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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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 “Shirtology” and the dialogue of old T-shirts

“Shirtology” and the dialogue of old T-shirts

“Shirtology” is the name of a play from France which will be on stage at the Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran. It is a minimalist performance which is presented by using T-shirts with logos, taglines, icons, and images printed on them, revealed one by one to connect with the audience through illustrations and music.

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Iran’s Theater hosts French plays

Iran’s Theater hosts French plays

This year’s Fajr International Theater Festival in Iran is hosting various groups from around the world, and French theater companies will be staging a number of innovative plays, including “Shirtology” by Jérôme Bel, and a play by Jassem Hindi.

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“Sa’di and Petrarch” forum in Iran and Italy

“Sa’di and Petrarch” forum in Iran and Italy

A forum entitled “Sa’di and Petrarch” will be held in Tehran, Shiraz, Rome, and Bologna next year. Sa’di Day is celebrated on 21 April 2018 in Shiraz. A second day of acknowledgment for this renowned 13th century poet will also take place mid-September at the Sapienza University of Rome and Bologna University.  

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Tehran Symphony Orchestra in Rome

Tehran Symphony Orchestra in Rome

Tehran Symphony Orchestra has performed in the Santa Maria Church in Rome with the World Youth Orchestra. The same concert will be performed in Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on 7 December 2017.  

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Iranian world carpet artist

Iranian world carpet artist

One of the best-known artists of the Iranian handwoven carpet is Khajeh Ghias-e Din Naghshband Yazdi. A seminar in his honor was held at the Iran Art Center on 4 December 2017. The seminar was called “Design and Designer” and it was organized to learn more about this artist. A large number of researchers handed in their papers on the subject.  

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An Iranian promenade in Golestan

An Iranian promenade in Golestan

The Golestan Palace is a kingly residence built in the Qajar Era, where a cultural-research exhibition is being staged from 16 September called ‘An Iranian Promenade’.  

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