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.

Maz Jobrani: Just Iranian American

Jobrani made a name for himself as a great communicator about Middle Eastern issues and people. (Fairfax County Times) By Hanan Daqqa January 27, 2020 Maz Jobrani, the “just Iranian American” comedian and actor loves the Kennedy Center and D.C. and, obviously, they love him back. His latest Netflix special “Immigrant” was filmed [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran’s annual film festival on verge of collapse after boycott by movie stars

Initially launched in 1982, the International Fajr (Dawn) film festival takes place every year on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (Getty) January 25, 2020 The major annual film festival in the Islamic Republic is on the brink of collapse after more than a hundred Iranian stars and artists decided to boycott it [...]

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

Prominent actress under pressure for boycotting government’s festival

Cast member Taraneh Alidoosti poses on the red carpet ahead of the screening for the film "Forushande" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 21, 2016. (REUTERS) By Niloufar Rostami January 24, 2020 Iranian cinema star Taraneh Alidoosti has been summoned to the Culture and Media Prosecutor's Office on charges of [...]

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

Iranian celebrities lend their star power to protests

Iranians students demonstrate following a tribute for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 in front of the Amirkabir University in the capital Tehran. (AFP) January 21, 2020 Iranian artists, athletes, and media personalities have lent their voices to anti-government protests in the country over the accidental downing of a passenger plane [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Two Italian stage directors decide to stay away from Iran government festival

A poster of FAJR international theater festival showcasing Romeo Castellucci (L) and Eugenio Barba Italian stage directors. (Supplied) January 20, 2020 Two prominent Italian stage directors have decided not to participate in the Islamic Republic's annual Fajr Theater Festival, after Iranian artists urged them to stay away. The organizers of the 38th Fajr [...]

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

Prominent Iranian filmmakers arrested

At least sixty theater companies have declared a boycott of the Fajr Theater Festival. (Fajr Film Festival) By Niloufar Rostami January 15, 2020 At least three Iranian filmmakers were arrested on the night of January 12 after they had taken part in demonstrations held in Tehran’s Azadi Square, sources have told IranWire. The three have [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iran film, theater, music artists, broadcasters boycott state TV, festivals

Iranians light candles for victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 as they protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, 11 January 2020. (EPA-EFE) January 14, 2020 An increasing number of Iranian filmmakers, performing artists, and musicians have been boycotting an annual state sponsored festival as Iran is overwhelmed by [...]

By |January 14th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Shahla Riahi, actress and Iran’s first female director, dies at 92

Iran's well-known actress and the country's 1st female director Shahla Riahi. (IRNA) January 02, 2019 Veteran Iranian theater, cinema and television actress, Shahla Riahi, who was also the county's first female director, has passed away at the age of 92. Riahi's son confirmed to IRNA news agency that his mother had died on Tuesday [...]

By |January 2nd, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian protesters adopt anthem of their own

Soroush Lashkari a pioneer in Iranian rap is known as Hichkas. (Supplied) December 27, 2019 Every protest movement and revolution has an anthem and poetry of its own. Think of “La Marseillaise” of the French Revolution, the “Internationale” of socialist uprisings and revolutions across Europe and Russia and leftist, nationalist and Islamist anthems [...]

By |December 27th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian artists, writers ask Italian directors to stay away from government festival

Iranians arrive at the Mellat Cinema Complex in the capital Tehran during the 37th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, Feb. 3, 2019. (AFP) December 25, 2019 A group of prominent Iranian writers, poets, playwrights, and actors have asked two Italian stage directors to stay away from the Islamic Republic's official Fajr drama [...]

By |December 25th, 2019|Arts, Europe|