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 appeals court upholds novelist’s jail sentence for publishing work abroad

Hamid Namjoo, Iranian novelist and literary critic. (Twitter) By Maryam Sinaiee April 28, 2020 A court of appeals has upheld a one-year jail sentence for a novelist for publishing a novel in France two years ago to avoid censorship in Iran, and publishing articles in a Netherlands-based website. According to an announcement by his [...]

By |April 28th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Legendary Iranian photographer on pictures that make you feel better

Reza Deghati and his wife emailed this photo, titled "Trust," to their friends. (IranWire) By Niloufar Rostami April 23, 2020 Reza Deghati, a prominent Iranian photographer, has been emailing friends and colleagues a series of photographs since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran in early March as a way to tell them that the world [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian-American artist celebrates the heroes of the war against coronavirus

Donna Nezhad celebrates these professionals’ commitment and sacrifices. (IranWire) April 18, 2020 An Iranian-American artist has paid tribute to medical staff caring for coronavirus patients with her "Soldiers of the Corona Front" cartoon series. Iranian-American painter, cartoonist, and teacher Donna Nezhad was moved to create the series after hearing the sometimes shocking stories [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Powerful light installation by Iranian-American Nanda Sharif-pour at Soho Lofts on Las Vegas Boulevard

In Sharif-pour’s installation, the poem is presented in its original Farsi with an English translation on the exterior of the Soho Lofts on the Las Vegas Boulevard. (ArtfixDaily) April 06, 2020 The bright lights of Las Vegas’ Strip may have gone dark, but art remains a beacon of light in Sin City. As [...]

By |April 6th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei awaits a prison sentence in quarantine

The documentarian has been sentenced to a year in prison. He wonders if he were there now, amid the coronavirus, how would he spend his time? (Supplied) By Mehrdad Oskouei April 4, 2020 Three days before the announcement of the coronavirus coming to the city of Qom in Iran, I organized a one-day documentary-film [...]

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

New year message of a writer whose wife and daughter were killed by the Revolutionary Guards

Iranians light candles for victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 as they protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, 11 January 2020. (EPA-EFE) March 23, 2020 Hamed Esmaeilion is a dentist and writer in Canada whose wife, Parisa, and 10-year-old daughter Reera perished on January 8 when the Revolutionary Guards shot [...]

By |March 23rd, 2020|Arts, North America|

Iran state TV ejects actor for criticizing coronavirus control policy

Amir-Hossein Rostami, Iranian actor, criticized authorities in a live show which was interrupted to censor him. (Twitter) March 18, 2020 The chaotic situation of coronavirus information dissemination in Iran has given rise to many controversies as the performance of Iran's state-run TV has invited criticism by citizens, as well as artists, journalists and [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian singers perform at historic ‘Persian Night’ in Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula

The reason many are calling the two-night event in al-Ula as historic is as many of the Iranian singers taking the stage in Saudi Arabia. (Al Arabiya)  March 6, 2020 Fans were treated to the first of a two-night concert being described as historic on Thursday as Iranian singing legends like Andy and [...]

By |March 6th, 2020|Arts, Saudi Arabia|

Award-winning Iran filmmaker summoned to prison for films

Director Mohammad Rasoulof as he arrives for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP) March 5, 2020 An Iranian filmmaker who just won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear has been summoned to serve a one-year prison sentence over his movies, his lawyer said Wednesday. Mohammad Rasoulof's sentence [...]

By |March 5th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Defiant Iranian directors speak out about censorship, onscreen and off

Director Mohammad Rasoulof as he arrives for the Un Certain Regard prize ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP) By Sara Aridi March 3, 2020 When “There Is No Evil,” the new drama by the celebrated Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, it was a bittersweet moment for [...]

By |March 3rd, 2020|Arts, Iran|