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.

Iranian asylum seeker singer stuck in limbo on divided Cyprus

Iranian singer Omid Tootian, 46, gestures during an interview at a coffee shop in the UN-controlled buffer zone in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on September 23, 2020. (AFP) September 28, 2020 Dissident Iranian singer Omid Tootian has for days been sleeping in a tent in the buffer zone of the world’s last divided [...]

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

With spy series ‘Tehran,’ Israelis reach out to an enemy

This image released by Apple TV+ shows Niv Sultan as Tamar Rabinyan in a scene from "Tehran." (AP) By Mark Kennedy September 25, 2020 Things are not as they seem in the new Apple TV+ series “Tehran” — as it should be in a spy thriller. The series opens with a commercial flight from [...]

By |September 25th, 2020|Arts, Israel|

Filmmaker’s appeal quashed as Iranian authorities target wife and son

Mohammad Nourizad during a hunger strike in the past. Undated. (Social Media) By Niloufar Rostami September 24, 2020 On Tuesday, September 22, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, the lawyer acting for detained journalist and documentary filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, announced on Twitter that his client’s appeal had been “instantaneously” overruled at a court in Mashhad. The 67-year-old [...]

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

A cat on stage leads to banning a play in Tehran

Mohammad Rahmanian, Iranian writer and theater Director, undated. (Supplied) September 23, 2020 The presence of a cat in a play staged in Tehran by the prominent Iranian director Mohammad Rahmanian has unleashed the country's censorship authorities to ban the production. The six-episode play, "Love in Days of Corona [virus]," starring Mahtab Nasirpour, Sima [...]

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

Iranian maestro blasts artists serving politics

The master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian. (ISNA) September 22, 2020 Artists at the "service of politics" are "despicable and untalented" individuals longing for power, the master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian recently claimed. In an interview conducted several years ago, but published by pro-reform daily Sharq (Orient) Wednesday, [...]

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

First two longlists including Iranian announced for National Book Awards

The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree. (Supplied) September 17, 2020 Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people's literature works that appear on the longlist for the National Book Awards. In the translation category, the 10 nominated books originate everywhere from the Middle East to Scandinavia [...]

By |September 17th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Celebrated artists and authors join online campaign to free imprisoned Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Urgent call for international show of solidarity to free lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (#FreeNasrin) as she begins the fifth week of hunger strike. (Social Media) September 15, 2020 Prominent global artists and authors have united in an impassioned call to free the renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is imprisoned in Iran for [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Women|

Iranian director calls Venice premiere ‘like a new life’

Sun Children demonstrates the capabilities and humanity of these children, Majid wrote in its director’s statement. (Supplied) September 09, 2020 Restricted travel, quarantine and positive COVID-19 tests meant that Majid Majidi’s appearance at the Venice Film Festival for Iranian drama “Sun Children” (Khorshid) was an achievement in itself. The film follows the story [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Venice festival showcases plight of street children in Iran, world

Director Majid Majidi and actors Shamila Shirzad and Javad Ezzati at 77th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 6, 2020. (REUTERS) September 7, 2020 It took Majid Majidi four months and nearly 4,000 auditions to find the dynamic street children stars of “Khorshid” (Sun Children), the Iranian director’s latest movie which premiered [...]

By |September 7th, 2020|Arts, Europe|

Iranian-American Siah Armajani, sculptor of communal spaces, dies at 81

Many of Siah Armajani’s public works took the form of fully functional bridges, including the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge in Minneapolis, which spans an interstate highway. (Walker Art Center) By Holland Cotter September 05, 2020 Siah Armajani, an Iranian-born American artist whose architecturally scaled, politically inflected public sculptures have been internationally influential, even [...]

By |September 5th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|