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Story of Esther inspires new philharmonic piece

- Composer Behzad Ranjbaran drew from the biblical story and the Persian mythology of his native Iran for the piece premiering Saturday at the Binghamton Philharmonic. - 4/18/15

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 25 to May 16, 2015

- UCLA Film & Television Archive presents the "UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema," which will screen Saturday, April 25 - Saturday, May 16 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. This year's program will include works from well-known Iranian filmmakers as well as up-and-coming directors. Filmmakers Rakhshan Banietemad, Sharam Mokri, Kamran Heidari and Sepideh Farsi will attend in-person to discuss their work. - 4/1/15

Premiere of Mark Grey and Niloufar Talebi's "The Plentiful Peach" at Stanford

- Commissioned by the LACC, the work is adapted from a story by the great Iranian writer, Samad Behrangi (1939-1968). The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her-against the master's odds. - 3/31/15

Iranian Screenwriter, TV Producer Jailed In Tehran

- A former screenwriter and producer with Iran's state-controlled television has been in jail in Tehran for the past two months. Mostafa Azizi, who moved to Canada in 2010, had returned to Tehran to visit his relatives when he was arrested in February and transferred to the notorious Evin prison. - 3/29/15

2015 Farhang Short Film Festival Winners Announced

- Maryam Farahzadi's The Role of Each Fret (Iran) was this year's winning short film and awarded the top prize of $10,000. Commotion (Osyan) (Canada) by KAJART was the runner up and recipient of the $5,000 award. Rounding out the top three was Ali Azimi's & Arash Ashtiani's Prelude (Pishdaramad) (UK), which nabbed the $3,000 award. - 3/28/15

Iranian Film "13" to screen at Tiburon International Film Festival

- Struggling to deal with his parent's divorce and constant abuse at school, thirteen-year-old Behmani lashes out. He finds solace in a group of older street kids. They treat him as an adult and as one of their own. He soon gets in over his head when he becomes entangled in their own complex lives. - 3/27/15

When singing is a revolutionary act: the women challenging Iran's fear of female creativity

- "How can we sing without the colour of the female voice?" This is the question at the heart of No Land's Song, a new documentary by the Iranian director Ayat Najafi. The film follows the director's sister, Sara Najafi, a singer and composer who is attempting to host a concert of female singers in Tehran. -Anna Leszkiewicz, New Statesman - 3/26/15

Event in New York: "A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian and American Fusion"

- Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC'ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city's hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC's premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET. - 3/25/15

Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

- Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. -Davood Rahni - 3/24/15

Tehran Symphony Orchestra back from hiatus

- Tehran Symphony Orchestra is officially shaken out of a long hiatus under the management of Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari. The orchestra returned to life after a 25-month break on Monday night with live performances conducted by Rahbari in the presence of various political figures and prominent artists in Tehran's Vahdat Hall. - 3/17/15

"Virtuoso Virtual" wins top prize at Tehran Animation Festival

- German animation "Virtuoso Virtual" directed by Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann has won the top prize in the International section of the 9th Tehran International Animation Festival, the organizers announced on Thursday. - 3/14/15

Iranian artists call for return of music concerts to Mashhad

- A group of artists and musicians has written to the Governor of Khorasan Razavi, calling on him to cancel the ban placed on all music concerts in Mashhad, the provincial capital. Qods online reports that the signatories maintain that such a ban will lead to the "separation and alienation of the young generation from their local artistic and cultural values." - 3/13/15

Iranian women directors make most popular movies of the year

- "The City of Mice 2", "Ceasefire 2", and "Track 143", three movies produced by Iranian women directors, were on top of the list of Iran's most popular films of the year. The list was announced during a ceremony held by the Cinema Organization of Iran at Tehran's Eivan-e Shams Hall on Monday to honor the directors of the movies. - 3/12/15

Iranian musicians band together against concert meddling

- The Iranian music community has launched a campaign, calling on all musicians and music lovers to stand up against the cancellation of concerts and recent restrictions imposed on all forms of music activities. - 3/10/15

Ali Rahbari returns to restore Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- Vienna-based Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari has returned to his homeland to restore the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), a mission that he once left unfinished in 2005. The director of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance attended a press conference on Wednesday to announced Rahbari's appointment as the conductor and the artistic director of the orchestra. - 3/6/15

