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Khorasan Province culture at Europe’s doorstep
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Khorasan Province culture at Europe’s doorstep

At a meeting with the CEO of Khorasan Razavi Province’s Cultural Heritage Organization, the Iranian Ambassador to Georgia, Seyed Javad Ghavam Shahidi, said: “Khorasan Razavi Province in northeastern Iran enjoys a rich history and civilization which can prove to be of interest for the Georgians during the cultural organized on the subject in Tbilisi.”  

Choir from Iran tops Middle East list
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Choir from Iran tops Middle East list

Tehran’s choir group has made it to the top of the list as the best choir in the Middle East. Farzad Omidi, professor of music and member of “Tehran Avazi Choir”, said: “Competing in the 6th ChoirFest Middle East with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, and other countries, Iran was able to take the title and top award at the Festival. It was selected as the best choral group of 2018 and the Middle East.”  

“I am a hero” selected by Epic Game
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“I am a hero” selected by Epic Game

“I am a hero”, an animation produced by Guela Studios in 12 parts, has been selected by Epic Games and the production of its second season will soon begin. A member of the Guela Studios animation group, Alireza Shams, told Persia Digest: “I am a hero” is a set of animations 200 minutes long. It is that last work by Guela Studios and has been selected by the American company Epic Game as one of the best works produced using this company’s software.  

Nowruz celebration in three Tehran districts
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Nowruz celebration in three Tehran districts

Nowruz will be celebrated in three Tehran districts this year.The celebrations will be from 22 March to 1 April 2018 (1397 HS) in Tochal, northern Tehran from 10h00-12h00, Golestan Palace in central Tehran from 15h00-17h00, and the Persian Gulf Lake (Bamland Bridge) in western Tehran from 20h00-23h00 for Tehranis and holidaymakers.  

Nowruz in Kermanshah – The 5-day ruler
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Nowruz in Kermanshah – The 5-day ruler

Nowruz ceremonies in Kermanshah and surrounding areas, in western Iran, begin with spring cleaning and carpet cleaning. An old custom in Kermanshah is “shaking carpets”, when carpets are hung on bars on rooftops and the sound of brooms hit against the carpets is heard in all the back alleys of the city. Cleaning or “shaking carpets” is a big part of the spring cleaning which has been observed in Kermanshah from old times.  

Nowruz Khani among Lurs
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Nowruz Khani among Lurs

Nowruz in Luristan is one of the oldest ceremonies which starts in March with Nowruz Khani [singing Nowruz songs], which promises the coming of the spring. Nowruz Khans were educated and cultured people who rode their horses in the villages and sang songs about coming of the New Year and did this until the New Year’s Day. Some people gave them a bowl of wheat, money or eggs as gifts.  

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Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor

2018/01/06

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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Fahimeh Najmi - Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident

2018/04/24

Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.  

The first radio transmitter in Iran

2018/04/24

Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.  

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

2018/04/24

With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.  

Persian taught in 200 universities worldwide

2018/04/24

The Director of the center for Persian as a second language at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran has said: “Persian is being taught in 200 universities worldwide.”  

Zarif: Neither Iran nor Saudis can dominate Mideast

2018/04/24

Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.