Aban 2 1399 - October 23 2020
Conference: The Life and Work of Shahrokh Meskoob

Scholars discuss the life and work of Shahrokh Meskoob, one of modern Iran's most respected and acclaimed public intellectuals, literary critics, and memoirists. His papers were recently donated to Stanford's Green Library and include hundreds of letters from some of Iran's most prominent intellectuals, thousands of pages of notes, and first drafts of many of his manuscripts. This conference celebrates the launch of the archive. -Stanford Program In Iranian Studies 10/20/20

Memories, Tales and Folk Songs: Group exhibition in New York by seven female Iranian artists

Roya Khadjavi Projects is pleased to present "Memories, Tales and Folk Songs", a group exhibition by seven female Iranian artists in diaspora including Afsoon, Arghavan Khosravi, Atieh Sohrabi, Farnaz Zabetian, Leila Seyedzadeh, Parastoo Ahovan, and Roxana Manouchehri. 10/2/20

13th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 19-25, 2020

This year Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, presents a record-breaking 52 films, in two days, from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden...ranging from fiction, documentary, short, animation...to music video. We are happy and proud to continue our mission to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world, while we honor the veteran filmmakers for their distinguished careers. 9/15/20

The Persian Invasions of Greece Reconsidered: Online talk by Professor Nicholas Sekunda

The 2500th anniversary of the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis in 2021 and that of Plataea in 2022 provides a good opportunity to reconsider the Persian invasion of Greece in the light of modern scholarship and a critical analysis of the Greek texts. This lecture seeks to demonstrate that the number of Achaemenid forces sent against Greece is unknown, and that the figures given by Herodotus are falsely constructed. The defeats of Salamis and Plataea are undeniable, but they have to be put into their context of an already overstretched Empire fighting on the absolute periphery of its possibilities.​ -Iran Heritage Foundation 9/10/20

Photos: Group artworks Exhibition Opens at Shirin Gallery

The Shirin gallery in Tehran is playing host to an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a group of artists including Dorsa Hashemi, Arash Nazari, Elaheh Keshavarz, and Vahid Arian. The show will be running until 16 September -Honar Online 8/28/20

SGS Summer Film Festival: Chicken with Plums; Discussion with Marjane Satrapi

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies invite you to watch Chicken with Plums from home at a time that works for your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a discussion with the writer and co-director, Marjane Satrapi. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom information. 8/28/20

Photos: Rahman Ahmadimaleki Artwork Exhibit Underway at Farmanfarma Art Gallery

An art exhibition by Rahman Ahmadimaleki titled "Unread Inscriptions" is underway at Farmanfarma Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit will run until 5 September. The artwork are also available online for viewing. 8/25/20

World Artists Welcoming Iran's First International Online Student Puppet Festival

The first 'virtual International puppet theatre festival' started its work on 9th May 2020 by enrolling participants' works on Instagram page of the festival: "We have corresponded with most Iranian students and universities around the world, and fortunately, we have received a great response. So far, more than 30 plays have been submitted to the festival from about 12 countries." 7/22/20

THE BROAD STAGE AT HOME Presents Red Hen Press Poetry Hour

On Thursday July 16 at 6 pm PT, a program entitled Finding Truths and Creating Art in Exile features Award-winning playwrights Iranian-American Sholeh Wolpe and Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour's most recent play Nassim will be performed in The Broad Stage 2020/21 season in April 2021. -Broadway World 7/9/20

Webinar: Iranian-Americans Conversation on Racial Justice

A conversation on racial justice with panelists Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLUNC, Mitra Jalali, St. Paul City Councilwoman, Tehran Von Ghasri, comedian and activist, and Cyrus Mehri, civil rights attorney. The conversation will be moderated by media anchor, reporter, and producer, Shirley Jahad. -PAAIA 6/26/20

A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it's Too Late?

Webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Since President Trump withdrew from and violated the Iran nuclear deal, tensions with Iran have risen dramatically. The U.S. and Iran have moved to the edge of war twice in the past year, including in January following the airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Iran has halted compliance with limits under the nuclear accord, and hardliners have increasingly exerted control over Iranian policy. Still, the framework of the nuclear accord remains intact, and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has pledged to return the U.S. to compliance if Iran does the same. -NIAC 6/22/20

The Iranian Women's Movement: A Conversation with Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani

Webinar on June 23, 2020: Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, a member of a family long considered a pillar of the Islamic Republic of Iran, became a prisoner of conscience in that regime and is now a defender of equal rights for women-one of the many fascinating transformations in Iran in recent years. She discusses the evolution and future of the women's rights movement in Iran. The conversation will be live-translated from Persian/Farsi to English. 6/22/20

Iranians mark milestone in diaspora with LBGTQIA Pride event

'Out in the Diaspora' (Zoom event on June 20th) builds representation for future generations. The reading hosted by San Francisco State University's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Diaspora Arts Connection will be followed by a dance-focused component on June 25. The Center's chair, Persis Karim, will moderate a conversation with designer Hushidar Mortezaie and choreographer Shireen Rahimi before a joint performance. -SF Examiner 6/19/20

Webinar: Iranian-American Women Building Political Power

Join our virtual conversation with leading Iranian-American women building political power on Thursday, June 11 at 5-6pm PST. We will be featuring Yassamin Ansari, candidate for Phoenix City Council, Shireen Ghorbani, Salt Lake County Council Member, and Nilofar Ganjaie, moderator and NIAC Action Board Member. -NIAC Action 6/8/20

Webinar: Iran in the International System

Heinz Gartner and Mitra Shahmoradi discuss their recent book Iran in the International System: Iran between Great Powers and Great Ideas (Routledge, January 2020). Drawing on Iran's history and its relations with great powers and its regional neighbors, this book addresses the question of how much continuity and/or change there is in Iranian international relations since the Iranian revolution. -Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford 6/8/20

12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA

Join Farhang Foundation for the 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA's Royce Hall and Dickson Courts. The event includes musical performances, children's activities, dancers, a Haft Sīn display and our annual Persian Costume "Spring Walk" open to children and adults of all ages. 3/2/20

Aroosi Exhibition in Los Angeles: 150 Years of Iranian Wedding Traditions

Farhang Foundation, USC Libraries, and USC Dornsife Department of Middle East Studies present an exhibition celebrating Iran's rich wedding traditions. 2/17/20

PERFORMANCE: The Story of Nowruz comes to life in San Francisco in March 2020

The production "The Story of Nowruz" describes the unique celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of the Persian new year. From exciting and ancient Zoroastrian soul-cleansing rituals, to the good luck charm and beauty of the "Table of the Seven S's," the performance depicts traditions of inspiration, rebirth, renewal, and hope through traditional choreography, original scoring performed by a live 22-piece orchestra, and professional actors in a first-of-its-kind stage production. 2/13/20

The Amazing Windcatchers of Yazd: Talk by Dr Susan Roaf - March 4, 2020 in London

We take so much for granted when we look only at the visible structures of buildings, but windcatchers demonstrate that their invisible attributes may often be more important. Their story in Yazd reaches out in many directions, showing how one apparently simple design feature links us to many aspects of the physical, historic and political past of the whole region. 2/6/20

Iranian American Civic Engagement Forum: February 22, 2020 at Stanford University

PAAIA's first Iranian American Civic Engagement Forum of 2020 is being held on February 22nd at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University and PARS Equality Center. PAAIA's Civic Engagement Initiative is a new program committed to encouraging and enabling Iranian Americans to get involved as concerned members of their communities, both nationally and locally. 2/6/20

Concert: Niaz Nawab, Erwin Khachikian & Rana Farhan to perform in San Francisco on February 28, 2020

Diaspora Arts Connection (DAC) presents Niaz Nawab, Erwin Khachikian, and Rana Farhan Live in San Francisco on Friday, February 28, 2020. After successful performances in Canada, the trio will perform their songs with Karmandan and Steven Toub. Join us for an evening of music and community. 2/3/20

