old was recently placed in [...]

By |January 8th, 2022|Arts, Iran|

The twin sisters dancing over Tehran’s red lines

Twin sisters Ghazal and Maral Abbaspour left Iran for Turkey this year to practice their art freely. (Iran Wire) By Parvaneh Masoumi December 17, 2021 Ghazal and Maral Abbaspour are twin sisters. Since childhood, they have expressed their love for life through music and Iranian dance. Both teach their art to others too. [...]

By |December 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

MP: Want to buy sunglasses or musical instruments? Leave Iran

Deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament's Economic Committee, Kazem Mousavi. (IranWire) December 14, 2021 Kazem Mousavi, deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament's Economic Committee, has said people trying to buy musical instruments in defiance of a ban on imports “can leave Iran”. Earlier this month Mehdi Mirasharfi, the head of Iran's customs, musical [...]

By |December 14th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Revelations in grisly death of iconic Iranian dissident: Did Tehran hire a friend to kill him?

Farrokhzad Farrokhzad, an Iranian entertainer, poet, had become a scathing critic of Iran's hard-line regime, mocking Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (Supplied) By Hooman Askary, Shahriar Siami and Carl Schreck December 11, 2021 Shortly before midnight on August 6, 1992, police in Bonn entered the small, cluttered apartment of Fereydoun Farrokhzad, a renowned Iranian entertainer, [...]

By |December 11th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

The festival threatening one of Iran’s most cherished areas of natural beauty

As the Thousand Colors Autumn Festival came to a close, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported on the plans to build a cable car system in the forest. (IranWire) December 4, 2021 Iranian environmentalists have voiced anger over the destruction of oak seedlings after a festival was held in Golestan province’s Alang-Dareh [...]

By |December 4th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Zahedi, playboy Iran ambassador to US under shah, dies at 93

Iran's Then-Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, left, talks with actress Barbra Streisand and her escort Jon Peters as they admire the Iranian Embassy March 8, 1975. (AP) November 19, 2021 Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s flamboyant ambassador to the United States during the rule of the shah who charmed both Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Twice Oscar winner Iranian filmmaker tells IRGC: I hate you!

Asghar Farhadi with his Oscar for A Separation, which won best foreign language film in 2012. (Getty Images) November 17, 2021 Iran's Oscar-winning film director Asghar Farhadi has distanced himself from the government and the Revolutionary Guard in a statement published on Tuesday. Farhadi wrote the statement in response to a remark by [...]

By |November 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Minister of Culture: Iranians can’t watch films I didn’t like

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the new Iranian Ministry of Culture. (Supplied) November 9, 2021 Some Iranian films currently waiting to be licensed for screening in Iran are "inappropriate and un-Islamic", the new Minister of Culture has said. Speaking in an interview for Iranian state television on Saturday, Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, wondered aloud: “Is our cinema [...]

By |November 9th, 2021|Arts, Iran|