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4/11/06

The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards

Report from Europe by Darius KADIVAR

With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil’s of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World. It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® took an unprecedented initiative to supports, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. Thus it has created the Golden Persian Lioness Awards® which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages.


While The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media– WAALM® is the awarding body, the Golden Persian Lioness Awards® is the official title to its event. It is a mystic Golden Lioness with Wings, the origin of which goes back to Dariush the Great ‘s era (Emperor of Persia 521-486 BC). This legendary Lioness can be seen embossed on stone walls and its giant size figure used to be on the Royal Palace’s Columns at the sights of the Persepolis (The richest city under the sun in ancient Persia). By choosing this symbolic representation for our Awards we wish to express our attachment to our national identity but also express our deep desire to build a bridge between Artists Worldwide. WAALM® is also committed to expand its recognition to Persian Artists back home who are tirelessly striving to contribute to such a cultural dialogue.

Hungary and its beautiful, cultural and historical capital Budapest is not only the host city for the Awards but also one of the Award wining nations being honored and participating in all categories of our academy. WAALM ® will give full accommodation to the Awardees for their three-day stay visit that will include a tour of the city’s highlights and will culminate by the Awards Ceremony. The latter will be covered by our academy’s Media Partner KTV® a major broadcasting Hungarian company that will showcase the event to 300 000 Viewers.

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WAALM®
http://www.waalm.com/

 

About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, writer and film Editor of Namak Cultural Magazine in LA/USA. He operates as Paris based PR & Press for WAALM® 2nd annual Awards 2006.

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