Crossing the Caspian: Persia and Europe, 1500-1700

Crossing the Caspian explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the Safavid Empire of Persia and Europe. Featuring prints, drawings, miniature paintings, rare books and maps, as well as objects of porcelain and silk, this exhibition examines the opening of new geographic, diplomatic, and mercantile routes between Persia and Europe in the seventeenth century. The pieces assembled here include works by artists from Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, Hollstein, Qazvin, Isfahan, and Shiraz. Together, the works represent the process of coming to know a foreign culture through the medium of visual art. -Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University 1/29/20

Homecoming: 27th Houston Iranian Film Festival to conclude at Rice Cinema

Co-founded by Rice Cinema and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Iranian Film Festival will return to campus this weekend to conclude its 27th annual iteration with a celebration of Abbas Kiarostami, one of Iran's most monumental filmmakers. This year, in addition to screening Iran's 2020 entry for the Academy Awards in the category of Best International Film "Finding Farideh" and other acclaimed new Iranian releases, the festival featured a retrospective of Kiarostami, a legendary director not only within Iran but on the international stage of contemporary global cinema. -Katelyn Landry, Rice Thresher 1/29/20

Winner of the Farhang Foundation's 2020 Nowruz Banner Design Competition: Setareh Feylizadeh

This year's winning design was awarded to Iranian artist Setareh Feylizadeh from Paris, France. "Participating in a competition such as this, especially one which connects us to our roots, cultures, and traditions, has been so rewarding." said Feylizadeh. "The ultimate prize of winning this competition is the chance to connect with another community of Persians in another part of the world by spreading the message of Nowruz, which bonds us together and brings us closer to one another. 1/24/20

The Minimalism and Maximalism of Ali Dadgar

Dark humor is an Ali Dadgar trademark, so his new San Francisco art exhibit is full of it - but if you're looking for a source of that humor, you have to go back four decades to Dadgar's native country. In 1979, when Dadgar was a teenager, Iran was convulsing politically and culturally, and the revolutionary government imposed new norms through the country's currency, when it used the old regime's paper bills but - hastily and surreally - printed dark designs over the Shah of Iran's face. -Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly 1/24/20

Maz Jobrani: Just Iranian American

Maz Jobrani, the "just Iranian American" comedian and actor loves the Kennedy Center and D.C. and, obviously, they love him back. His latest Netflix special "Immigrant" was filmed at the Kennedy Center, and, in 2016, he performed at the White House, where he introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama. 1/24/20

No War With Iran!: International Day of Action, Saturday, January 25

The People of the World Say: NO WAR! The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences. The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. 1/23/20

ALL OUT THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 25: "No War On Iran" Actions Across Canada

Tensions remain extreme in the Persian Gulf following the January 2, 2020 drone attack in Baghdad which killed Iranian Major-Gen. Qasem Soleimani and dozens of others in a blatant and illegal escalation by US imperialism. While the likelihood of further military action has receded at least temporarily, Washington seems intent to ratchet up economic sanctions and its propaganda war against Tehran, and the possibility of overt military aggression remains high. For this reason, peace organizations internationally have called for a Global Day of Protest this Saturday, January 25th, around the theme "No War on Iran!".Canadian Peace Congress 1/22/20

No War With Iran: Day of Action

We will not be forced into another war. On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m. local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump's war and say #NoWarWithIran. Trump's reckless action has needlessly endangered countless lives of U.S. troops, Iraqis, Iranians, and countless other civilians. 1/9/20

Ana Bayat Stars In MIMI'S SUITCASE At Theatre of Yugen

Ana Bayat's critically-acclaimed one-woman show, Mimi's Suitcase, is an autobiographical journey through identity, immigration, women's rights, and involuntary displacement. With nothing but the titular suitcase, a trench coat, and a scarf, this universal coming-of-age story of resilience and humanity is a tour de force: a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of 27 characters (men and women of all ages) performed in four languages (English, Spanish, French and Persian/Farsi) 12/13/19

