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Kiarostami poetry album published
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Kiarostami poetry album published

(Persia Digest) – Abbas Kiarostami was not only a great film producer, but he was also an adept photographer of nature and a capable encapsulating poet. An album of his poems accompanied by music has now been released, entitled “Escaping boredom” produced by Farshad Khoshnoud.

Yazdanian wins Best Soundtrack in Sweden
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Yazdanian wins Best Soundtrack in Sweden

Peyman Yazdanian, Iranian composer, has won the best soundtrack award for the Film “Only Men Go to The Grave” at the Malmo Arab Film Festival 2017. The film is directed by Emirati director Abdulla Al Kaabi and is Yazdanian’s first experience in composing a soundtrack working with an Arab producer.  

Festival of Iranian films in Pakistan
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Festival of Iranian films in Pakistan

A “Festival of Iranian Films” opened on Monday night, 11 December 2017, in the Pakistani capital Islamabad at the Pakistan National Arts Foundation (PNCA), by Maryam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mahdi Honardoust, and a number of cinema lovers.  

BAFTA-winner Arnalds in Tehran
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BAFTA-winner Arnalds in Tehran

The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and BAFTA-winner, Ólafur Arnalds, has traveled to Iran at the invitation of “Emarat-e Ru-be-Ru” concert hall and met with a great audience of Iranian fans. Ólafur Arnalds, musician and composer, plays the piano, drums, and guitar in the neo-classic genre and plays his compositions mostly on the piano.  

Persian poet Molana rememberd in Konya
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Persian poet Molana rememberd in Konya

The great Persian poet and Sufi, Molana, is buried in Konya, Turkey, where his death is commemorated every year in mid-December with special programs of Sama Sufi whirling and music played with the nay and tambour. This year, the commemoration will be accompanied with the 4th International Conference on Molana Jalaluddin Balkhi. The event will be attended by the dignitaries and researchers worldwide at the Selçuk University of Konya in Turkey.  

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German Schiller Group Concert in Tehran

2017/11/14

The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time. Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.  

Iran, US should opt long term relations

2017/10/22

In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.

Cooking Tour for Persian dishes

2017/08/16

Two young girls by the names of Shirin Tahanan and Matin Lashkari are the initiators of a delicious cooking tour in Tehran. Shirin cooks and Matin organizes the tour.  

New find in Persepolis

2017/08/20

The newly discovered gates in Persepolis will soon be turned into a museum site once all the protective and safety measures have been completed.

UK invests Euros 1.8BN in Iran to fight cancer

2017/10/24

The Iranian Ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, has announced the signing of an MoU between the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran and the UK’s IGH International Hospitals Group who are a leading, independent healthcare services company.   

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Award winning Iranian short films

2017/12/13

While the international “Cinema Vérité” film festival is running in Tehran, good news is also reaching the capital about the success of Iranian short films in other countries.  

Rouhani: Dialogue will solve Islamic world problems

2017/12/13

In an extraordinary summit of OIC member states in Istanbul, the Iranian President said: “Iran is ready to cooperate with all Islamic countries to defend Al Quds with no preconditions.”  

East (music)

2017/12/13

Artist: Alan Kushan [Where are they now] Album: Par [Feather] Genre: Experimental/Fusion Year: 2009   (Persia Digest) – “East” from the “Par” album is an experimental combination of eastern music, especially from Iran and India, where the dulcimer and tabla feature prominently as the ambassadors of two cultures.

China ready to invest in oil and petrochemicals in Iran

2017/12/13

Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh, met for talks with Wang Yang Gao, Chief of China’s International Chamber of Commerce yesterday. At the meeting, Yang Gao pointed out the extensive trade ties between Iran and China, and stated: “China needs energy resources and our old friend, Iran, is rich in these resources. This can help expand ties between the two countries.”

Golestan turns down “Cahiers du Cinéma”

2017/12/13

The Iran Film Week will kick off in Paris next week, organized by “Cahiers du Cinéma” editor and film critique Jean-Michel Frodon. A lack of invitation to Masoud Kimiaei, however, prompted Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan to turn down an invitation to the film week.