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.

New Israeli espionage TV series tackles shadow war with Iran

Actress Esti Yerushalmi, a cast member in "Tehran" speaks in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel’s latest hit TV series takes its viewers straight into the heart of the country’s archenemy Iran, June 21, 2020. (AP) June 27, 2020 Israel’s latest hit TV series takes the viewers straight into the heart of the country’s archenemy [...]

By |June 27th, 2020|Arts, Isreal|

Actress Taraneh Alidoosti sentenced to five months in prison

Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent Iranian film and television actress. (Supplied) June 25, 2020 Taraneh Alidoosti, a prominent film and television actress, has been sentenced to five months in prison on charges of "insulting law enforcement." The sentence has been deferred for two years. Giso Faghfouri, a veteran arts and culture journalist, tweeted the [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Writers, artists in Iran issue call for freedom of speech, warning of ‘social collapse’

The poster of a banned Iranian film being pulled down in Tehran. October 2019. All books, films and music must be approved by censors. (Supplied) June 24, 2020 Referring to continued suppression of freedom of expression in the Islamic Republic, more than 300 Iranian writers, artists, academics, civil society activists, and journalists have [...]

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

Marjan, Iranian actress and singer who became symbol of rebellion, dies at 71

Marjan performs in Paris in 2018. (/Media Express) By Matt Schudel June 15, 2020 Marjan, a popular singer and actress in pre-revolutionary Iran who, after being imprisoned by the country’s Islamic authorities in the 1980s, lent her voice to the cause of political freedom in her homeland, died June 6 at a hospital in [...]

By |June 15th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer reportedly detained after posting romantic Instagram photos

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy. (Social Media) May 20, 2020 Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy has been detained, his brother said on May 18. Japalaghy reportedly said in a video posted before his arrest that he had been summoned by security officials just days after he posted photos and [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

A tribute fit for a king: Shadow theatre reworking of Persian epic goes digital

For the past 12 years, Hamid Rahmanian has devoted his creative energies to bringing the Shahmaneh to new audiences. (IranWire) By Hannah Somerville May 16, 2020 The great Persian poet Abolgasem Ferdowsi died 1,000 years ago today. Like many of the best-known quotes attributed to Ferdowsi, these lines issue forth from his literary magnum [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Coronavirus returns long-banned drive-in movies to Iran

Men wearing protective suits disinfect cars against coronavirus while people enter a new drive-in cinema for watching a movie on a car parking area in Tehran, May 1, 2020. (AP) May 6, 2020 The new coronavirus pandemic has brought back something unseen in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution: a drive-in movie theater. [...]

By |May 6th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian turns confinement into creativity with his first virtual exhibition

Firouz Farmanfarmaian left Iran aged four when his family moved to Spain because of the revolution. (Supplied) By Denise Marray April 28, 2020 When multidisciplinary artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian went into lockdown at his studio in Marbella, Spain, in March, he didn’t realize his time in confinement would be a period of intense creativity [...]

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

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|