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 musician brutalized by Tehran hopes Grammys will save him: ‘My last chance’

Jailed Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian refuses to stop playing. (Fox News) By David Brennan September 17, 2021 Iranian dissident musician Mehdi Rajabian has been blacklisted, imprisoned, and suppressed by the regime in Tehran for making music it deems unacceptable. Despite it all, the 31-year-old is releasing a new album—one he warns could be [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran arrests rapper who blasted ‘regime apologists’: Rights group

Iran earlier this week arrested Iran-based rapper Toomaj Salehi, who openly criticizes the regime. (Screengrab) September 17, 2021 Iran earlier this week arrested an Iranian rapper who openly criticized the regime, its “apologists” abroad, and the status quo in the country in his songs. Security forces arrested Toomaj Salehi at his home in [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Young people prosecuted in Dezful for guitar-playing video

Iranian women and girls were banned from playing music and singing solo after the Islamic Revolution. (IranWire) September 13, 2021 A group of young people in Dezful, Khuzestan are being prosecuted for taking part in a music video. The Sol-la music group, which includes children, released a video several days ago in which [...]

By |September 13th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s controversial spy thriller series ‘Gando’ back on TV

A scene from the controversial television series Gando, which is an Iranian alligator species. (Social Media) September 8, 2021 Loathed by Iran’s moderates, television spy series “Gando” with its plots mirroring the headlines has gone back on air since ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi’s election victory. Named after a local species of crocodile known [...]

By |September 8th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Officials panic over ‘abnormal behavior’ at underground gigs in Iran

Some female singers organize underground concerts through friends and acquaintances to free their voices from “house arrest”. (IranWire) By Behnam Gholipour September 8, 2021 In the eyes of Iran’s ruling clerics, music, the arts and youth culture are among the permanent prime suspects in fostering what they perceive to be “deviance” in society, [...]

By |September 8th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

‘I saw death, I saw love’: Artist’s secret testament to life in Iran

Hadieh Shafie working in her New York studio in 2021. (ROBERT J FAGAN) By Jenny Valentish August 30, 2021 When Hadieh Shafie needs to stay focused, she plays music by rap and hip-hop band Run-DMC. The process of rolling paper strips in her studio and pulling them outwards into colourful conic spikes, is [...]

By |August 30th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iranian artists blast ‘illiterate Stalinist’ new Minister of Culture

Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the new Iranian Ministry of Culture. (Supplied) By Pouyan Khoshhal August 28, 2021 On Wednesday, August 25, the Iranian parliament gave its vote of confidence to Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, President Ebrahim Raisi’s pick for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Raisi’s choice was greeted with anger and dismay by [...]

By |August 28th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iranian refugee artist ‘trapped’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan

Dissident artist Homayoon Zarian fled Iran after spending more than a year in jail and ended up living as an asylum seeker in Afghanistan for seven years. (IranWire) By Daniel Dayan August 24, 2021 Asylum law in Afghanistan was never ratified by the Afghan parliament before the Taliban’s takeover in mid-August. The only [...]

By |August 24th, 2021|Afghanistan, Arts|

Iran’s art community fears ‘Stalin era’ under Raisi

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing-in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 5, 2021. (AFP) August 20, 2021 Iran "is no Stalin-era Soviet Union," read a statement issued by Iran's National Union of Theater Directors, addressing Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the proposed minister of culture in the new administration of hard-line President Ebrahim [...]

By |August 20th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Film directors blame Khamenei for Iran’s COVID death-toll

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wearing a protective face mask, attends a meeting in Tehran, April 14, 2021. (AP) August 14, 2021 Two leading Iranian filmmakers, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, have published a video featuring clips of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaking on the Covid-19 pandemic, including his ban on United States and British-made [...]

By |August 14th, 2021|Arts, Iran|