Iran's Culture Minister asserts authority over allowing concerts

- Jannati said Muslim clergy have differences of opinion about music, with some who deem it haram (forbidden) and others who don't. He said, however, that his ministry's guide on this issue is the direction of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, whom he described as an "art connoisseur". - 3/4/15

Iran: Prosecutor cancels concert despite Culture Minister's stance

- A few days after the minister of culture stressed that his ministry will not surrender to pressure from extremist groups regarding concerts, Alireza Ghorbani's Eshtiag music group was prevented from holding a concert that had been scheduled for Wednesday February 25. - 2/27/15

Rebirth of the Cool: American Music Makes a Return to Iran

- The audience members in Tehran's Vahdat concert hall rose from their seats, clapping wildly as the frontman Bob Belden, a fun-loving New Yorker with a predilection for loud shirts, rested his soprano saxophone on a nearby stand. -Thomas Erdbring, NY Times - 2/27/15

2015 Farhang Short Film Festival Finalists Announced

- Farhang Foundation's panel of judges has selected six short films as finalists for the 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival. The top six submissions represent a variety of genres and styles, including drama, romance, animation, stop motion, and more. - 2/25/15

Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist but I Played One on TV

- World-renowned comedian and actor, Maz Jobrani, explains what it's like to be an Iranian American in Hollywood in his new book, "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV." Following the book release earlier this week, Jobrani set out on a comedy tour explaining how he overcame Hollywood stereotypes and forged a path to stardom in an industry that only saw him as the perfect TV terrorist. - 2/23/15

Award-winning Taxi filmmaker on art and politics in Iran

- Jafar Panahi, the winner of this year's Berlinale Golden Bear prize, responded to statements from the head of Iran's Cinema Organization about the "political" nature of Panahi's recognition by the film festival, saying that "for many years the art scene [in Iran] has been haunted by the footsteps of politics". - 2/21/15

American saxophonist Bob Belden impressed by Iran visit

- American saxophonist Bob Belden, who gave performances with his band Animation in Tehran, says he will never forget Iran.James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with 'Animation' band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday. - 2/21/15

Cars, drugs and virginity tests dominate Iranian film festival

- Divorce, abortion and infidelity - set amid villas with blue pools and lavish gardens - were the themes dominating this year's Fajr film festival, which ran 1-12 February in Tehran. But it was one of the weakest line-ups in recent years. -Guardian - 2/19/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

Iran's Panahi scores another triumph at Berlin Film Festival

- Jafar Panahi's Taxi has won the Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin Film Festival. Panahi's niece, Hannah Saiidi, who portrays one of the film's protagonists, accepted the prize on the filmmaker's behalf, as Panahi is banned from traveling abroad and could not attend. - 2/15/15

Iran's 33rd Fajr Film Festival wraps up: "Crazy" wins Best Director and Best Film awards

- The 33rd edition of Iran's Fajr International Film Festival has come to an end with "Crazy" by the renowned Abolhasan Davoodi winning the Best Director and the Best Film awards. Produced by Bita Mansuri, Crazy received 11 nominations, including best film, best director for Abolhassan Davudi, best actress for Tannaz Tabatabaii, best cinematographer, best screenplay and best music. - 2/13/15

Female Singing At Center Of New Attacks Against Iran's Rohani

- A recently released album of traditional Iranian music is turning into a new headache for the administration of President Hassan Rohani, who's accused by his hard-line opponents of being too liberal in his cultural and social policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/9/15

Banned Iranian Film Premiers At Berlin Festival

- A new movie by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. The annual festival, running February 5-15, featured the first screening of Panahi's film Taxi on February 6. - 2/7/15

Iranian ministry dismisses concerns over male-female duets

- Iran's Ministry of Culture and Guidance has responded to recent concerns expressed by two members of the clergy regarding male and female performing artists singing duets, saying: "There is no legal prohibition against issuing permits for works containing men and women singing together". - 2/7/15

Film: "Desert Dancer" to go on screen in April

- Desert Dancer is a 2014 biographical film directed by Richard Raymond. It tells a true story of a young, self-taught dancer in Iran, Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban. - 2/7/15

Pop music star Benyamin Bahadori to celebrate "Iranian week of love"

