The Annecy International Animation Festival is the most important one globally. This year, it is hosting five animations from Iran, entitled “The Elephant King”, “ Mr Deer”, “Run Rostam Run”, “Roobi and chickens”, and “The last fiction”.
Liana Sharifian, the Iranian folk musician and daughter of Mohsen Sharifian, the well-known folklore musician, introduced "Ney-anban” at the 33rd Ney-anban Festival in Spain by performing in several shows.
Jamshid Sharifi, the Iranian composer, won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for the musical, "The Band’s Visit". Jamshid Sharifi is an Iranian-American musician who has composed the soundtracks for films, such as “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “The Rugrats Movie”, “Harriet the Spy” and “Clockstoppers”.
An exhibition by Iranian artist Ahad Sa’di has opened in a commercial center in Istanbul. An introductory meeting was held on 9 June 2018 with Ahad Sa’di, the creative artist who has invented “Azarnegari” which, instead of using paint and paper, is the art of using fire to fuse pieces of fabric together to create a piece of art.
The Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin Day is celebrated on 6 June each year. Alexander Pushkin is a writer, poet, founder of contemporary literary language and a touchstone of Russian language and literature; as Sa'di and Ferdowsi are the touchstones of Persian language and literature.
Celebrity chef, author, and CNN presenter, Anthony Bourdain, committed suicide on Friday at the age of 61. The news of his death has been widely reported; Iranians have also reacted to the news on social media.
Iran and Tajikistan have cultural similarities, such as the special iftar white pastry in Ramadan. During the sacred month of Ramadan and on their iftar tables, Tajik fasting Muslims, same as in Hamadan in central Iran, start their iftar with an aromatic pastry called "Angosht Pich or Nishalah".
Cinema, theater and TV actor in Iran, Shahab Hosseini, has explained about his film studio in the States: “I registered a film studio two years ago under the name “Seven Skies Entertainment” to discover young talent in the cinema, theater, short film, documentary, and animation.”
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
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.
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.
Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”
In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.
Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”
Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.