Conference in Paris - Tappeh Sialk: A Key Site for the Archaeology of Iran

​The site of Tappeh Sialk in Iran was excavated by the archaeologist Roman Ghirshman between 1933 and 1937, exposing whole areas of the ancient cultures of the plateau, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. The objective of this conference will be to take stock, 80 years after the publication of Ghirshman's work, on the history of this site and on its central role for Iranian archaeology. -Iran Heritage Foundation 11/21/19

Iranian Women Artists Showcased in Upcoming Exhibit Curated by Shirin Neshat

The Center for Human Rights in Iran is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition of thirteen contemporary Iranian women artists in New York City, curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Shireen Neshat. The show, A Bridge Between You and Everything features nearly 100 works-paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video-by both established and emerging artists, who began working after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The exhibition is organized by the Center. 10/15/19

Second Annual MSP Iranian Film Festival: August 15-18, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

MSP Film Society presents the second annual MSP Iranian Film Festival August 15-18, 2019 at the Film Society's Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Festival showcases acclaimed and award-winning new Iranian cinema, and presents a variety of themes, genres, and perspectives of contemporary Iran. 8/9/19

My Iran Exhibition at Smithsonian in Washington, DC: Six Women Photographers

The artists featured in My Iran: Six Women Photographers explore the complexities of life within and outside their home country. From the dynamism of the street to the quiet corners of distant memories, the works highlight various ways in which artists use photography to respond to personal and political realities. 7/30/19

Play in London: WELCOME TO IRAN

Ava is a twenty-something Londoner. Following the death of her estranged father, she journeys to Iran in search of his past and her extended family. Exploring the rich culture and thriving art scene of this oft misunderstood country, Ava is swept into a world of raves, raids and illicit love, all whilst negotiating family politics, Tehran traffic and the morality police. 5/29/19

Benefit Concert In Sunnyvale, California for Iran's Flood Victims

A unique and entertaining benefit concert featuring local artists. Proceeds from this concert will support the victims of the recent floods in Iran. The program will include performances by Naser Sheikhzadehgan, Amir Nojan, Amir Abbas Etemadi, Narges Jajarmi, Safi Rouhi and other local musicians. We are also excited to present to you vocal music by Shiraz Arts Academy Choir conducted by Amin Assadi. 4/20/19

University Of Tehran Conference To Discuss Role Of Technology In Natural Disasters Relief

The University of Tehran's science and technology park will host a conference on the role of technology in natural disasters relief on May 1, ISNA reported. The establishment of relief startup network, the role of science and technology parks and universities in natural disaster will be discussed during the conference and some new emerging technologies will be introduced during the event. 4/18/19

Tehran's Amirkabir University to host 11th aerospace competition

The 11th national aerospace competition will be held on May 2 and 3 at the Amirkabir University of Technology. The competition will be held in five leagues including avionics simulators, drone speeding, hovercraft, glider and water rocket. 4/18/19

Iran to host World Health Summit regional meeting in Kish Island

Iran will host The World Health Summit (WHS), one of the world's most prominent forums for addressing global health issues, announced the Iranian deputy health minister for research and technology. The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2019 is organized by Tehran University of Medical Sciences and will be held in Persian Gulf's Kish Island on April 29-30, IRIB quoted Reza Malekzadeh as saying. 4/17/19

Jafar Panahi's "3 Faces" opens in U.S. theaters

"3 Faces," a film by renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, opens today at select theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Encino and Hartford with screenings in other cities to come. Panahi's fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking is one of his very best. Panahi begins with a smartphone video shot by a young woman (Marziyeh Rezaei) who announces to the camera that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. 3/29/19

