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Persian Arts Festival Celebrate Norooz 2009, the Persian New Year, at Bowery Poetry Club in New York


NEW YORK, March 18, 2009 - Persian Arts Festival (PAF) has successfully revived Shab-e She'r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern, new generational spin.  The program has made its comeback and expanded what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs.  Taking place every third Wednesday of the month, PAF and BPC continues to host readings of well-established or emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature.   Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few. An open mic typically follows the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.  


PAF is also known for its innovative annual celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year.  Past events have included art exhibitions, film festivals, traditional to contemporary music performances, comedy and more.  This Norooz 2009, in conjunction with Bowery Poetry Club, PAF will host a special Shab-e She'r, the Norooz Edition on Wednesday, March 18th from 6 - 9 pm.  The celebratory evening will feature two incredible acts that bring the works of ancient poets including Rumi and Hafez to life through music.  Opening the evening will be Rana Farhan, who is best known for setting classical Farsi (Persian) poetry to contemporary jazz and blues music that will surely captivate any audience.  Farhan has been recently recognized for her outstanding contributions in art and music by Radio Zamaneh in Holland, commemorating the International Day of Woman.  The second act of Shab-e She'r, the Norooz Edition will feature Iraj Anvar - singer, author and expert translator of Rumi.  Performing in Persian song, Anvar will recite his renditions of Rumi ghazals and will be accompanied by Anne Twitty, who will translate the Persian performance into English.  Shab-e She'r, the Norooz Edition will have a $10 admission fee.  BPC is located at 308 Bowery @ Bleecker in NYC. Please visit PAF online for more information at  



Persian Arts Festival, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the magnificence and diversity of Persian art and culture through its voices, artists and visionaries. PAF provides a truly unique opportunity for local and global communities to gather and explore one of the world's most ancient and rich civilizations. Persian Arts Festival is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  Shab'e She-r is curated by Literary Arts Director, poet, essayist and translator, Richard Jeffrey Newman, and Kaveh Bassiri, founder of NYC poetry series "Reading between A and B".

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Hosting between 20 and 30 shows a week the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) is proud of our place in the lineage of populist art: the Yiddish theater, burlesque, vaudeville, beat poetry, jazz, and punk that gave the Bowery its name.  More information at



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