The Sahnameh Researchers and Narrators Society has designed the first Badge of Honor named after ‘Gordafarid’ – a Shahnameh Heroine – for prominent Iranian women. Leili Afshar, prominent guitar player, will be the first woman to receive the Badge of Honor.
The prominent Iranian film director, Abbas Kiarostami was remembered on National Cinema Day in a documentary on his life screened at the Cinema Museum, attended by Iranian artists, and ambassadors and representatives from a number of countries.
This year, the 74th Venice Film Festival presented the ‘New Horizons’ awards for best director and best actor to Vahid Jalilvand and Navid Mohammadzadeh for directing and acting in ‘No Date, No Signature’.
Orhan Pamuk is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. In his latest interview with Slate Magazine he speaks of how he was inspired by the Shahnameh Book of Kings by Ferdowsi and Oedipus the King by Sophocles when writing his new novel The Red-Haired Woman.
The whole thing started following a visit by Mozaffar al-Din Shah, a king from the Qajar dynasty, to France in 1900. His majesty was apparently dazzled by the astonishing movements of light and pictures that were projected onto a white curtain in a Paris hall.
The 6th Iran International Green Film Festival which is a cultural event dedicated to the preservation of the environment will begin on September 9th in Cinema Felestine and Saba Cultural Institute, Tehran.
Following his European tour, Kayhan Kalhor, the prominent player of string instrument Kamancheh, played with the Rembrandt Trio at the Ministry of the Interior Hall in Tehran on the 5-6 September and was met with a large audience.
The closing ceremony for the 18th Traditional and Ritual Theater Festival has been held, and the ‘Kheymeh Shab Bazi’ puppets will spend the next two years in their chest, waiting for the next festival. Meanwhile, a Tekkieh (stage for traditional and ritualistic drama) in Tehran for performing traditional Iranian drama is dearly missed.
The house of Mokkarameh Qanbari, the Iranian self-taught painter, becomes a museum. She began painting her fantasies in middle-age on the walls of her home in a village in northern Iran and came to be known as Iran’s Marc Chagall.
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.”
An expert of Iran’s housing market believes: “Iranians will spend a larger amount of their money to buy property in other countries and survive political and economic risks if dollar fluctuations increase in the next Iranian calendar year (to start on 21 March 2019).”
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.
An Iranian professor of economics believes: “During the next Iranian calendar year (1398 HS), there will be severe price hikes on the forex and goods markets; considering the highly possible intervention of security and government forces in potential social and economic unrests, security will be intensified.”
The CEO of the Performing Arts in Iran has announced that traveling theater troupes will soon leave for flood damaged areas to help cheer up the residents, especially the children, who have been caught up in the disaster.