The eight edition of the IRAN:CI Film Festival is to be held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from January 15 to 26 with the cooperation of Farsi Cinema Center (FCC) to commemorate Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Ali Talebi by screening 30 feature, short and documentary films.
The largest festival of story-telling by grandmothers is to be held in the city of Meshkin Shahr, northwestern Iran entitled ‘Festival of Khan Naneh Naghili’ with the aim of promoting the old tradition of grandparents telling their children stories.
Deputy for handicrafts at the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran has said: “Currently, Iran leads the world with eight craft cities and two villages. China comes next with six craft cities and villages, and Chile is third with four craft cities and villages.
Ali-Reza Akhlaghi is a 24-year-old Iranian photographer who won the first rank of Wikipedia’s world photography competition in 2018 called “Moments Loves Wiki” with his picture from the ceiling of Isfahan’s Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.
Hosna Parsa is a young Iranian musician who entered music school when she was 10 and started her musical activities in Vahdat Hall when she was 16. She later joined the Neiriz ensemble led by Maliheh Saeedi. It was then that she was invited to a festival in Austria and played the tonbak and kamancheh as her second musical instruments.
Recently, an exhibition of 30 paintings of Jesus Christ, Imam Zaman (the 12th and last Imam of the Shiites) and works inspired by Persian miniature with a modern feel were publicly displayed in Tehran.
I walk in the back alleys of Jolfa towards Vank Cathedral. As I get closer to the Cathedral, the crowds of Muslim Iranians and Christian Armenian-Iranians grow larger as they surround Vank like a group hug.
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.”