Food of Persia on The Splendid Table

- The Splendid Table, a podcast and radio broadcast program with host Francis Lam, will be celebrating the food of Persia ahead of Norooz, the Persian New Year. The episode will air on Friday, March 8 from local public radio stations and will be posted on The Splendid Table website. Several guests are scheduled to appear on the show whom Francis will be talking to including Samin Nosrat, Naz Deravian, Najmieh Batmanglij and Behzad Jamshidi. 3/7/19

Experience the Largest Nowruz Celebration in the USA: March 10 at UCLA

The most colorful and lively festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, The Farhang Foundation Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. This event has become the largest Nowruz festival in the United States. The special celebration brings together a variety of programming and excitement for all ages to enjoy. The daylong festival is free and open to the public for the 11th Annual Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) celebration at UCLA's Dickson Court, taking place on Sunday, March 10, 2019. 3/2/19

First Ever Persian New Year Party in the Florida Capitol

Every year, millions celebrate Persian New Year, or Norooz. This year for the first time ever, we are bringing the Persian New Year to the Florida Capitol! Join us we share Persian food, music, and dance to all of Florida! -Hosted by Office of Representative Anna V. Eskamani 3/1/19

Departure: The Story of My Life - Performance by King Raam at Stanford

Raam's one-man performance is a tribute in word and song to the legacy of his late father, Kavous Seyed Emami, an Iranian/Canadian professor and environmentalist, who was unjustly imprisoned under false pretenses in January of 2018, and subsequently died under suspicious circumstances two weeks later. Blending his own musical style with intimate stories of his life, he weaves an emotional roller coaster of a narrative that reveals a window into the life of his father and the aftermath of his death at the hands of the Iranian authorities. 2/25/19

Doostan Charity's Norooz party 2019: Saturday, March 9th in London

Doostan Norooz party 2019 is the annual Doostan fund-raising events and a chance to thank our generous community for their continued support and donations by celebrating the start of the Persian New Year together and as a family of friends in this magnificent Dinner & Dance event. 2/19/19

Norooz Spring Festival in San Francisco: March 9, 2019 at Union Square

Norooz Outreach and Diaspora Arts Connection proudly present the inaugural all-day "Norooz Spring Festival," celebrating the arrival of Spring on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Share the Norooz spirit by bringing your non-Persian friends and join us for a day of celebrations and festivities, including food, live-music, dance, Persian calligraphy and miniatures, activities for children, and other demonstrations of the symbols of Norooz. 1/28/19

University of Tehran to hold e-mental health startup weekend

The University of Tehran will hold the first startup weekend on electronic mental health from February 20 to 22, IRNA reported on Tuesday. Mental health literacy, self-care, social-mental disorders and digital technology to prevent them as well as electronic psychiatric consultation will be discussed during the event. 1/24/19

The first annual Iranian Film Festival New York: Jan 10-15, 2019

1st IrFFNY presents a selection of acclaimed and award-winning films from one of the world's most vital and distinguished national cinemas. The festival aims to unite two strands of Iranian moviemaking - the classic art-house Iranian cinema beloved by cinephiles around the world, and new cutting-edge works that showcase the adventurousness and daring nature of younger Iranian directors. 1/10/19

Focus Iran 3 : Contemporary Photography and Video

Organized in collaboration with Farhang Foundation, Focus Iran 3 (at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles) is the third exhibition in this juried biennial series that features photography and video works that relate to Iranian culture. 1/9/19

Aga Khan Museum in Toronto hosts an Exhibition of Persian Art in Qajar Era

The Toronto-based Aga Khan Museum has launched an exhibition of Persian art in Qajar era. The exhibition brings together rare paintings, lacquerware, lithographed manuscripts, photographs, musical instruments, and textiles from a host of prominent international and national collections. 12/24/18

Tehran conference exploring an "Iran in Transition"

Political and social developments of Iran in the early 19th-century is being addressed in a two-day conference, which on Monday opened at the University of Tehran. Titled "L'Iran en transition: de la revolution constitutionnelle a la fin de l'ere qajare," the event is explores the Persian Constitutional Revolution, also known as the Constitutional Revolution of Iran, that took place between 1905 and 1911. 12/17/18

