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Downtism Café – A special café for special youngsters

Downtism Café – A special café for special youngsters

A small coffee shop with seven tables and walls covered in children’s warm, colorful paintings, a large organ in a corner played by the delicate hands of a boy and a singalong - I am happy and free and grateful - a few girls and boys in their blue and white uniforms serving the customers while accompanying the organ player with the sing-song, moving to the music, and smiling at you with faces looking alike as if they will never grow up… a few shaky hands behind the counter making coffee and serving chocolate cake. This is Downtism Café in the middle of Tehran which is run by girls and boys with down syndrome and autism.

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Alexander Vanouk plays pieces by Nader Mashayekhi

Alexander Vanouk plays pieces by Nader Mashayekhi

Speaking at the 3rd Contemporary Music Festival of Tehran (TCMF), Polish musician, Alexander Vanouk commented: “The TCMF is a very valuable event for me as it tries to gather around the contemporary music scene of Iran and the world to work on their favorite subject.”  

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Ludovico Einaudi concert opens in Tehran

Ludovico Einaudi concert opens in Tehran

Italian composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, is staging a week-long concert in Tehran, starting tonight. This is what he had to say on Iranian music: “I like Iranian music and have spent time listening to Iranian folk music.”  

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Oscar winner Piovani concert in Iran

Oscar winner Piovani concert in Iran

Nicola Piovani, Italian light-classical musician, theater, soundtrack composer, and winner of the 1998 Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar for the score of the Roberto Benigni film La Vita è bella (Life is beautiful), will be holding a concert in Iran on 25 April 2018.  

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Kitarō stages concert in Tehran

Kitarō stages concert in Tehran

Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, Kitarō, has arrived in Tehran for his latest concert.  

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Iran set to register dotar in Unesco

Iran set to register dotar in Unesco

Iran has been compiling files to register a number of its musical instruments with Unesco over the past year as intangible cultural heritages. It has finally decided to send the file for the “dotar” to this international organization. Two other countries may share the registration with Iran.

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Kerman folk music festival planned for May

Kerman folk music festival planned for May

The 11th Iranian Folk Music Festival will be held in Kerman from 1-4 May 2018. The program includes performances by music groups selected from provincial festivals, out of competition, pioneers of the genre, and instrumental music. Participants will have to send their works to the Festival Secretariat for selection.  

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Nowruz in Tajikistan with Persian music and sounds

Nowruz in Tajikistan with Persian music and sounds

As in Iran, Nowruz is an ancient national celebration in Tajikistan. A celebration holding the key to friendships and a revival of all nature. Persian poetry and songs hold a special place in the customs of Tajikistan. It is interesting to know that many Nowruz customs here are accompanied by murmurs of songs in Persian.  

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From live music to puppetry in the Artists Forum

From live music to puppetry in the Artists Forum

The Artists Forum in Tehran is holding its grand Spring festival from 22 March till 1 April as “Tehran – The city of arts”. The Festival has been arranged together with Tehran City Council for the Nowruz holidays. It includes exhibitions of visual arts, live classical Persian and international music, traditional plays, Naghali, and puppetry. The programs are from 16h00 to 22h00, 22 March-1 April 2018, at the Artists Forum.  

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