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.

Those who set Iran’s Cinema Rex on fire became MPs

Lawmakers are sworn in during the inauguration of Iran's new parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May, 27, 2020. (AP) August 22, 2020 In an interview with the semi-official Tarikh Iran channel, former Iranian member of the Parliament (Majlis) and a key official in three former administrations, Mohsen Safaei Farahani, admitted that current Iranian officials were [...]

By |August 22nd, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Writer accused of “propaganda against the Iranian regime” released on bail

Mehdi Salimi initially faced accusations of “propaganda against the regime,” “inciting people to corruption and prostitution” and “gathering and collusion against the state. (Supplied) August 21, 2020 Writer and translator Mehdi Salimi has been released from Evin Prison on a bail of 500 million tomans after spending 40 days in detention and under [...]

By |August 21st, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian musician rebuffing ban arrested for allegedly encouraging women to dance and sing

Jailed Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian refuses to stop playing. (Fox News) By Hollie McKay August 14, 2020 A prominent Iranian music advocate and creator was detained by police officials and charged with allegedly aiding women to sing and dance, he told Fox News. Mehdi Rajabian, 30, said he was summoned by a police officer Tuesday morning and [...]

By |August 14th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Self-portraits of Iranian artist Behzad Shishegaran promote face masks during the pandemic

Behzad Shishegaran displayed a collection of his artworks on coronavirus in an online exhibition on the Instagram, Facebook, and Telegram accounts. (Social Media) August 13, 2020 Iranian painter and graphic designer Behzad Shishegaran has displayed a selection of his self-portraits wearing a face mask to encourage people to put on face masks during [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

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|