PHOTOS: The 6th Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition in Tehran

The sixth Biennale of Urban Sculptures Exhibition is underway at Saba Cultural and Art Institute in the Iranian capital Tehran until 26 December. -Mehran Riazi, Mehr 12/13/18

Persian Arts Festival 2018: November 30th in Brooklyn, New York

A mystical way to ring in the holiday season as well as Yalda (the winter solstice), the evening will begin with Persian poetry curated by Roger Sedarat and special guests, and then launch into the main event, Aida Shahghasemi with a full band. 11/16/18

Play on Persian poet Sadi to go on stage in Vancouver, Canada

"Sadi - A Traveler From the Town of Love," A play on Persian poet Sadi (C. 1213-1291), famous worldwide for his masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden), will go on stage the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada on September 22. 9/17/18

Vancouver Film Festival to screen 7 titles from Iran

The screening program for Iranian titles at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival includes: '3 Faces' by Jafar Panahi, 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, 'Exit Toll' by Mohammad Najarian Dariani, 'Hat-Trick' by Ramtin Lavafi, 'Hendi and Hormoz' by Abbas Amini, 'The Load' a Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar co-production, and 'My Clayey Conception' by Zanyar Muhammadineko. 9/13/18

Iranian-American Innovation Forum 2018: September 15, 2018 at UC Irvine

Sharif University of Technology Association (SUTA), together with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California Irvine, and the Iranian-Americans' Contributions Project (IACP), are proud to present the day-long Iranian-American Innovation Forum, in the Pacific Ballroom of UC-Irvine, on Saturday September 15th, 2018. 9/10/18

Tehran to host international conference on information security and cryptology

The Iranian Society of Cryptology (ISC) is going to hold the 15th international conference on Information Security and Cryptology (ISC), known as ISCISC 2018, on August 28 and 29. Organized by Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, the event will be held with the support of the ISC. 8/25/18

Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco: September 22-23, 2018

Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, which showcases independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, will present 48 films at its 11th annual event September 22-23, 2018. The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, short....to music video. 8/13/18

Celebration of Iranian Cinema at UCI-2018

Join us for the 3rd Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine September 15-16, 2018. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives. 8/6/18

Iranian Artists Exhibition in Los Angeles: Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden

The group exhibition Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden, which takes its title from a poem by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, includes photographs, videos, and other works by more than twenty Iranian artists on the theme of flowers. Co-curated by artist Mehraneh Atashi and Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition was originally conceived by Atashi while working in Tehran in 2009, after she was instructed to photograph flowers, rather than take self portraits that address social matters. 7/18/18

CONFERENCE: Tappeh Sialk and Ancient Kashan Revisited

Following on from last year's highly successful conference about Tappeh Sialk, IHF is organising another seminar which will feature talks by international experts, as well as looking at how this significant Iranian site can be more widely recognised and promoted in the future. July 2nd & 3rd in London -Iran Heritage Foundation 6/8/18

In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art

In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi'ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed. -Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5/1/18

Announcing The 10th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

Calling on filmmakers worldwide 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 prestigious recognition and a $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). 4/27/18

The Iranian American Women Foundation Launches New Los Angeles Chapter and Presents 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference on April 29, 2018, in Los Angeles

The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF)-the only non-profit organization providing networking and mentorship services to women of Iranian descent across all professional industries-launches its Los Angeles Chapter and also presents the 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference in Los Angeles on April 29, 2018. Azita Raji, the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and the first Iranian-born American to serve as a U.S. ambassador, will keynote the event. 4/12/18

Iranian movies line up for Atlanta Film Festival

Six movies from Iranian filmmakers will be competing in the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival in the United States. "Disappearance" directed by Ali Asgari will be screened in the Narrative Features section, while five other films will compete in the shorts section. 4/12/18

