Tehran, 15 September 2005 (CHN) - Iran is one of the countries taking an active part in events foreseen for Paris week of foreign cultures from 26 September to 2 October.
The week is organized by the forum of foreign cultural institutes in Paris (FICEP), bringing together some 38 cultural centers and institutes. "Etrangement Proche" (strangely close) is the theme of this year's event, which will be its 4th edition held.
Iran takes part in the event with two programs. The first program which will start on 27 September consists of an exhibition of 72 pictures taken during the recent Iran's presidential election campaign, and an exhibition of media, Iranian cultural attaché in Paris, Hojjatollah Ayubi, told CHN.
Another program is holding Rumi day in Iran's cultural center in Paris. An exhibition of paintings about Rumi by a French painter, seminars on Iranian culture, and a photo exhibition with the subject of the world-famous poet, are parts of the programs foreseen for Rumi day.
Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Rumi, also known as Mawlana (1207-1273 CE), is a Persian poet famous all around the world for his mystic sufi words, focused on unity, and the longing to reunite with the primal root. His major work Masnavi Manavi is still a favorite among not only Iranians but many people around the world, even becoming a best seller in the US.
This week's programs coincide with another program from Iran in Palais de la Decouverte of Paris called "Iran; from Sky to the Earth" with an exhibition of astronomy pictures, conferences on the situation of science in Iran, video arts, and slide shows, and an exhibition of publications on the subject of astronomy. The festival will be opened on 27 September 2005.
According to Ayubi, Iran's cultural center in Paris is one of the most active of the city. Some 200 cultural programs held during last year, has helped "create a nice cultural image of Iran among the Parisians," he added.
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