- Benyamin Bahadori told reporters on Monday that his concert in London on February 14 will coincide with Saint Valentine's Day (globally celebrated by lovers). Bahadori added that the day also coincided with the Iranian ancient day of love, Sepandarmazgan, which is the celebration day of love and earth in the ancient Persian culture. - 2/3/15

Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere

- As controversy swirls on how the prophet Muhammad is depicted, a multimillion-dollar biopic about his youth - Iran's most expensive and lavish film to date - is set to premiere on Sunday. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 1/31/15

ABC Picks up BoomGen's "Of Kings and Prophets"

- The secret is finally out. We're thrilled to announce that our TV franchise based on one of the most significant stories of the ancient world, Of Kings and Prophets, has been picked up by ABC Network! -Mahyad Tousi and Reza Aslan, Founders, BoomGen Studios - 1/29/15

Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"

- Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger. - 1/20/15

"Timeloss" by Iranian theater group Mehr to go on stage in New York and Los Angeles

- The Mehr Theater Group led by Iranian director and writer Amir-Reza Kuhestani will perform "Timeloss" in the American cities of New York and Los Angeles. "Timeloss", a fiery story about the passage of time, is another version of "Dance on Glass", which Kuhestani staged in 2001. - 1/16/15

Filmmaker asks Iranian officials to watch "A Few Cubic Meters of Love"

- Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh has asked Iranian officials to watch "", a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. - 1/14/15

Sussan Deyhim Performance at UCLA: The House is Black

- Sussan Deyhim, performance artist/vocalist and composer presents her latest work, inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad, one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century. - 1/14/15

With Iran's Ban On Hip-Hop, This Rapper's Dream Of Performing In His Family's Homeland Is In Jeopardy

- For hip-hop artists of Iranian descent, like Azad Right, this is a devastating blow. Azad grew up in Los Angeles, after his parents fled from Iran in the 1980s - first landing in Turkey, then France and eventually Venice Beach - but he still has dreams of being able to perform in his native country one day. -Nadeska Alexis, MTV - 1/10/15

A rebel for Iranian cinema

- Kaveh Daneshmand, the artist director of the Festival of Iranian Films (FIF), started the festival in Prague when he was in his 20s and has seen it grow to a full-fledged event that since last year has a competition section and since this year's fourth edition also has screenings in Brno. -Prague Post - 1/9/15

Prominent Iranian Musician Banned From Traveling Abroad

- A prominent Iranian musician and composer says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad. Majid Derakhshani told the Iranian daily Etemad on January 5 that security officials confiscated his passport at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport over the weekend while he was on his way to Dubai. Derakhshani quoted the officials as saying he was banned from leaving the country. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/6/15

Iranian film "the paternal house" deemed too violent for screening

- KIanoosh Ayari's film Khaneh Pedari (The Paternal House), which recently was cleared for public screening after four years, has once again been pulled from cinemas through the intervention of Parliament's Cultural Commission, which says the film contains "one of most violent sequences in the history of Iranian cinema". - 12/28/14

Scheherazade to appear in musical at Tehran hall

- An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled "A Scheherazade Should Be" based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers. - 12/26/14

Film Director Abbas Kiarostami visits Tehran Peace Museum

- Celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has visited the Tehran Peace Museum at the invitation of Hassan Hassani-Sadi, a war veteran who is a curator of the museum, some Persian news agencies reported on Saturday. - 12/17/14

"Tales" director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins APSA jury grand prize

- Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has won one of the two jury grand prizes at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Award for her acclaimed social drama "Tales". Iranian actress Merila Zarei received a special mention for her performance in "Track 143". Iranian writer/producer/director Reza Dormishian received the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize for his second feature film "I'm Not Angry!". - 12/16/14

Vocalist Hengameh Akhavan To Give Concert In Tehran: Men Keep Out!