Exhibition: No Man's Land - works by darvish

Asia House is to host an exhibition comprising of film, painting and drawings by the Iranian-American artist, darvish. The exhibition will explore a notion of internal and external explorations of space, and pays homage to the Iranian farmer Darvish Khan Esfandiarpour (coincidentally sharing the same first name as the artist). 4/12/18

American director Oliver Stone to attend Iran's Fajr Film Festival

Oscar-winning American filmmaker Oliver Stone will be attending the 36th Fajr International Film Festival, the secretary of the festival, Reza Mirkarimi, announced in a press conference on Wednesday. The Fajr festival will be running in Tehran from April 19 to 27. 4/11/18

Preview Screening Of Two Feature Films 'Man' & 'Three Worlds' By Amir Motlagh At Chicago Filmmakers

LA based, award winning Iranian-American filmmaker Amir Motlagh along with producing partner and Chicago based filmmaker Charles Borg are set to preview two new feature films - MAN, Three Worlds in a double feature screening hosted by Chicago Filmmakers on April 21st, 2018 at 6 PM in Chicago, IL. 4/9/18

Dance, Exhibition, Music, Visual art in New York: ON LOVE: The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols

Four extraordinary artists with roots around the world will create large-scale calligraphic paintings on the windows of the Winter Garden around the poetic theme of love. Artists from Iran, Japan, India and the United States will use words, letters, shapes and symbols from their respective languages and alphabets to explore the linguistic and artistic connections to calligraphy. Over two weeks the artists will produce a magnificent temporary art installation which the public can watch as it's being crafted. 3/31/18

Crossroads: New play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie

Approximately year eighty of the Persian calendar. In a busy crossroads of Tehran, a woman and a man run into one another, torn apart by the events of the last fifteen years! March 23rd-April 1st at Stanford University 3/22/18

CAMA Gallery of Iranian Art announce opening of London gallery on April 5th, 2018

Following the success of their space in Tehran, CAMA Gallery, the new international market leaders in Modern and Contemporary Iranian art, have announced the opening of their London gallery on the 5th of April with an inaugural exhibition of 19 Contemporary Iranian artists. 3/8/18

Celebrate The Iranian New Year And The First Day Of Spring At The 10th Annual Farhang Foundation Nowruz Festival In Los Angeles

The Farhang Nowruz Festival is a free to all, public, daylong celebration located at UCLA, including a colorful Spring Walk, Iranian Tea House, spectacular dances, children activities, puppet shows, authentic musical performances, a rare performance by Iranian living legend Sima Bina, and more. 2/22/18

Royal Portraits From 19th-Century Iran Will Go on View at the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler in Washington, DC

Kings and noblemen of Iran's Qajar dynasty (1779-1925) commissioned self-portraits to convey their power and splendor. Such imagery proliferated as monumental oil paintings, photographs or as intimately scaled lacquer objects and uniquely combined traditional Persian artistic conventions with European modes of representation. "The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran" offers a rare glimpse into the development and dissemination of royal and aristocratic portraiture in the 19th century and early 20th century in Iran at a time when the country underwent major political, societal and cultural changes. 2/17/18

"Iranian Women's Movement Museum" inauguration: "From Evin With Love"

In light of International Women's Day, the exhibition "From Evin, With Love" will open on March 9, 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands, presenting the handicrafts of Imprisoned Iranian women activists. The exhibition will run through April 6, 2018 and will feature a number of prominent Iranian and foreign speakers as well as a performance by Nasrin Hobby & Ensemble. 2/9/18

Architecture in medieval Persian painting: Fact or Fantasy?

How did Persian painters tackle both the depiction of architecture and the actual process of construction? Several scholars have studied the first topic, but very few have investigated the second. In neither case is the term "realism" appropriate, but the conventions for depicting architecture in Persian painting are a fascinating study in themselves, while close analysis of three later medieval paintings of workmen on building sites reveals many surprises. The lecture (by Professor Robert Hillenbrand) will show how comfortably Persian painters operated within what to a Western eye might seem like constricting conventions. ​ 2/9/18

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