TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- All the programs planned on the occasion of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh millennium were halted due to organizations' lack of cooperation, said general secretary of Iran's Ferdowsi Foundation Yaser Movahhedfar.
Movahhedfar expressed his criticism and said, "Almost all our programs and projects have been stopped because of a lack of cooperation."
"The projects, including establishment of Ferdowsi Museum in Tehran, renovation of Ferdowsi Mausoleum in Tus, establishment of Shahnameh town near Tus and the Ferdowsi Cultural Center in Tehran and several other projects all have been stopped.
"To implement the new projects, several organizations such as the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology as well the Organization of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and Tehran Municipality were supposed to collaborate.
"We pursued the issue on a number of occasions, but received no reply. We wrote letters but received no response, so it was understandable that we lost hope over collaboration on plans inside the country. Therefore we decided to concentrate on programs we've arranged for outside the country.
"Several events are planned on the occasion of the Shahnameh millennium in 2010. We have a window of less than a month to complete our programs arranged for these occasions and submit them to UNESCO office in Paris."
(UNESCO has initially agreed to Iran's proposal for registration of the Shahnameh millennium programs on its calendar of events in 2010. The proposal was put forward by the foundation early last March and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO submitted it to UNESCO headquarters in Paris.)
Movahhedfar also remarked that their autumn program set in Germany was postponed to the first month of winter, adding, "Iranian literati Jalal Khaleqi-Motlaq, Mir Jalaleddin Kazazi and Mohammad Hossein Tusivand will be giving lectures during the event.
A total of 23 tea-house paintings created by the Iranian artist Mansur Vafaii will also go on display during the event, he added.
The next step is to cooperate with participating organizations in the Middle East and plans are to hold a conference in one of the countries in this region, Movahhedfar concluded.
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