- Iranian vocalist Hengameh Akhavan will give a concert at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on December 26. Only women will be allowed to attend the concert, during which she is scheduled to perform classical Iranian songs. - 12/11/14

"Fest of Duty" wins justice award at IDFA

- Fest of Duty a documentary by Iranian filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani was in the line up of documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Panorama section and won the Oxfam Global Justice Award. - 12/8/14

Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh turns down France's Chevalier of Legion of Honor

- The Iranian tar virtuoso and composer Hossein Alizadeh, who has worked with many Iranian and foreign musicians, has refused to accept the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier (Order of Arts and Letters), the highest decoration awarded by the French government. - 11/30/14

Iranian director Bahram Beizaii to present "Ardaviraf's Report" at Stanford University

- Prominent Iranian playwright and director Bahram Beyzaie will stage reading performances of his latest play "Ardaviraf's Report" at Stanford University on January 24 and 25. - 11/28/14

Large crowds gather to mourn Iranian singer Pashaei

- Thousands of mourners gathered to bid farewell to the popular Iranian singer Morteza Pashaei, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with cancer. The Fararo website reports that thousands attended the deceased singer's funeral held at Vahdat Hall. - 11/17/14

Interview: Iran's 'Rosewater' Journalist Maziar Bahari Is 'Not Expecting A Revolution'

- Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, whose detention and torture by Iranian authorities are given cinematic treatment in "Rosewater," a new film by U.S. political satirist and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, tells RFE/RL that he wants officials in Tehran to watch the film and rethink their actions. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/17/14

Column: 'Rosewater' Shows 'How Ridiculous' Iran Can Be

- Jon Stewart's new movie, "Rosewater," was conceived out of guilt and is being born at a potentially pivotal time for U.S.-Iran relations. The hero of the film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is former Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who in the run-up to Iran's 2009 presidential elections gave an interview to Jason Jones, mock correspondent on The Daily Show, which Stewart hosts. -Barbara Slavin, VOA - 11/15/14

The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

- What do you get when three Israelis, two Iranians and a German walk into a room? A Berlin-based world music ensemble known as Sistanagila, named after an Iranian province - Sistan and Baluchestan - and the popular Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila." -Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR - 11/14/14

Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii receives France's Chevalier of Legion of Honor

- Mehrjuii received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday evening. The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to Mehrjuii by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran. - 11/13/14

"I Am Not Angry": Iran's Culture Minister blocks release of film about expelled student

- After persistent pressure from conservative factions in Parliament, the Ministry of Culture and Guidance announced that Reza Darmishian film, "I am not Angry" was finally blocked from screening through direct intervention of the Culture Minister Ali Jannati. - 11/11/14

Seasoned broadcast exec to lead Iran's National TV

- Mohammad Sarafraz has been appointed the head of Iran's national broadcasting service, Seda va Sima, replacing Ezzatollah Zarghami at the end of his 10-year tenure. - 11/9/14

Marjane Satrapi, LIVE from the New York Public Library

- Marjane Satrapi mesmerized audiences with her poignant graphic memoir Persepolis, a narrative that was at once personal and political. Satrapi joins Paul Holdengraber to discuss the unique challenges and rewards inherent in narratives of social protest, and offers a sneak peek of her new film, The Voices. - 11/8/14

Documentary maker honoured for film on LGBTQ in Iran

- Farid Haerinejad's Out of Iran: Iran's Unwanted Sons and Daughters, a film sponsored by Radio Zamaneh, won the best documentary prize at the Noor Iranian Film Festival for 2014. The festival was held in October in Los Angeles, and the film can be viewed here on the Radio Zamaneh website. - 11/7/14

Iranian Culture Minister Faces Heat Over Films

- A group of Iranian MPs is collecting signatures in order to summon Culture Minister Ali Jannati to Parliament for questioning. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Parliament's Cultural Commission has warned the culture minister that his impeachment will result if eight films, which have already been criticized by the commission, are released. - 11/4/14

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: An Iranian Vampire Western

- The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. - 10/29/14

Filmmakers Clash as Rouhani's Agenda Leaves Iranians Divided

- After decades portraying starkly different visions of Iran through their movies, two of the nation's leading filmmakers (Ebrahim Hatamikia and Abbas Kiarostami) have turned on each other in a dispute that has sucked in some of the country's top officials. -Ladane Nasseri, Bloomberg - 10/29/14

Winners of 2014 Noor Film Festival Announced

- Noor Film Festival's 2014 closing ceremony was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and awards were presented to the following films: - 10/24/14

