Iranian regional music echoed through different squares in Kerman and Tehran on Saturday afternoon.
Kerman and Tehran are hosting the 7th regional music festival after a seven-year hiatus and the music ensembles that participated at the festival performed music of their region throughout the cities' squares.
The opening ceremony of the festival was held on Saturday morning in Kerman. Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Hamidreza Shahabadi, the General Director of the Office of Kerman Culture Ministry Ahmad Saeidi and several other officials attended the event.
At the ceremony, a part of message from the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini was read in which he pointed to the originality and uniqueness of regional music in Iran.
In his message, Hosseini also pointed to the variety and ingenuity of this kind of music which can attract people if they become familiar with them.
After that, Shahbadi made a short speech saying that regional music is a very good medium for inspirational songs since they have the capacity to transmit Iranian cultural messages to the rest of the world.
He said that the Ministry of Culture would do its best to stage regional performances until the next edition of this festival.
Eight music ensembles have performances at the Vahdat Hall in Tehran and 80 musicians perform folk stories in the form of music during the event.
The Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran hosts folk music performances and reviews by musicians from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Georgia.
The House of Music also hosts lectures delivered by music experts. Kerman's Emad Hall and City Forum hosts the event as well.
The 117-year-old Iranian tanbur player Seyyed Qadamyar Hosseini and Iranian-based Kazakh dotar virtuoso Mostafa Qazaq will have performances at the festival.
The 7th Regional Music Festival will run until May 18 in Tehran and Kerman.
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