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Directors of Edinburgh festival and Visiting Arts Institute visit Iran

TEHRAN, Nov. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Jonathan Mills and head of Britain's Visiting Arts Institute Nelson Fernandez, who are currently in Iran, watched several plays in Tehran's theater halls on Saturday.

They began with plays staged in the Molavi Hall and the Bahman and Niavaran cultural centers, and they are also scheduled to watch a tazieh (Iranian passion play) which is to be performed in the Niavaran Tekyeh (place for ritual ceremonies) by professional artists, Director of the Center for Dramatic Arts, Hossein Parsaii told the Persian service of ISNA.

This trip was arranged to introduce Iran's theater to the British guests and provide the ground for future performances of Iranian plays in the next Edinburgh festival, Parsaii remarked.

"Mills and Fernandez held talks with several popular Iranian stage directors on Saturday at the venue of the center and Mills introduced the Edinburgh festival to the participants. He said that he is in Iran to select several Iranian plays for the next festival," Parsaii added.

Parsaii also went on to say that several Iranian top troupes will be performing for the visitors, and DVD copies of a selection of plays staged over the past few years will be given to them to watch.

Mills and Fernandez also paid a visit to the Fine Arts College of the University of Tehran on Sunday and held talks with theater students and their professors.

Each year in August, the Edinburgh International Festival stages one of the greatest celebrations of the arts, attracting audiences from around the world. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performances by internationally renowned artists.

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