Enameling in Isfahan is an art with a 5000-year history and is currently performed on copper. In the old days, it was done on gold and silver. This art is a combination of fire and soil combined with the art of painting to create exquisite designs. Enameling is also old among other nations. The Persian enamel is said to have gone from Iran to other countries once researchers had adapted Byzantine enamel to the Persian enamel.
The first Italian edition of Bustan of Sa’di of Shiraz has been translated by Carlo Saccone, Iranologist and professor of Persian Literature at Bologna University, and published by Centro Essad Bey-Amazon IP, Seattle 2018.
The art of silver beating (toreutics) is one of the traditional Iranian metalwork handicrafts which dates back to several thousand years ago to the era of the Scythians who were of Aryan origin. No evidence has been found yet on the origins of silver beating. However, many silverware artworks with more than 3,000 years of age have been discovered so far including the gold Marlik Cup and Hassanlou Cup.
Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance who is responsible for giving concert permits has issued a notification about the suspension of the activities of concert organizers for well-known pop singer Hamid Askari.
Vancouver City Council has included Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) in its calendar to recognize the spiritual heritage of its Iranian and other dual nationality residents who celebrate the first day of spring.
After forty days of excavations on Bozrudpay mound in Babol, northern Iran, archaeologists have found an adult human skeleton in the fetal position buried next to a clay oven belonging to the Bronze Age (2000 BCE).
The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization has announced that two other bust rock reliefs of Achaemenid soldiers have been found, saying: “We found out that two other bust rock reliefs similar to the one returned to Iran also exist. We are presently doing the paperwork for their return. One of them has now been accurately traced.”
An Iranian expert of international affairs believes: “The main challenges of Iran’s foreign policy in the next Iranian calendar year has more domestic than international roots, particularly in economic issues and increasing poverty.”
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
A sociologist in Iran believes: “State domination on the public sphere and preventing interactions between individuals has deprived Iranian society of public rejoicing. With emphasis by government on the sad side of religion, the opportunity to strengthen the collective spirit through religion has also been eliminated.”