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.

Why Iranian celebrities took a break from politics

Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini talks on stage after being awarded the Best Actor prize at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in Palais, May 22, 2016. (Getty) July 10, 2021 Celebrities have traditionally played an important role in Iran’s political sphere, calling on their supporters to vote for their favored candidates. But things [...]

By |July 10th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

The Islamic Republic’s assassin of intellectuals now languishes in prison

In the film, Khosro is a low-ranking employee of the Ministry of Intelligence whose mission is to kill intellectuals and writers. (IranWire) By Daniel Keyvanfer June 26, 2021 The story Manuscripts Do Not Burn, by Mohammad Rasulov, begins with a murder by Khosro, a low-ranking employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, whose mission it [...]

By |June 26th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Erratic censorship of instruments confounding musicians in Iran

Street musicians in Iran. Undated. (Supplied) By Pouyan Khoshhal June 17, 2021 For years, countless Iranian singers, pieces of music in live performances, female musicians and even music-themed broadcasts by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and other official departments have been scrubbed in Iran for no apparent reason. The censorship of images is [...]

By |June 16th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

A gallop through 5,000 years of Iranian art

The Horoscope of Iskandar Sultan, 1411, is on display at the V&A in London courtesy of the Wellcome Collection. (IranWire) By Robert Weinberg June 8, 2021 One of the early objects on show at the V&A’s Epic Iran exhibition is a tiny figurine of a person riding a horse, man and beast merged [...]

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

Niche services are connecting Iranian artists and listeners

Rasouli (pictured) says he would love to be on Spotify (itself not formally available in Iran), but instead puts his music online for nothing. (Mim Rasouli) May 31, 2021 The work of Mim Rasouli, a musician based near Tehran, is rich in Persian and Western influences. In “Fastalgia”, one of his best-known tunes, [...]

By |May 31st, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Politics still pack a punch(line) for Iranian-American comic

Stand-up comedian Maz Jobrani poses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 25, 2021. (AP) May 31, 2021 For Iranian-American Maz Jobrani, a stand-up show in Dubai marked the first time he’s been in front of a major live audience overseas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — and he feels it. “Doing [...]

By |May 31st, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

‘Epic Iran’ puts 5,000 years of artefacts on show at London’s V&A

Epic Iran, an exhibition soon to open at the V&A in London. (Reuters) May 26, 2021 From ancient sculptures to contemporary photographs, objects spanning 5,000 years of Iranian art, culture and design go on display at London's Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum this week in the first such major exhibition in Britain in 90 [...]

By |May 26th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

Iranian film director murdered by family in so-called ‘honor killing’

Babak Khorramdin was born in 1974 in Tehran and had worked in UK cinema for several years. (Supplied) May 20, 2021 The remains of an Iranian film director have been found after he was allegedly murdered and dismembered by his parents. Babak Khorramdin, who spent time working in London, was the victim of [...]

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

Iranian culture has huge depths and continues to be relevant today

A detail from Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid #3, 2008. (Estate of Shirin Aliabadi) By Rachel Cooke May 18, 2021 The drive from London to a certain nameless valley in rural Oxfordshire - a preposterously pretty realm of flint cottages, quaint pubs, willow trees and gentle hills - is always slightly unnerving. This part [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

Film director murdered by his parents in Tehran

Babak Khorramdin was born in 1974 in Tehran and had worked in UK cinema for several years. (Supplied) May 17, 2021 The mutilated body of Iranian film director Babak Khorramdin was discovered on the morning of Sunday, May 16 in a garbage bin in Ekbatan, a planned neighborhood in the west of Tehran. [...]

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