Iranian Culture Minister stands firm against call for film censorship

- Ali Jannati, Iran's Minister of Culture and Guidance, has announced that a request by the head of Parliament's Culture Commission to ban a number of films has been denied. Ahmad Salek has reportedly called on Ali Jannati to ban eight films branded as "seditious" by his commission. Iran's conservative factions refer to the opposition protests that were triggered by allegations of vote fraud in 2009 as "sedition." - 10/22/14

"Digital Native" and "Discipline" Share Grand Prix at Tehran Short Film Festival

- Iranian director Mahbubeh Mohammad-Zaki's "Digital Native" and Swiss filmmaker Christopher M. Saber's "Discipline" have shared the Grand Prix at the 31st Tehran International Short Film Festival. - 10/21/14

Iranian actress rejects chador, storms off show

- Famous Iranian actress Narges Mohammadi was set to host an evening of shows in the small town of Haji Abad last week, but everything turned upside down when the local iman demanded that she wear not just a hijab (or headscarf) but a chador, or full-body covering. Mohammadi is alleged to have been so angry that she stormed out of the show, to the ire of the concert-goers. -France24 - 10/21/14

7th ANNUAL NOOR IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS The Reza Badiyi Achievement Award to Shaun Toub

- The 7th Noor Iranian Film Festival-a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization that bridges the gap between the Iranian and Non-Iranian community through Cinema-will present the NIFF 2014 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award to Shaun Toub for his broad contributions in film and television, at this year's Closing Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm, at Los Angeles' famed Skirball Cultural Center - 10/20/14

Announcing 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival: Celebrating Iranian Heritage

- Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, Farhang Foundation's annual online short film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). - 10/20/14

Kitaro thrilled by enthusiastic Iranian concertgoers

- TEHRAN -- Renowned Japanese musician Kitaro said he was thrilled by the Iranian audience's enthusiasm over his performance on Wednesday, the first night of his concerts at Tehran's Grand Hall of the Interior Ministry. - 10/18/14

"Peace Horn" to sound in Tehran

- The Tehran Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert entitled "Peace Horn" at Tehran's Milad Tower on October 18. The concert aims to convey Iranians' message of peace to the world, vocalist Mohammad Motamedi, who will accompany the orchestra at the performance, said during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday. - 10/15/14

Presence of female musicians stops concert in Isfahan despite proper permit

- The music group Erfan was prevented from holding a concert in Isfahan because women were part of the group. The concert was cancelled even though the group had the necessary permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. - 10/14/14

Iran hosts retrospective on Loris Tjeknavorian's music arts

- Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) has held a retrospective of works by the world-renowned Iranian composer Loris Tjeknavorian. Tjeknavorian has made nearly 100 recordings and written more than 75 compositions, including symphonies, operas, requiems, chamber music, ballet music, concertos, choral works and an oratorio. - 10/13/14

The Persian Underground review - the story of of Iran's rock rebels

- In the eye-opening documentary The Persian Underground (World Service), presenter Behzad Bolour meets musicians who have made huge sacrifices in order to continue making music despite Iran's ban on it. -Guardian - 10/4/14

Winners of the 2014 'Sepanta Awards' at the 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco

- The 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco was held on September 27 & 28. Eight years ago when we launched the first IFF in North America, there was no such festival anywhere outside Iran to represent the Iranian Cinema independently. Our goal from day one was to discover the next generation of Iranian filmmakers and support them. - 10/2/14

Six Iranian Filmmakers Launch Campaign Urging Deal Over Nuclear Crisis

- Six prominent Iranian movie directors have launched an Internet campaign saying "there is no deal that is worse than no deal" in an effort to end the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. The website for the campaign, which is in English, says international sanctions have hurt the Iranian people without harming Iran's nuclear program and urges Tehran and world powers to "address the issues, not special interests." -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 10/1/14

Group Sues Iranian Culture Minister For Letting Women Sing Solo

- The head of the Family of Martyrs and Veterans Association reported on Tuesday September 30 that a suit has been filed against Culture Minister Ali Jannati for issuing permits allowing women to sing solo in concerts. - 10/1/14

Iranians and Israelis find an unlikely musical detente in Germany

- Israeli-Iranian ensemble Sistanagila, which combines both cultures' music into melodic wholes, is just one of several such collaborations that have sprung up in Germany. -Rachel Stern, CSM - 9/28/14
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