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Iran: Rumi week plans announced

TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's Rumi week will be held from October 26 to November 2 to commemorate the 800th birth anniversary of Rumi, Tehran Municipality Art and Cultural Department Deputy Director Majid Sarsangi announced during a press conference.

The "800 Years with Rumi" press conference was held on September 26 at the Honar Cultural Center to describe the cultural programs that will be implemented during Rumi week.

During the week, Rumi scholars will deliver lectures, painting and photo exhibitions will be held, four plays will be staged on the theme of Rumi, a Masnavi-reciting session will be held, and Afghan, Tajik, and Iranian bands will perform five concerts, Sarsangi added.

In addition, an international Rumi convention, in which scholars will present academic papers, will be held in Tehran, Khoy, and Tabriz, he explained.

He said that he is fully informed about Turkey's Rumi projects but Iran has a totally different viewpoint on the mystic poet's ideas.

One of the policy makers for Rumi week, Seyyed Mehdi Qaderi, said that works influenced by Rumi's character and writings will also be discussed during the event.

Rumi's ideas are beyond geographical location and he is a global figure; thus countries like Turkey can not limit the Persian poet to a single geographical place, he added.

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