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Kiarostami presenting Persian Tazieh at Edinburgh Festival

London, April 8, IRNA - Distinguished film master Abbas Kiarostami is making his long-awaited debut at this year's Edinburgh International Festival, when he is due to present the ancient Persian theatrical tradition of Tazieh.

The festival in August, which is among the leading celebrations of the arts, is also staging the European premier of the Devil's Ship by the avant-garde Iranian Bazi Theatre Company.

The two Iranian performances are among a showcase of the greatest artistic talent at the renowned festival, which this year has the theme of exploring political, psychological, geographical cultural borders with contemporary Europe.

Kiarostami is due to produce a video installation with separate screens simultaneously showing three perspectives of a Tazieh performance telling epic tales in memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) with the involvement of the audience.

The performance of Devil's Ship in theatrical style combines powerful threads of Iranian thought, music and imagery with a deep experience of post-1960s European theatre and a mid-Asian magic realism.

Other international debuts are being given to the Palestinian National Theatre performing Jidariyya, a moving and beautiful look at mortality based on a poem by Mahmoud Darwish as well as the Istanbul Music and Sema Group's Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.

The international section is the centre piece of Edinburgh's festival season, the largest in Europe, separately incorporating the largest book festival in the world and a film festival, renowned as a showcase of cinematic talent around the globe.

There is also a military tattoo, set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, science and jazz festivals, not to mention the thousands of fringe productions, which last year alone sold a record 1.7 million tickets.

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