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.

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|

Iranian rebel actress under attack

Mahnaz Afshar, Iranian actress and celebrity. (Supplied) By Niloufar Rostami December 21, 2019 Photographs of Iranian actress Mahnaz Afshar have been removed from posters advertising her new film in retaliation for her agreeing to be a judge in a talent contest broadcast from outside the country, and for her continued support for human rights. Soon after [...]

By |December 21st, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian artists speak up against deadly crackdown of protests

Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) December 16, 2019 Prominent Iranian artists, inside and outside the country, have reacted to the brutal crackdown of recent protests in Iran. Actors, directors, and musicians have been speaking up [...]

By |December 17th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Rap song blasting Iran regime brutality becomes hugely popular

Soroush Lashkari a pioneer in Iranian rap is known as Hichkas. (Supplied) December 14, 2019 A rap song by dissident Iranian rapper Hichkas (Nobody) released on the Internet on December 10 in commemoration of November protests in Iran has become so popular that lines from its lyrics are now widely quoted by social [...]

By |December 14th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

In sympathy with mourning Iranians film director not celebrating 80th birthday

Dariush Mehrjui (C) Iranian film director, screenwriter, producer, May2012. (MEHR) December 9, 2019 Dariush Mehrjui, a prominent Iranian film director says he is not celebrating his 80th birthday today as a sign of sympathy with fellow Iranians who are mourning the victims of the November protests. "I'm sad and despondent because of the [...]

By |December 9th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Exiled actress Farahani decries ‘massacre’ in Iran

Iranian actress and singer Golshifteh Farahani attends the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. (AFP) December 7, 2019 Exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has condemned what she called a “massacre” in her homeland, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly protests. Farahani, Iran’s first actress to star in a [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

Iranian short film ‘Worth’ shot in Pakistan bags big wins

A still from the Iranian short film "Worth" that was shot in Pakistan. (Screen grab) November 25, 2019 In the opening sequence of Meelad Moaphie’s “Worth”, we are introduced to Darya, baby Ali and their father, Hamid, before the three set out for safer pastures against a backdrop recognizable by many in Pakistan, [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|Arts, Pakistan|

What a new film gets right about the Iranian hostage crisis

An undamaged helicopter sits on the ground behind the charred remains of a second U.S. helicopter in the Iranian desert of Dasht-e-Kavir, on April 26, 1980. The site was where a U.S. effort to rescue hostages held in Tehran was abandoned. (AP) By Arash Azizi November 16, 2019 The specter of history looms [...]

By |November 16th, 2019|Arts, North America, USA|