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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.

Female Iranian filmmaker jailed since 2018 sentenced to 10 years in prison

Iranian filmmaker Maryam Ebrahimvand, undated. (VOA) November 9, 2020 An Iranian filmmaker jailed since 2018 for her work and criticism of the government has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after going on a hunger strike and attempting suicide in recent months in response to her predicament, according to a knowledgeable source. [...]

By |November 9th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Women|

Iran’s #MeToo movement makes waves in Toronto as calls mount for festival to cut ties with celebrated artist

Aydin Aghdashloo, an internationally acclaimed artist with ties to the ruling elite, faces accusations of sexual misconduct over a 30-year span. (Social Media) By Shanifa Nasser November 05, 2020 Accusations of sexual assault against one of Iran's most celebrated visual artists are making waves in Toronto's Iranian community — with many saying they represent [...]

By |November 5th, 2020|Arts, North America, Women|

Iranian drag queen Amir Vashtani’s life gets documentary treatment

A scene of an Iranian movie "Khoraman" directed by Arash Eshaghi. (Supplied) October 31, 2020 The life story of a man who built his entire life and world on dancing in women's clothing is getting the cinematic treatment. Although it is not illegal to dance in Iran the vague laws around "indecent" acts [...]

By |October 31st, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Shajarian’s memorial destroyed in Mashhad

Mohammad Reza Shajarian memorial carved in Mashhad Mellat Park. (Twitter) October 28, 2020 The trunk of a tree in Mashhad Mellat Park, on which a young artist had carved a portrait of the late legendary vocalist, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, has been cut down. A local journalist, Farzaneh Ebrahimzadeh, posted photos of the trunk on [...]

By |October 28th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

A #MeToo awakening stirs in Iran

Aydin Aghdashloo, an internationally acclaimed artist with ties to the ruling elite, faces accusations of sexual misconduct over a 30-year span. (Social Media) By Farnaz Fassihi October 24, 2020 Three years into the global #MeToo movement, women who say they have been sexually assaulted are improbably going public in the Islamic Republic of [...]

By |October 24th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Women|

Iranian musicians help out in secret on Israeli singer’s new record

Liraz Charhi created the album by using encrypted instant-messaging apps and by wiring money through third countries. (Record cover) By Oliver Holmes October 17, 2020 An Israeli singer of Persian heritage is set to release an album she made by working in secret with Iranian musicians, her long-held aspiration for artistic collaboration despite bitter [...]

By |October 17th, 2020|Arts, Israel|

Legendary Iranian singer Shajarian buried beside epic ancient poet

The master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian. (ISNA) October 10, 2020 Legendary Iranian signer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian was buried on Saturday alongside the tomb of the ancient poet Abul Qasem Ferdowsi in the northeast of the country, state news agency IRNA reported. A national treasure in his homeland, the “Ostad” – master [...]

By |October 10th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iran protesters chant ‘death to dictator’ after death of renowned musician Shajarian

Iranian people outside Tehran’s Jam hospital chant "death to the dictator", in one video shared on social media. (Twitter) October 9, 2020 A gathering of fans of the late Iranian composer and singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian in the capital Tehran outside the hospital where he died turned into an anti-government protest Thursday evening, with demonstrators [...]

By |October 9th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Persian music master Shajarian who backed Iran protests dies

The master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian. (ISNA) October 08, 2020 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whose distinctive voice quavered to traditional Persian music on state radio for years before supporting protesters following Iran’s contested 2009 election, has died, state TV reported Thursday. He was 80. Shajarian enlivened Iran’s traditional music with his [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

How filmmaker Khosrow Sinai uncovered the hidden history of Polish refugees in Iran

Khosrow Sinai was 1st Iranian film director to win an international prize after the 1979 revolution. (Supplied) By Aga Sablinska October 08, 2020 Having left by force, choice, or because of the redrawing of borders, Poland’s history of violence and upheaval has led to the scattering of the Polish diaspora across the world. Some [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|Arts, Europe|