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European Cultural Centers in Tehran

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

There are many European cultural centers in Tehran belonging to different embassies many of them are involved in language teachings here. Among these one shines with destination in my book as they truly do a lot of hard work in promoting culture. They arrange poetry readings, they invite writers and others to speak about their books/works, and they also arrange musical evenings. I have been to some of the musical evenings and they have been simple in presentation yet great in content and value. All it takes for you to go to these events is to be member. This can easily be arranged and then they will send you their events announcement by post or via the net. It is none other than Austrian Cultural Center (Markaz Farhangi Autrish), and recently we had a pleasure of attending a jazz concert there.

The center had invited a string quartette group. Live music is for me always something else. I feel somehow my heart becomes alive and lightens up. The Auris Quartette performed lovely pieces, from Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak. The program ran well beyond the scheduled time, as the audience was music thirsty and the performers were so unusually kind and obliging. The commotion and feelings that ran within me reminded me of my university days, when every Wednesday lunch I would dash for the Mathematics Common Room to enjoy the lunch time concert by the local String Quartet in Colchester.

May be, since we don't have such opportunities so often, we appreciate them more and the sense of enjoyment goes further and deeper. My heartfelt thanks goes always to the organizers who do a great job with such a limited budget and in true sense promote universal art and culture here.

... Payvand News - 6/16/03 ... --

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